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I was going to post this yesterday morning, but decided I hadn't had enough time to proof read it before leaving for Thanksgiving, so I decided to wait until after I got home.  

Sure enough, by the time I got home someone had already posted at least part of what my post was about!  See: Christian Coalition Continues to Implode: President-Elect Resigns.  

I knew I should have put it up then - flaws and all!

Anyway, since my point was to write about the collage of evangelical crumblings and not just the one diaried yesterday (and recommended! mind you) , I decided to post my diary this morning.  So here goes...

It’s been a horrible year for the hate-mongers among us.  

Evangelical leaders – insisting their followers focus on the things they say Jesus would truly want them to focus their energies on: gays and abortion – don’t seem to be able to get their wayward flocks to listen as easily anymore.

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While millions are starving, dying from AIDS or being slaughtered in Africa, and millions live below the poverty level here in our own country, the handful of sociopaths running groups like Focus on the Family, American Family Associations and the Christian Coalition of America insist they maintain their status quo of hate and fear.

Fortunately for the rest of the civilized world, the status quo is ripping them apart.

Just before the elections, Pastor Ted Haggard’s the New Life Church hate ministry, was rocked to its gay-bashing foundation when it was revealed that Pastor Ted (as he was called) was caught living a double life of homosexuality, male prostitution and hardcore drugs.  

This is the same Pastor Ted recently seen pontificating said hatred in the delightful independent film, ‘Jesus Camp'.

Then, as quickly as Don Wildmon’s silly American  Family Association’s called for a boycott of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club for this Thanksgiving weekend - because of Wal-Mart’s acceptance of all things gay - the boycott was called off and inexplicably called a victory by AFA, despite getting nothing they demanded from Wal-Mart.  

Similar boycotts or threats of boycotts were made towards Ford, Disney and Microsoft – which were also unsuccessful.

The specific “grievances” AFA had with Wal-Mart (according to the AFA's email alert from earlier this week) include:

Wal-Mart giving $60,000 to homosexual group to support homosexual agenda in the workplace, made a generous donation to the Northwest Arkansas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center, sells pro-homosexual items from their website, asks for, and received, permission to join Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, invited homosexual ad agency to headquarters for 2-day seminar to indoctrinate employees and chose to promote "Brokeback Mountain" video over the top-selling family-oriented film, "The Chronicles of Narnia" which Wal-Mart did not promote.  

Thanks to AmericaBlog for supplying the original post & list that I used.

According to the AP,  it now seems Rev. Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church (a mega-church with 6,000 members in Orlando) and the President-elect of Pat  Robertson’s floundering Christian Coalition of America, resigned before even taking office.

It seems Rev. Hunter had hoped to focus on real issues such as poverty and the  environment, wanting to expand the organization's agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage, but the national group would not let  him.

"They pretty much said, 'These issues are fine, but they're not our issues, that's not our base,'" Hunter said. "To tell you the truth, I feel like there are literally millions of evangelical Christians that don't have a home right now."

As Mitt  Romney runs around the country spewing hate through his Mormon brand of gay-bashing (here,  here and here),  one has to wonder how much longer this tactic can list?  

With this century’s final awakening  of intolerance coming to an end, Mitt, like many of his fellow firebrands, seems dangerously unaware (for him) of his bases’ recent (and succinct) election failures.

Hopefully the firebrand in his eyes will keep him blinded to that reality.

Now, if only there was a way to nip the wide-eyed students of the old hate masters in the bud.  

They've already infiltrated companies like Disney, who has become hostage to a select few whack-jobs like 'The Path to 9/11' writer Cyrus Nowrasteh and it's director, David Cunningham of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) - both are card carrying religious zealots masquerading as independent film makers.  

So, it seems the fight is moving from the pulpit to the board room and to be honest - unless every project these agenda-driven fails or is exposed prior to being integrated into society - the fight might actually be worse than when it came from an easily identified hate-preachers of the past.

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UPDATE: (Well, really a question):  Has anyone (in the blogoshpere) ever taken a guy like James Dobson, Pat Robertson or Tony Perkins and really investigated them?  You know, like the pros some of you are at finding out all the details?

I really have NO DOUBT these guys are exactly what they preach against.  They aren't smart enough to have erased all the proof.  

I guess that's a challenge of sorts.  ;-)  LOL

UPDATE II: Here's a list of the top evangelical hate-mongers (with links).  Media Matters really keeps a great record of all their lunacies.

  1. Pat Robertson and his 700 Club.
  1. James Dobson
  1. Tony Perkins and his Family Research Council.
  1. The Christian Coalition
  1. Randall Terry
  1. Evangelical (just for good measure).

