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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Rolling back The Age of Reason

Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.
-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

Compared to those that say they are patriots, such as Bill Frist,
" Frist said that if Democrats continue to block judicial nominations, "we will consider what opponents call the ‘nuclear option.'" Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has argued that if the Republicans dump the filibuster, his party would take other parliamentary actions to grind much action in the Senate to a halt."

They [the clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion. -Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Sept. 23, 1800

The Qom school believes the opposite, with Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, officially considered as the highest religious authority of the world's Shias. Qom sees the direct involvement of clerics in state ruling and executive affairs as their legitimate right and moral obligation.

Well, I think anyone can see where I'm going with this. Excessive entanglement of fundamentalist religion with the state or the state with organized religion is to the detriment of democracy and any eglaitarian goals that a democracy has. When religion starts being more about politics then saving souls, then by its goals are by humanities experience those of zealotry, not personal redemption.
from Billmon's new post,
" What strikes me most about the Straussians – and by extension, the neocons – is that they’ve pushed the traditional liberal/conservative dichotomy of American politics back about 150 years, and moved it roughly 4,000 miles to the east, to the far side of the Rhine River. Their grand existential struggle isn’t with the likes of Teddy Kennedy or even Franklin D. Roosevelt, it’s with the liberalism of Voltaire, John Locke and John Stuart Mill – not to mention the author of the Declaration of the Independence."

Sunday, April 24, 2005

How to drain the last drop of goodness out of Christianity

First or Frist wrap your arrogant immorality in the strange and deeply unamerican language. Say its the new reality. In this new morality that you're invented there can be no lies, no real values, because, hey, you're making it up as you go along.
Radical right's anti-filibuster show an assault on truth
Today, if all goes as planned, Kentucky will play host to a well-scripted immorality play in which political and religious extremists pummel truth beyond recognition and twist Christianity into an ugly caricature of itself in their crusade to give Dubya the opportunity to perform an extreme makeover on the federal courts, packing their benches with enough "faith first, law last" judges to tilt our legal system dangerously toward the model of the Spanish Inquisition.

To achieve their goal, they will pull a couple of pages from the Neo-con Republicans Political Playbook.

So, expect someone, perhaps Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (he of the long-distance medical diagnosis who once again is reaching out from afar to kiss up to the religious extremists) to repeat the hogwash he and others have been spreading lately: that Senate Democrats' threat to filibuster some of Dubya's more controversial appellate nominations is unprecedented.

You don't have to go back to 1968, when Senate Republicans led a successful filibuster against the nomination of then-Justice Abe Fortas for chief justice of the Supreme Court, to expose that falsehood.

And where is born again Bushwhacker, as usual he's AWOL from his reponsibility to not just stand up for the constitution, but for the american values that that underlie democracy. The spiteful part of me almost wishes that the wing-nuttery succeeds; drunk with unpredented power, flush with billions of corporate and american Taliban religious dollars thay've already made fools of themselves. Given a little more rope, maybe they'll hang themselves as clownish caritures of pretend values, conmen(women) of democracy; the enemy in our midst.

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