Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Huckabee vs The Constitution, Gerald L. K. Smith, Al Mohler, Earl Paulk Jr., Losing the Science Race, Antarctic Ice Loss, Inflation and Spying on Us.

We all owe Mike Huckabee a big "Thank You" for admitting that the plan of the Religious Right is to basically do away with the United States as we now know it.

If you don't know it, the Religious Right has a higher calling than patriotism, love of country or compassion for their fellow man. Their calling is to do away with what they call Man's Law (the Constitution) and replacing it with their particular interpretation of what they call God's Law (the Bible), thereby insuring their entry into Heaven by, in their view, handing our country over to God on a silver platter.

What else could you read into the following quote from the Right Reverend Governor Huckabee?

"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution," Huckabee told a
Michigan audience on Monday. "But I believe it's a lot easier to change the
Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's
what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards
rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary

There's an awfully lot of us that at one time swore an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution and as far as I'm concerned that oath still holds. So, Governor, you and your ilk can keep your filthy, covetous hands the hell off my Constitution.

If the Religious Right were ever able to get what they want, in no time the country would be torn apart by the different Christian factions arguing over whose interpretation of a particular verse was the right one. That's why we have so many churches all over the place. Christians can't agree about their own beliefs. And you thought all those churches were a sign of great religiosity in this country. Nope, just great contention.

Jim Pinkerton, a Huckabee aide, advocates putting the police in front of every mosque in this country as a way to defend "Christendom". The Crusades didn't work the first time around.

The modern Religious Right has taken on and expanded the views of now dead Arkansas preacher Gerald L. K. Smith, kindly put, he was a nut.

Smith's perceived giant would be the modern religious right. Smith ought to
be of interest since he was one of the founding fathers of the movement
according to author Glen Jeansonne. Smith once sought the office of President
of the United States forsaking his ordination as a minister in the Christian
Church. Much like Pat Robertson and Arkansas preacher Mike Huckabee, Smith felt led to
another platform.

Drawing his parallels form the folklore of Gulliver's giant, Smith believed
the silent majority of American voters had not yet been aroused from slumber.
They, like Gulliver's giant, were held down by small impotent pygmies who held
great sway over the giant by their evil and orchestrated efforts to harness and
hold the great being. Smith, founder of the famous Passion Play in Eureka
Springs, Arkansas, wrote, "We have been overrun with pygmies, poisoners and
traitors. Ten thousand organizations have sprung up for the purpose of
crystallizing this shackling process, this porgram of bureaucratic regimentation, this innoculation of treason's
poison. To the short sighted and faithless, America has been drugged, opiated, shackled and
subdued." A few years later leaders like the late TV preacher James Kennedy
reasoned with his faithful followers that the ACLU, which he called the anti
Christian liberal union, was out to destroy Christianity. The preception by James Dobson's crowd is that a
small faction in the nation keeps the lid on the majority opinion which they

To those who might think I am stretching it a bit linking Smith's racism to
the early religious right I assure you I am not alone in this. A more recent
point is the report that Al Mohler is now being promoted as the next president
of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mohler, a seminary president in the SBC has openly stated that
white women need to be more fertile. He stated such in Al's blog Aug. 15, 2005.
Some in the Dominion movement have given up on restructuring the society by
legislation and have adopted the idea of expanding their base by reproduction.
Thus the more births, the more future voters. Mohler stated that the cultures who birthed the
nation are not keeping up with the other cultures in the country.

Gerald Smith, who once in the 30s wrote Hitler asking for an audience, is
buried under the 70 foot statue known as Jesus of the Ozarks. Whether or not
Gerald's giant exists is subject to a great deal of speculation today. Some
claim it lived a short life and is now dead. A lot is at stake and lots of
people are counting on their opinions about this giant propelling someone into

Apparently Al Mohler's kind of a nut too.

If you think that preachers are made of a stronger moral fiber than the rest of us...

(AP) An 80-year-old leader of a suburban megachurch who is at the center of a sex scandal has
been charged with lying under oath for saying he had sex outside marriage with
only one other woman, court documents show.

Former church employee Mona Brewer is suing Paulk, his brother and the church on allegations
that Paulk
manipulated her into an affair from 1989 to 2003 by telling her it was her only
path to salvation. In a 2006 deposition stemming from the lawsuit, the
archbishop said under oath that the only woman he had ever had sex with outside
of his marriage was Brewer.

But the results of a court-ordered paternity test revealed in October that Paulk is the
biological father of his brother's son, D.E. Paulk, who is now head pastor at the church. As part
of Brewer's lawsuit, eight women have given sworn depositions that they were
coerced into sexual relationships with Earl Paulk.

Oh well, there was a time when I considered nookie a higher calling.

If the Religious Right ever did take over, we wouldn't have to worry about things like the U.S. losing it's edge in scientific and technological innovation. After all, science is just a liberal plot to make people who don't believe in global warming and evolution look stupid.

Many Americans remain ignorant about much of science, the board said; for
example, many are unable to answer correctly when asked if the Earth moves
around the Sun (it does). But they are not noticeably more ignorant than people
in other developed countries except on two subjects: evolution and the Big Bang.
Although these ideas are organizing principles underlying modern biology and
physics, many Americans do not accept them.

“These differences probably indicate that many Americans hold religious
beliefs that cause them to be skeptical of established scientific ideas,” the
report said, “even when they have some basic familiarity with those ideas.”

Science means nothing to the Right as long as scientific conclusions differ from the Right's agenda. Global warming is a good example. Here's the NYT's John Tierney whoring for the Big Polluters.

When the Arctic sea ice last year hit the lowest level ever recorded by
satellites, it was big news and heralded as a sign that the whole planet was
warming. When the Antarctic sea ice last year reached the highest level ever
recorded by satellites, it was pretty much ignored. A large part of Antarctica
has been cooling recently, but most coverage of that continent has focused on
one small part that has warmed.

Is that so? No. Here's the latest.

The Antarctic ice sheet is losing as much as 36 cubic miles of ice a year
in a trend that scientists link to global warming, according to a new paper that
provides the first evidence that the sheet's total mass is shrinking

The new findings, which are being published today in the journal
Science, suggest that global sea level could rise substantially over the next
several centuries.

I guess that taking a look at what our current faith-based president has wrought would be the best argument for keeping people who believe that they are doing God's work out of politics.

God must think that we are too well off, for He has sent a plague of inflation to afflict us.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale inflation shot up in 2007 by the largest
amount in 26 years even though falling gasoline costs allowed price pressures to
moderate in December.

The Labor Department reported that wholesale inflation was up 6.3
percent for all of 2007, reflecting a huge increase for the year in various
types of energy costs ranging from gasoline to home heating oil.

And I guess that God told his man in the White House that the rest of us can't be trusted on our own and a close eye needs to be kept on the sinners.

National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell is drawing up plans for cyberspace
spying that would make the current debate on warrantless wiretaps look like a "walk in the park,"
according to an interview published in the New Yorker's print edition today.

Lord protect us from your followers.

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