If you can think of anymore that should be on this list, give a holler!

Originally posted to Junglered1 on Fri Nov 24, 2006 at 09:49 AM PST.

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  •  The plethora of "boycotts" launched by the wackos (5+ / 0-)

    are, IMHO, beginning to make them a laughingstock in the public view. You are correct...absolutely none of these boycotts have been successful. In fact, to the contrary, the boycotts may actually have helped the targeted companies, a point made in a comment I posted yesterday here.

    From the shining blue city in the red swamp of Georgia.

    by VolvoDrivingLiberal on Fri Nov 24, 2006 at 09:55:15 AM PST

  •  when a right wing group boycotts Wal-mart (4+ / 0-)
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    Avila, davidkc, marykk, Junglered1

    the inevitable result has to be a belly laugh.   First in thier corporate polcies and unwritten standards they are about as hard right as you can imagine.  Second have Wildmon ever looked his followers?   I'd wager 90%+ of them drive thier cars and trucks directly to Wal-mart the minute they get out of church on Sundays.  In many cases because they literally have no other choice.

    Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

    by Magorn on Fri Nov 24, 2006 at 10:00:50 AM PST

    •  Not a good sign for the fundies (1+ / 0-)
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      You know things are not going well for the fundies when they decide to boycott Wal-mart of all places, especially when the reason for their boycott is that Wal-mart is cozying up too much to the gays.  

    •  The Other Side Of The Coin (2+ / 0-)
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      The Republican establishment is really a By Big Business and For Big Business entity that uses religion rhetoric to provide them with workers and voters to obtain the majority necessary to promote their Big Business agenda. The majority of high profile preachers are in fact a Big Business corporation with themselves as the multimillion dollar Big Business entity.

      So the other side of the coin is that when Religion goes against Big Business, Religion will lose every time. While the preachers may come out with token boycotts in order to maintain their creditability, they will not sustain or enforce them because they are part of the Big Business establishment.

  •  Thanks for keeping this topic alive (2+ / 0-)
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    Avila, Junglered1

    Sorry I beat you to the punch with my diary yesterday, but there is much, much more to explore on this topic, as you've shown.

    The right-wing fundies' message of hate seems to be losing its punch.  Time will tell if the hate-mongers are just taking a breather or if people are finally waking up to their hypocritical, power-hungry, money-grubbing, non-Christian ways.

    •  I forgive you ;-) (2+ / 0-)
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      What I find most confusing is that if you look at the  history of the biggest and loudest haters - whether it's on abortion, gays, drugs/criminal, etc.- they're usually the worst offenders.

      Going all the way back (my memory at least) to Jim Baker and now up to Anti-Durg Addict Rush (drug addict), Moral Preacher, Bill Bennett (gambling degenerate),  sex is bad Bill Orally (sexual harasser), gays are evil Ted Haggard (gay).  

      Can't you just see Pat Robertson in a black leather harness (with gag and hood) being lead around by a male hooker in a hotel room like a slave?

      I promised my family they won't see me dragged from my home by men in black, dangling off ropes from helicopters.

      by Junglered1 on Fri Nov 24, 2006 at 10:34:17 AM PST

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    •  oops, I forgot... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...the confusing part is why the hell MSM doesn't get it after all these years???  

      Why they give these lunatics any air time, other than to call them out, is beyond me?!

      I promised my family they won't see me dragged from my home by men in black, dangling off ropes from helicopters.

      by Junglered1 on Fri Nov 24, 2006 at 10:35:49 AM PST

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  •  My favorite outraged (3+ / 0-)
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    fundy email came to me recently from my ultra-con uncle.  One of his current projects is the effort to "SHUT DOWN THE ACLU!"

    Their latest "make them eat their war on Christmas" tactic?  Flooding the ACLU with Christmas cards!  I laughed for hours.  That'll show 'em!  Christmas cards!

    Yeah, you guys over there on "God's side" just keep yourselves busy.  The rest of us appreciate having you out from underfoot.

    Visualize something profound here.

    by CJB on Fri Nov 24, 2006 at 10:46:58 AM PST

  •  Seriously, where are these folks gonna shop (1+ / 0-)
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    if they can't shop at Wal-Mart??  Even at the risk of making a huge generalization, isn't there a large likelihood of overlap between Subset A, who attend mega-church and subscribe to the American Family Association, and Subset B, who live in a community that has been parasitized by Wal-Mart?

    Asking these people to boycott Wal-Mart is like asking us to boycott MSNBC.  If there's only one place you can go to get what you need, being asked to give it up for the cause is going to be more than most are willing or able to do.

    The religious right is lathering itself into oblivion.  I am loving the show!

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