It sure looks like a particular brand of religion has become a predominant factor in the outcome of Election 2004: Christian Fundamentalists.
Frankly... these people scare me. When it comes to fundamentalists I don't see any difference between Brand A and Brand B. Their leaders control them through fear, brainwashing, and their bizarre interpretations of whatever ReligiousTome their particular brand references. They question nothing.
In the past, I had pretty much ignored ReligiousWackos thinking they were just to bizarre to ever become a major social force. Then came modern day terrorism.
Although a variety of motives have caused (and will cause) people to resort to terrorism, there is little doubt that fundamentalism bred the current crop of terrorists.
So... bizarre as their message may be... maybe it's time to pay attention to what the leaders of fundamentalists are telling their flock. As recent history has shown, ultimately... the flock does act on what their leaders tell them is real.
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson Agree:
By John F. Harris
God Gave U.S. 'What We Deserve'
Washington Post Staff Writer
September 14, 2001
Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America.
"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve," said Falwell, appearing yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," hosted by Robertson.
"Jerry, that's my feeling," Robertson responded. "I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population."
Falwell said the American Civil Liberties Union has "got to take a lot of blame for this," again winning Robertson's agreement: "Well, yes."
Then Falwell broadened his blast to include the federal courts and others who he said were "throwing God out of the public square." He added: "The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.' "
People for the American Way transcribed the broadcast and denounced the comments as running directly counter to President Bush's call for national unity. Ralph G. Neas, the liberal group's president, called the remarks "absolutely inappropriate and irresponsible."
Robertson and others on the religious right gave critical backing to Bush last year when he was battling for the GOP presidential nomination. A White House official called the remarks "inappropriate" and added, "The president does not share those views."
Falwell was unrepentant, saying in an interview that he was "making a theological statement, not a legal statement."
"I put all the blame legally and morally on the actions of the terrorist," he said. But he said America's "secular and anti-Christian environment left us open to our Lord's [decision] not to protect. When a nation deserts God and expels God from the culture . . . the result is not good."
Robertson was not available for comment, a spokeswoman said. But she released a statement echoing the remarks he made on his show. An ACLU spokeswoman said the group "will not dignify the Falwell-Robertson remarks with a comment."
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