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David Ian Miller of SFGate recently had an interview with Bill Moyers, one of my favorite people. Moyers is so adept at finding and appropriately responding to things like this.  

South Dakota is merely trying to overturn a Supreme Court decision, but Texas Republicans would like to overturn the Constitution entirely, and they're not afraid to say so:

MILLER: I've seen a theme in much of your writings and speeches over the past year or so -- the idea that believing the Bible and the Koran are literally true and 100-percent applicable to today's world is causing real damage on many levels. Is that a fair assessment of what you believe?

MOYERS: Yes, true believers brook no dissent, seek no debate, accept no compromise. American politics is polarized today because the base of the Republican Party is composed of true believers: "My way or the highway."

When you have time, read the platform adopted at the recent convention of Texas Republicans. It declares, "America is a Christian nation." The delegates pledged "to exert our influence toward a return to the original intent of the First Amendment and dispel the myth of the separation of church and state."

A scholar I greatly respect, John Green, who studies church-state issues at the University of Akron, sums it up better than I can. He says: "The GOP has defined itself against Democrats by making religion, particularly issues such as abortion and gay marriage, part of its politics. This is not a political disagreement. This is a religious disagreement."

A shudder runs down my spine. Religious zealots don't want compromise, which is why they loathe democracy.

I wanted to do a Jon Stewart eye-rub when I read that.  Is that right?  Let's go see...

Found this in the Dallas Morning News.  It includes Moyers' text verbatim, but also this look at the heart and soul of Texas Republicans:

At Saturday morning's prayer meeting, ministers delivered prayers, gospel singers sang, and the Rev. Dale Young, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Laredo, picked up the convention's dominant theme of immigration.

"Lord, your words tell us there's a sign that this nation is under a curse, when the alien who lives among us grows higher and higher and we grow lower and lower," he preached.

The night before, East Texas evangelist Rick Scarborough exhorted Christians at a "values rally" to get involved in elections: "We must do more than pray. We also must put sweat to our tears."

Delegates sought him out, taking snapshots and having him sign his book Liberalism Kills Kids.

Houston activist Bobby Eberle, a candidate for party vice chairman, organized the Friday evening rally. Taking the stage, he took aim at "the ACLU, liberal Hollywood, Democrats and these left-wingers" who have bedeviled the GOP.

"We need to continue to fight, whether for the pro-life movement or for decency in programming," said Mr. Eberle, whose Internet enterprise had its own recent dust-up over decency.

Talon News, a conservative Web site owned by Mr. Eberle, employed Jeff Gannon as a White House correspondent until publicity a year ago over Mr. Gannon's appearance on gay prostitution Web sites.

Note: The platform "Christian nation" quote was included in a diary once before, June 22, by jefffromthenjdc, but he did it after 1 A.M. ET, and it seems to have slipped by the radar here.  I certainly never saw anything about this.  I don't mean to steal Jeff's thunder, so hand out some 4's to the man if you see him.  I hope I've included other interesting stuff that has made this worth your reading time.

Originally posted to skralyx on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 06:41 PM PDT.

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  •  here's a link to the platform itself (7+ / 0-)

    on the Texas Republican Party website, the 2006 Platform:

    Here's a key bit:

    Christian Nation – America is a Christian nation, founded on Judeo-Christian principles. We affirm the constitutional right of all individuals to worship in the religion of their choice.
    Safeguarding Our Religious Liberties – We affirm that the public acknowledgement of God is undeniable in our history and is vital to our freedom, prosperity and strength as a nation. We pledge to exert our influence toward a return to the original intent of the First Amendment and dispel the myth of the separation of church and state.

  •  So.... what do Conservatism, or Republicanism, (2+ / 0-)
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    DaleA, skralyx


    The possibilities are endless:

    Conservatism kills Progress
    Republicanism kills brain cells
    Conservatism kills Liberty

    and here's a good one I'd love to have a bumper sticker for:

    Republicans Kill the Constitution
    Save America:  Vote Democratic

  •  Literally True (0+ / 0-)

    Next time you talk to a "literally true" missionary of the God then ask him how King Saul died.  Should be a simple answer, right?  Trouble is there are two obvious and conflicting reports of the battle...

    Ask him, if the Earth (and Universe) were literally finished up in six days, why isn't there more of a red shift in the light from, well, almost anything.  Anything past 5000 light years out should show a humongous red shift, and God would have had to expand the Universe at a huge multi-light speed to make it the size it is, then slow the expansion WAY down.

