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As many know, right-wing nuts Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, and Rick Santorum are coming to Philly for "Justice Sunday III," where they have a meeting in a Church, blame Democrats for ruining the world, and instruct us that is there is a God out there, surely what is on his mind is not the billions of poor people in the world, but putting Sam Alito into the Supreme Court.

Why are they coming to Philly specifically?  Because the Rev. Herb Lusk, of North Philly's Greater Exodus Baptist Church, invited them in.  Lusk, unlike virtually every other Philadelphian, is an admirer of President Bush, and a recipient of his pork.  In fact, Lusk apparently "admires" Falwell and Dobson.  As such, I thought that in the extended entry, I would go through a few of Dobson, and Falwell's greatest hits.  And, to Senator Santorum, I have to say- just as you seem to be trying to moderate your image (with the ol flip-flop on Intelligent Design), I thank you for reminding us who you really are.  

Here are some of Falwell, Dobson and Santorum's greatest hits.  And, if interested and near Philly, help greet them Sunday, at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church, 704 N Broad St. at 7pm.  

Jerry Falwell, on the root causes of 9/11:  

I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.

Falwell, on HIV/AIDS:

AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharaoh's charioteers . . . AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.

Falwell, on Islam:  

I think Muhammad was a terrorist. I read enough by both Muslims and non-Muslims, [to decide] that he was a violent man, a man of war.

James Dobson, on Gay rights:

Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.

Dobson, on the place of woman in society:

My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.

Dobson, on our public universities:

State Universities are breeding grounds, quite literally, for sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), homosexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

So, these are the people coming to Philly, eh?  And why does Santorum want to associate with them.  Oh wait, I forgot:

Rick Santorum, on the priest abuse scandal:

It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm

Santorum, on his stance towards gay people:

I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts.

Santorum on working women (of which his mother was one):

Many women have told me, and surveys have shown, that they find it easier, more "professionally" gratifying, and certainly more socially affirming, to work outside the home than to give up their careers to take care of their children. Think about that for a moment...Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism, one of the core philosophies of the village elders.

And, Santorum on College education for poor mothers:

The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong.

I am glad Philly's own Herb Lusk admires these men.  I plan to admire them with a good ol Philadelphia salute, myself.

Originally posted to danielua on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 06:26 AM PST.

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  •  Justice Sunday? (none)
    Have heard this phrase a couple of times, and I keep thinking "Billy Sunday".

    So, this is the second plague to hit Philadelphia (first one around 1790, of Yellow Fever, which persuaded the Founding Fathers to move the new Capital to a swamp).  Let's hope that Philly fares better this time.

  •  Satire is really the best way to fight these peeps (none)
    Show up with signs reading "I agree with Santorum, women are unclean during their monthly sin and should stay at home!"
    "Gays cause cancer in puppies!"
    etc etc etc

    Or best of all..

    "Santorum, Clean up your mess!"

    Wars always bring bigger problems then they settle... It's up to us to have such a good democracy that other people want it too. -Woody Hayes 1986

    by Irrelevant Prolixity on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 06:44:34 AM PST

  •  Tell us more of Herb Lusk (none)
    We know Falwell, Dobson and Santorum.

    "Think this through with me, let me know your mind." - Hunter/Garcia

    by epcraig on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 07:03:40 AM PST

    •  well (4.00)
      From the NYT Sunday Magazine profile on Santorum, still accessible if you have TimesSelect, or can Google:
      One afternoon in Philadelphia, the Rev. Herb Lusk, a friend and ally of Santorum's who was known as the praying tailback when he played for the Philadelphia Eagles, showed me around his church and nonprofit social-service agency, called People for People, which takes up all eight floors of the city's former traffic-court building. The enterprise is impressive in its scale. Lusk provides job training, child care, G.E.D. tutoring and mentoring to children of inmates. He also oversees a day-care program, a 700-student charter school and a credit union. The top floor of his building, a catering hall called the View, affords a panorama of Philadelphia and is rented out for weddings and parties. Lusk said his nonprofit is acquiring hundreds of parcels of land in the area, and under what has been dubbed the Triangle Plan, it plans to build a mix of housing and retail stores. In all, Lusk employs more than 200 people.

      "What you're looking at is a faith-based nonprofit empire," Lusk said. "I don't say that to be braggadocious. That's just a fact."

      Much of what People for People does amounts to work that has essentially been outsourced from government, just as it has been, for years, to Catholic Social Services, Jewish Family Service and other large nonprofit agencies. Lusk has caseworkers, just like the state welfare department. He told me that his organization receives about $10 million a year in public money; Santorum has also helped seed the People for People Community Development Credit Union by depositing $250,000 in campaign funds, for which he asked no interest.

