Praise the Lord and Pass the Ballot

(Vote Republican or Go to Hell!) 

Recently, I was discussing the right wing whoring of religion with a conservative talk show host. He claimed that the right wing did not have the monopoly on using religion. He also stated that the use of religion for political reasons made him sad. It doesn't make me sad, it makes me angry.

A conservative website posted a story about the same time implying that a left wing liberal church in California called the police on three marines and had them kicked out of the church. A shocking story if you read just the right wing propogandist version.

Being a conservative fighter though, I checked a little deeper and discovered to my complete expectation, that a large part of the story had been left out.

The marines in question were not in uniform during the service. There were three of them with shaved heads dressed in street clothes. They stood up during the service, walked to the front of the church, turned to face the congregation, stared at them said nothing and then walked out. They came back the following week and were talking during the service disrupting other parishioners enjoyment of the sermon. Parishioners of the Catholic Church were mainly spanish speaking and they were rightly, a little freaked out by this unusual behavior as would any rich republican member of any mall sized church anywhere in America.

The implication was this; left wing California whackos kick out God fearing Marines because they don't like the military. A much more politically useful story than the truth.

Here is the conservative lie.

Here is the true story.

Judge for yourself.

Now, kicking people out of church for their job or political affiliation is completely wrong...right conservatives. So I wonder how many of you will be outraged at the behavior of Pastor Chan Chandler of the East Waynesville Baptish Church in North Carolina who excommunicated 9 members of the church for being Democrats? Pastor Chandler stated that anyone who supported John Kerry during the election or who did not vote for George Bush was not a Christian. When nine members refused to change their political affiliation, the right reverend Chandler, kicked them out. To their credit, 40 additional members left the church in protest.

An isolated incident? An abhorrent example of a man of faith going over the line? Or is this a new wave the right wing politicalization of religion. Surely, this can't be condoned or encouraged by our leaders in Washington, right?

Wrong! This is just the first example of an organized political movement to claim religion as a political prize. "You are either with us or against us," is not just a slogan in the "war on terror". It is now a talking point pushed forward regarding religion. But don't believe me; let's hear from the vice president:

If we don't do anything at all, if we just stay where a lot of people have said we ought to stay -- there are a number of members of Congress of the other faith who have said that we don't need to do anything -- well, if you don't do anything, the net result will be, for somebody today, say, in their 30s, by the time they get to retirement age, their benefit levels are going to be cut some 26 percent or 27 percent. Automatic, that's what will happen with today's existing law.

But it wasn't just Ol' Dick who presented this new meme. Let's look at the biting inciteful questions from two plants, uh I mean, completely random American patriots in the audience:

Q Mr. Vice President, thank you for coming to Georgia, and thank you and the President for your leadership in the war on terror. Millions of Americans appreciate that.
My question is, I watched the press conference the other night with the President, and it seems like when the two of you come up with serious ideas that those from the other faith, in the other party, all they do is demonize and, in many cases, just lie and try to divide the older generation, our grandparents from us, those in our 30s.

...and the brilliant:

Q Good morning, Vice President Cheney. I'd like to ask a question. This morning you've really delineated very well a lot of points in the program and what you and the President want to do. Could you delineate for us, because I think we have a little bit of an easy audience this morning on convincing us of this program -- could you delineate out a few other points from the other side, or the other faith, differences maybe in what you're saying this morning, and maybe what they're saying or not saying?

Here is the text of the entire propoganda filled circle jerk.

How much longer until we "of the other faith" are forced to sew the letter "D" onto our clothing?

Scary times my friends. Scary times.

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