Friday, September 24, 2004

Kerry Ambivalence Watch

The Republicans seemed to be determined to reduce my ambivalence about Kerry.

The Republican Party acknowledged yesterday sending mass mailings to residents of two states warning that "liberals" seek to ban the Bible. It said the mailings were part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for President Bush.

The mailings include images of the Bible labeled "banned" and of a gay marriage proposal labeled "allowed." A mailing to Arkansas residents warns: "This will be Arkansas if you don't vote." A similar mailing was sent to West Virginians.

Truly a new low. I can't think of a recent campaign that has seen such an outrageous assertion by a party. And this is what they are openly admitting to, so I can't imagine what kind of stuff they are mailing out through front groups.


DC said...

You can say it's outrageous, but the fact is that Democrats absolutely want to ban the Bible from any meaningful involvement in American government or public life ... i.e, the Ten Commandments, praying in school, reading the Bible in schools ... these things have all been taken down by the Left.

And ... now the Left would absolutely dismiss any discussion in the public square of the Judeo-Christian definition of marriage.

You don't like the ads ... because they hit the Left hard and where it hurts.

Anonymous said...

Sigh. The politics of fear. One thing the Repubs understand is that as long as they can keep people afraid, of ANYTHING, they have a better chance. The cynicsm of it always leaves me nearly breathless though-- the party that "hates" government and wants a Darwinian "every man for himself" world is falling back on "Vote for us, we are your big strong daddy who will keep the monsters under your bed from getting you." One, two, three...let's all turn on the lights and look under the bed together. Ooops! No monster!

And Daisy, Daisy, isn't "the Left" who wants to do away with religion in the public square-- it's people who love FREEDOM. Once upon a time, America was a more homogeneous nation, and to the extent that we weren't, those whose rights were being trampled on were much less free to express that. Being a thinking people (at least, on good days, I hope so), we figured out that was a bad thing, for many different reasons, so many of us try not to do it nowadays. Even if Christians are in the majority (which I think is disputable), the Constitution was designed to protect the rights of minorities. That's why majorities only get to rule to a certain extent.

Apparently you feel that these rules compromise your free expression, though I challenge you to cite an instance where YOU PERSONALLY have been prohibited from exercising your religious expression in the public square, as opposed to wanting taxpayer funds to support some general religious expression.

Plus, you might want to try a little imagination and empathy. You don't see why the Bible shouldn't be a central part of our public discourse. How would you feel about the Koran? Or the teachings of Buddah or Confuscious? If it would offend you to recite "One nation under Allah" in the Pledge of Allegiance, maybe you can see why someone else might object to "One nation under God". The Constitution's establishment clause not only protects people from your religion, it protects YOU from THEIRS.

Palooka said...

You pretty much proved her point. Keep it up, Anonymous.

It's debatable whether Christians are a majority? Nobody would ever accuse a liberal of being out of touch with reality, would they?

Palooka said...

Oh, anonymous, what's the wording of that Establishment Clause again?

Thomas said...

I can think of one campaign that suggested, without any evidence, that the opposition was likely to re-instate the draft, and that same campaign suggested, without any evidence, that the opposition had suppressed votes from African-Americans in the past and was going to try to do it again.

That same campaign had a habit of calling their opponents "un-American."

And this is what the candidate is saying, not his surrogates!

Imagine what lies they're spreading, and what rhetoric they're using.

(You probably don't need to imagine. I'm guessing you're on the mailing list.)