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Last night, I shared with you a clip from yesterday's edition of Focal Point in which Bryan Fischer claimed someone had photoshopped Obama into the now-famous picture of everyone watching the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room.  

Believe it or not, that wasn't the only completely unhinged moment on yesterday's show.  Yesterday, Fischer became one of the few conservative pundits to declare himself outraged at the outrage over the rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair who pretended to be Obama getting out of the way of a bull.  His reason for why everyone was so angry at this?  Wait for it--it's because we worship the president.  No, I'm not kidding--People for the American Way got a clip.

Fischer claims that since we've deified Obama, we considered the clown to be a form of idolatry and blasphemy.  Uh huh.  What about the Republicans who condemned this disgraceful stunt as well?  Oh, that's right--in Fischer's world, any Republican who shows even the slightest sign of a conscience is a squish at best and a closet librul at worst.

It comes as no shock that Fischer thinks we liberals kiss the ground Obama walks on 24-7-365.  What comes as a shock, though, is that he seems to think the rodeo clown stunt was in any way acceptable.  But then again, that's to be expected from a guy who's an AIDS denier.

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  •  exhibit # 6,899,338,862 in the ongoing (9+ / 0-)

    show titled "The American Religious Right is Fucking Insane".

  •  Groupies do tend to fawn over heros, so the (5+ / 0-)

    Republicans have taken great pains to keep the President from looking heroic.
    They do see things from their own point of view, which is the only one they know.

    What they lack is respect. That's an interesting word because it means to "look again," i.e. not to take things at face value but to consider and evaluate. One suspects, though there is no proof, that the instinct-driven rely on superficial optics and just a glance will do them. No respect. No inspection. No introspection.

    One also suspects that their observational limitations are masked by verbal acuity. That is, they don't see too good, but to make up for it they make a lot of noise. Being verbose is, of course, a plus for a politician. It's a match. Where it is made, I won't speculate.

    •  And one "suspects" (4+ / 0-)
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      hannah, hnichols, commonmass, Gentle Giant

      by looking beneath.  

      Usually a very good idea with Republicans.

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 12:02:32 PM PDT

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    •  Not that it invalidates your point (2+ / 0-)
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      but I think you're somewhat mistaken on the etymology of "respect". In Latin, the prefix re , generally meaning "back", is often used as an intensive, possibly related to the words res (thing, cause) and the English re (regarding).

      Hence condo : erect, establish, build; and recondo : lay up, store, hoard. Or undo : to surge, wave, undulate; and  redundo : to overflow, stream over, overflow, excess, flood.

      Hence I don't think any ancient Roman used the verb respicio to mean "look again", but rather "to look intensely", or alternatively "to look back".

      (Not a Latin scholar, but did study it in high school mumblty-mumble years ago.)

      Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

      by Nowhere Man on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 01:09:07 PM PDT

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  •  We've offended the clown. (2+ / 0-)
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    And also the clown's professional associates: conservatives.

    Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

    by deben on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 12:18:17 PM PDT

  •  What is it with the "Worship" meme? (6+ / 0-)

    I have met few people so uncritical of the president to fall into that category remotely.  Most liberal leaning people I know have been quite disillusioned with President Obama since the first term.

    I'm tempted to say it's projection, but I remember my very RWNJ brother in law talking about how the "left deified Kennedy" more than 30 years ago.  So this is old tripe by now.  Maybe it's just the small world view of some people that require that others have a "religion".  If the damned librul's don't worship the right god, then they must worship Kennedy/Obama/the Environment/Charles Darwin/RuPaul or something.

    And Hanna - great point about the literal meaning of "respect".

    •  it's a fundie thing (1+ / 0-)
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      To people for whom religion is everything, everything is religion.

    •  The "worship meme" is meant to demonize our (2+ / 0-)
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      political philosophy. The Right kidnapped Jesus decades ago and claims all leftists are Godless. The accusation of worshipping the POTUS, Saul Alinsky, yada yada yada is meant to show we are not only Godless  but false-worshipers.

      Make way for the unclean!

      It's their way of stressing their supposed moral superiority over us. That's the whole purpose of that accusation.

      Of course, none of them has a clue about the dangers of self-righteousness. Very few religious righties have any idea about what Jesus stood for and the humility a good Christian is supposed to foster. Judge not, lest ye be judged.

      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 01:58:08 PM PDT

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    •  Sounds just like certain people (0+ / 0-)

      ... who can't abide critical discussion of the NSA revelations.  We all "worship" Snowden or Greenwald, don't you know.  It's simply a way to dismiss an argument by pretending its adherents don't know what they're talking about, instead of rebutting the content of the argument.  

      Somebody who pretends to have a religious basis for his bigotry should be careful about using the word "worship" in a negative light, Brian.

      We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

      by Dallasdoc on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 04:14:17 PM PDT

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  •  I've never understood the outrage from either (2+ / 0-)
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    perspective.

    I mean, who the fuck possibly cares one way or the other what these yahoos do?

  •  Have they looked at the way they treat Reagan...? (2+ / 0-)
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  •  I certainly don't "worship" the President. (2+ / 0-)
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    In fact, I happen to think that his lack of respect for whistleblowers and the personal privacy of US citizens is a total outrage. Didn't stop me from voting for him though.

    Just because I voted for him doesn't mean he's my religion.

    I'll tell you what I really don't respect or worship: people who defend minstrel shows at rodeos.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 01:45:00 PM PDT

  •  It's 8 minutes to 5:00 on a Friday. (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't give a flying f@ck at a rolling donut what Bryan Fischer thinks.

    Worship?

    Cue the Reagan clips from Fox.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 01:50:41 PM PDT

  •  Well I do worship the President (0+ / 0-)

    as much as an atheist can worship any living being.

    β€œThe answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 02:27:07 PM PDT

  •  No, I was (0+ / 0-)

    furious because I worship clowns.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 04:33:50 PM PDT

  •  These really are very strange people (0+ / 0-)

    and not in the "harmless eccentric" kind of way.

    More like the "weird, creepy, sort of threatening" way.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 06:12:10 PM PDT

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