Saturday, March 21, 2009


Once again, Newt Gingrich has reared his ugly religious head. And once again he's trying to force his beliefs down our throats. I can't speak for anyone else, and don't pretend to, but I don't need something forced on me that I do not believe.

From Alter Net:

Zombie Newt Gingrich Wants More Brains, er Religion

Newt Gingrich's career is like the stubbornest zombie in all the land. What will it take to kill this thing—a silver bullet? A stake? A machete? A Molotov cocktail to the undead head? Somebody just tell me, so we can kill his stumbling, blue-faced, boil-crusted, shredded clothes-wearing, incoherently gurgling, and BRAINS!-craving career once and for all and get on with our lives.


Gingrich has launched an organization devoted to bringing conservative evangelicals and Catholics into the political process and to strengthening the frayed alliance between economic and religious conservatives. Called Renewing American Leadership, the group is led by Gingrich's longtime communications director and includes some of the country's top conservative Christian activists on its board.

..."In the last few years I've decided that we're in a crisis in which the secular state, if allowed, will fundamentally and radically change America against the wishes of most Americans," Gingrich said in a phone interview on Thursday. "You've had such rising hostility to religious belief that I wanted to reach broadly into the country and dramatically raise public awareness of threats to religious liberty."

Blah blah blah religious victims blah blah blah. Hilariously,

US News and World Report

is currently running in the sidebar next to this story a public poll asking: "President Obama is opening many of his public events with prayers from local community leaders. Do you support this new White House tradition?" to which 59.86% of respondents have answered yes. Oh, the hostility!

Perspective: We've got a Christian president who's just as Christiany (even if it's a different flavor) as the last guy, who had an almost unanimously Christian administration which relentlessly pandered to conservative Christians, including nominating three openly Christian justices to the Supreme Court (two of whom made it to the bench), an almost entirely Christian Congress who start each session with a prayer, guaranteed freedom of religion, money that says "In God We Trust," a pledge of allegiance that describes us as "one nation under God," television networks who will accept advertising from conservative religious groups but not liberal political groups, schools who are incorporating a religious belief into science classes, gays being denied marriage in order to protect its "sanctity," conscience clauses for pharmacists and healthcare
providers, religion-based residential communities being built, Museums of Creationism springing up, laws still on the books that respect Christians' holy day (like in Indiana, where you still can't shop for a car or buy booze on a Sunday), churches not required to pay taxes, Christmas recognized as a national holiday, and on and on and on.

Anyone who looks at the American landscape and sees "threats to religious liberty" is fucking delusional.

Fuck OFF, Gingrich—and take your manufactured martyr complex with you.

(Hat Tip to Melissa McEwan at Shakesville )

There's a whole lot more from US News and World Report at the link below.

Newt Gingrich, Culture Warrior?

At a time when many religious conservatives say the Republican Party is ignoring their issues and taking their support for granted, former House speaker and GOP idea man Newt Gingrich is turning his attention to the concerns of conservative Christians like never before.

Like Melissa said above, our country and our society are dominated by Christianity. They say they want their freedom of religion, when what they really want to do is force what they believe upon everyone else whether they want it or not.

They can have they religious beliefs, that's fine with me. I want my freedom from their religion! The Constitution says the government will not make preference of one religion over another, but that has been going on for quite some time. In God We Trust on money printed by the Federal Government, and One Nation Under God in the Pledge of Allegiance proves that the Federal Government itself is shredding the Constitution.

It's time for this to change. I am so sick and tired of religion being thrown in my face everywhere I go. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!


David Aquarius said...

To these people, it isn't about Christ or even God. It's about using a person's faith to control them. That's why I find the whole 'shepherd/sheep' metaphor so telling. "The Lord is my shepherd..." Well, there's no shortage of right wing leaders willing to step into the Lord's sandals to take control of the flock.

Until we as a society set this stuff aside and grow beyond the need to express our spirituality in the public arena; we'll always be just a half step away from the savage.

Grandpa Eddie said...

David, I really think there are some of these people that aren't even a half step away from the savage.

And I agree with you that it is "about using a person's faith to control them."

Anonymous said...

GE, I'm tired of it all, too. However, I am afraid the problems are going to escalate. Seems like any time they feel threatened, they get more rabid.

Grandpa Eddie said...

".......any time they feel threatened, they get more rabid."

Couldn't agree with you more, jeg43.

And if they aren't actually being 'threatened', there will be a 'perceived' threat, or will flat out create a threat so as to get sympathy from the MSM and the radical right.

Religion needs to be completely removed from govt. End this prayer bullshit before Congress starts. The Founding Fathers did not intend this to be a 'Christian' country, they intended for religion of every kind to be left out of govt completely.

Nancy said...

Isn't it interesting that people who do the most egregious things always seem to turn to Christianity to excuse their actions?

Newtie asked his cancer-stricken wife for a divorce while she was in a hospital bed. How Chrisitan of him.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Christianity is the shield they run to and hide behind when they either are caught or fear they'll be caught for doing something that is having sex with someone other then their wife/husband, or having a gay lover,or.....well you get the idea.

Nancy said...

....or after having committed a crime, "God sent his only begotten son so my sins would be cleansed." Or, "Jesus forgave me." Hmmmm...okay.

Grandpa Eddie said...