    Of course there is the obvious, "Who did Cain marry?"  As was asked by Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind (1960).  Was there another Creation just over the hill?  

    "One of its most famous lines is delivered by silver-tongued, bombastic fundamentalist and prosecuting "Rock of Ages" attorney Matthew Harrison Brady (Fredric March) after being asked by white, tousled-haired Drummond how old he thinks a rock is:

    I am more interested in the 'Rock of Ages' than I am in the age of rocks.
    The high-minded Drummond also scores when he forces Brady to declare that only his particular interpretation of the Bible is correct - Drummond shouts out: "The Gospel according to Brady! God speaks to Brady, and Brady tells the world! Brady, Brady, Brady, Almighty!" Evangelical Brady loses his composure on the witness stand when grilled by Drummond - and blurts out, like a bumbling, mindless, stammering buffoon:

    All of you know what I stand for - what I believe! I believe in the truth of the Book of Genesis! Exodus! Leviticus! Numbers! Deuteronomy! Joshua! Judges! Ruth! First Samuel! Second Samuel! First Kings! Second Kings! Isaiah! Jeremiah! Lamentations! Ezekiel! -"

    My dad would like to sell my sister into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? (21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.)

    It's ok to have slaves as long as they come from a heathen people:  Leviticus 25:44 (Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.)

    You can go on and on.  If we want to erase almost thousand years post Magna Carta, then lets be honest about how and why.  I won't live somewhere ruled by a technical or non-technical Theocracy.  My ancestors wouldn't have put up with it.  If it comes to that, I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike Dobson, Bush (et all), as a warning to the next ten generations that some political favors come with too high a price. I want to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave.

    Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera!

    by angrytoyrobot on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 07:18:32 PM PDT

  •  Really scary stuff (2+ / 0-)
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    moiv, skralyx

    I've been hoping someone would do a diary on this --I been too wimpy to do it myself.

    The Texas GOP platform is full of awful things -- they affirm marriage is not just between one man and one woman, but between one natural man and one natural woman.  And of course, gotta give intellegent design equal time in science classrooms -- they pledge to fight for that too.

    The intolerance and ignorance they want to fight for is unbelievable.  

    •  Not to mention the inhumanity (0+ / 0-)

      of the Texas GOP platform's call to deny any non-emergency medical care to all undocumented foreign nationals, including pregnant women and small children.

      Right Christian of 'em, ain't it?

      Support the Lilith Fund: equal access for the women of Texas

      by moiv on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 09:14:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  This - not Iraq - should be our #1 issue (5+ / 0-)

    Seriously, Iraq will eventually sort things out.  It'll be bloody, it'll be costly, but, THIS is the key to our future as a country.  Too often, posters from the Coasts ASSUME that they'll never be a theocracy in America.  I did.  Until I moved South.  It is absolutely frightening the determination, the organization, the zeal and the single-minded pursuit that the Religious Right has.  It is frightening.  And, most importantly, we've totally taken the eye off the ball on this one.

    You want to fight this frame?

    Easy, simply say 'why should a Jewish-AMERICAN, Muslim-AMERICAN, Buddhist-AMERICAN have to recite Christian prayers in a public school?'

    It's NOT about atheism, it's about RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE.  

    They've already tried to co-opt the phrase 'religious freedom', WE FIGHT IT WITH RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE.

    The Religious Right is all about religious assimilation.

    Everybody else in America - to the tune of 70% of Americans who believe that there exist multiple paths to heaven - believe in religious pluralism.

    We can win this fight...but only as long as we START NOW.

  •  tax exempt status (4+ / 0-)
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    eugene, moiv, DrReason, skralyx

    They also have this on their website:

    Free Speech for the Clergy – We call for the Internal Revenue Code to be changed to allow a religious organization to address the vital issues of the day without fear of the organization losing its tax-exempt status. Further, we call for repeal of all provisions requiring religious organizations to send government any personal identification information about their contributors.

    Apparently they need new and easier ways to launder campaign contributions.

    Proud member of the women's studies crowd and a damn hippie!

    by sassy texan on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 07:51:11 PM PDT

  •  I don't mean to alarm anyone (0+ / 0-)

    but Bobby Eberle was connected to Jeff Gannon and "Talon News."

    Just thought I'd throw that out there...

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