      "Rick is my friend," said Lusk, who is black, adding that his support of Santorum and other Republicans has caused him to be called an Uncle Tom, and worse. "Oh, it was taboo. I was out of touch with my people and so forth. But Rick's support, it doesn't go away, so you have to pay attention to it. Why is this man continuing to be here, to spend time here, even as he gets killed in Philadelphia? I'm sure he would like to win Philadelphia if he could, but that's not realistic."

      . . . .Lusk went on to say that he and Santorum "agree on matters of faith," and that social issues were part of what bound them. When I asked which ones, he said: "Gay marriage, mainly. That's nonnegotiable."

      Lusk showed me several classrooms with new computers lined up side by side, hundreds of them altogether. They are used for training in the welfare-to-work program and are "state of the art," he said, which he insists on because he does not believe anyone will hire people trained on inferior equipment. But as Lusk was leading me through his complex, almost all of the computers were sitting idle. It occurred to me that if this were a government agency, someone could very well view these empty, computer-filled classrooms, fairly or unfairly, as an example of government waste.

      Lusk explained that he must "put up a firewall" between the work he does for his taxpayer-financed nonprofit and his role as the spiritual leader of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church. "You're not allowed to proselytize," Lusk said. "However, ultimately, I am a church man. I'm not trying to win people over to the Philadelphia Eagles, or George W., or Rick Santorum. I'm trying to win people for the Lord."

      His solution is to feed the clients of his nonprofit agency a free lunch every day at his church. "And there will always be someone at that lunch giving their testimony about their relationship with the Lord," he said. "That's the way we do it. Jesus always operated around food, banquets and so forth. It's always been a nice attraction."

  •  Christian Rightwing attacking NBC TV SHOW (none)
    http://news.yahoo.com/...

    Two Stations Won't Air 'Book of Daniel'

    Two television stations are refusing to broadcast a new NBC series about an Episcopal priest who abuses painkillers, has a gay son, a promiscuous straight son, a daughter who deals marijuana, and a wife who drinks too much.

  •  HERE'S ONE RELIGIOUS LEADER (none)
    By Jesse Olivarez
    The Oklahoman (1/5/06)

    The senior pastor of a Tulsa Baptist church was arrested outside a northwest Oklahoma City hotel after allegedly propositioning an undercover officer, police said.

    Lonnie Wayne Latham, 59, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of offering to engage in an act of lewdness, police Capt. Jeffrey Becker said. He was released on $500 bail Wednesday.
    Officers were working in the area of NW 39 and Pennsylvania Avenue after receiving several complaints from area residents that men were flagging down passers-by and propositioning them.
    About 9:45 p.m., the plainclothes officer was driving an unmarked car and investigating the complaints when a car began following the officer's car.
    Both cars then pulled into a parking lot on the southeast corner of NW 39 and N Youngs Boulevard. The man driving the second car then told the undercover officer he had a hotel room at a nearby motel and asked the officer to go back to his room with him for oral sex, Becker said.
    Latham was arrested a short time later in the parking lot of the Habana Inn, 2200 NW 39 Expressway. His car was impounded.
    A conviction on an offering to engage in lewdness charge, if one is filed against Latham, carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
    Becker said Latham was not accused of solicitation because no money was offered or exchanged.
    Officials at South Tulsa Baptist Church had no comment and calls to Latham's home went unanswered late Wednesday.
    As he exited the Oklahoma County jail, Latham told NEWS9 he had been set up by police.
    "I was set up," he said. "I was involved in a prayer ministry in that area and had a dialogue with police. The officer made many suggestions."
    Becker said the officer reported there was no discussion of prayer during the exchange. The officer said the man called himself Luke, claimed he was from Dallas, worked out of Tulsa and visited Oklahoma City once a month.
    Latham is one of four executive members of the national Southern Baptist General Convention from Oklahoma. Heidi B. Wilburn, spokeswoman for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said in a statement that the group is "deeply grieved" by Latham's arrest.
    "Our first concern is for his church and family," she said. "As Christians we reach out to those who hurt; however, we fully support law enforcement in dealing with these matters. While we certainly do not condone this type of activity, we do continue to care and pray for Lonnie during this difficult time."
    In 2004, Latham spoke out against the statewide measure that established the Oklahoma lottery. He has also supported the Southern Baptist Convention's policy that urges its members to befriend gays and lesbians and convince them they can become heterosexual.

  •  santorum wants to lose? (none)
    how does this help santorum in his re-election bid?seems like he would want to stay as far away from these loons as possible. this will make a nice commercial for casay!
  •  Santorum (none)
    Santorum is an absolute disgrace of a Senator.  I can't believe some of those quotes from him.  It'll be nice when Pennslyvania decides they no longer want a Senator who's constantly putting his foot in his mouth.
  •  Welcome them with a Bronx Cheer! (none)
    It'll work in Philadelphia too.

    "same old fears, same old crimes-we haven't changed since ancient times.." "Iron Hand" Dire Straits

    by boilerman10 on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 08:29:44 AM PST

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