Pennsylvania Republican senator Rick Santorum -- Golden
Boy of the Christian Right, rabid homophobe, and Bush �yes-man� -- was crushed
in the 2006 election by a margin larger than anyone had expected.
Also on election
day 2006, it was reported
by the Associated Press that James
Dobson, leader of theanti-gay Focus on the Family and close friend of
Ted Haggard, �will be one of the people overseeing counseling for� Mr.
Haggard. Later on November 7, Dobson bailed out:
�I don�t have the time.�
And just after
noon on November 8, time ran out
for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, in whom Bush had only recently
expressed �total faith.� According to Bush, �America is safer and the world
more secure� because of Donald Rumsfeld�s leadership. If that were so, why the
abrupt change following the election?
The entire world
knew Rumsfeld was a disaster. Did �Stay the Course� GWB not just realize that?
No one could be that stupid, not even
George W. Could he?
Clearly Bush and
the GOP are scrambling given Americans� overwhelmingly expression of
dissatisfaction expressed at the ballot box. Dobson and the Christian Right are
also running scared, as well they should. �Hubris� and �downfall� are
deviousness were (and still are) the modi
operandi of both the GOP and the Christian Right. Witness Texas governor
Rick Perry: �Non-Christians
condemned to hell.�
Perry was attending a fire and brimstone theopolitical
rally at San Antonio�s Cornerstone Church, presided over by Rev. John Hagee who told the flock
(1,500 plus a radio and TV audience), �If you live your life and don�t confess
your sins to God almighty through the authority of Christ and his blood, I�m
going to say this very plainly, you�re going straight to hell with a nonstop
ticket." Perry agreed: �In my faith, that�s what it says,
and I�m a believer of that.�
deviousness, my polling location had always been a local public school. But
that school is being expanded and renovated. The construction made it
impossible to use it this year, so my polling location was relocated to St.
John of the Cross Parochial School. I find it difficult to believe that this
Republican-dominated county could not find a non-religious site for a polling
When I walked
passed the church, rectory and into the Catholic school�s gymnasium, crucifixes
were everywhere. I was offended. Seems my experience and reaction were not
unique, as the Associated Press reported:
Crucifix Hung Over Ballot Box Where Anti-gay
Amendment Being Decided
Wisconsin) A Jewish man whose polling place was at a Catholic church said he
was disturbed to see a crucifix hanging over a ballot box.
Bar-Av of Middleton said issues on Tuesday�s ballot such as gay marriage and
the death penalty �are essentially on the national divide on religion and
65-year-old Middleton man said, �If there is a place where church and state
should be separated, the polling place should be it.�
Wisconsin passed a
constitutional �gay marriage� ban, as did several other states. But an anti-gay
constitutional amendment failed in Arizona. That state�s motto is, appropriately,
�God� would indeed
enrich all people and all families, not single out some for
condemnation and exclusion as the leaders of the Christian Right preach. How
hypocritical that Colorado -- home to Ted Haggard and James Dobson�s �Focus on
the Family� -- banned not only same-sex
marriages, but also domestic partnership benefits for gay families and their children.
Focus on the Family and its political arm spent about $900,000 to defeat
equality and condemn families that didn�t fit their theopolitical agenda.
One rabidly anti-gay leader of the Christian Right exemplifies
the movement�s deception, hubris and condescending disdain for anyone who
doesn�t blindly obey. A November 10 article
by Larry Cohler-Esses, editor at large of The
Jewish Week, made the case:
Right Agenda In Shambles After GOP Defeat
Moderate Evangelicals seen chafing
against narrow priorities like abortion, gay rights. Will some work with Dems?
For a man witnessing a debacle in real time, Rev.
Louis Sheldon, a leader of the Christian Right political movement, sounded
amazingly sanguine Tuesday night -- even as an early AP exit poll indicated
that almost one-third of white Evangelicals chose a Democrat for Congress.
�We know that in America the people are
with us,� insisted the founder and chairman of the Traditional Values
Coalition, one of the largest groups in the Christian right. �They�re just
If you don�t believe and act as delusional dogmatist Sheldon
tells you to, then you�re �confused,� a polite way of saying you�re stupid.
Echoing Randall Terry�s proclamation --
I want you to just let a wave of
intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you.
Yes, hate is good . . . Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical
duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don�t want equal time.
We don�t want pluralism.
� �Sheldon scoffed at . . . the idea that Christian right
activists might cultivate relationships with the newly empowered Democrats.�
That�s the same Louis P. Sheldon who took money from a client of Jack Abramoff,
the convicted fundraiser and briber. The Abramoff client from whom Sheldon�s
TVC accepted �a donation� was an Internet gambling firm. At the time �Lucky
Louie� and the TVC were campaigning against
Just as telling is the fact that,
as Cohler-Esses reported, �Sheldon disclosed that he and �a lot� of others knew
about Haggard�s homosexuality �for awhile . . . but we weren�t sure just how to
deal with it.�� So in true Christian Right and Republican fashion, they just
covered it up.
What�s the likelihood of Haggard�s
close friend James Dobson having been among that ��a lot� of others� who�d
known about Haggard�s homosexuality �for awhile�? Might this embarrassing
collusion have something to do with Dobson�s not having time to �help� his
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don�t stand in the doorway
Don�t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There�s a battle outside
And it is ragin.�
It�ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin.�
� Bob Dylan
The times are indeed changin.� Wasn�t it amazing how quickly
the arrogant my-way-or-no-way George W. Bush seemed
to change after the 2006 election? It remains to be seen if he�ll �stand in the
doorway� or �block up� the halls of real
change the voters mandated. You have to wonder what odds �Lucky Louie� would
give on that happening.
As for the politicized Christian
Right, their opaque windows have been badly stained. Their walls of exclusion
are crumbling. And they�re hopelessly stalled in a dogmatic past, unable to
change, as Lou Sheldon so eloquently stated and �I don�t have the time� Dobson
so well demonstrated.
The future Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi said political revenge is not the agenda, and John Sonego�s article,
�Understanding Haggard�s fall from grace,� expressed the attitude of gay
Americans the Christian Right and their faith-based GOP sycophants had sought
to demonize and disenfranchise (and continue to do so in the
name of their perversion of �God�).
next two years should be interesting . . .