Life is too short to live it as a Republican

18 Aug

That is the motto of Dallas, Texas resident Len’s blog


This really should have been on my blog roll long ago. I have been following it on BlogExplosion for some time, and it is always clever and so humane. The pic shows the current (17 August) post: Friday night cartoons: Karl Rove edition. The post before it, Praying for deaths, suggests “If there was ever any doubt that the right wing evangelicals in the United States are just plain nuts, it is gone now…” Fortunately I have never encountered anything quite so sub-Christian as this here in Oz church circles. To cite the news story Len refers us to:

Wiley S. Drake, a Buena Park pastor and a former national leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, called on his followers to pray for the deaths of two leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The request was in response to the liberal group’s urging the IRS on Tuesday to investigate Drake’s church’s nonprofit status because Drake endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president on church letterhead and during a church-affiliated Internet radio show…

Isn’t that just charming? Keep that in America, please, even though I gather Texan Len doesn’t want to own it. Where do these dudes come from? How do they ever get to be in charge of a church? Why does anyone even listen to them? What kind of God do they serve?


More on the story Texan Len refers to may be found in Huckabee Supporter: Smiting His Enemies Through Prayer.

Kind of relevant, Four Corners next Monday presents the HBO documentary FRIENDS OF GOD: A ROAD TRIP WITH ALEXANDRA PELOSI. Here is a sample.

One of Australia’s less notable exports, Ken Ham, features in that, implicitly denying (among other things) the history of Aboriginal Australia as he propounds his strange and quite unbiblical version of Genesis, stripped of all its context and treated as something it is not, a science or even a history book, and infects the minds of children with the preposterous view that dinosaurs wandered about in company with Adam and Eve. With the wombats, thylacines, kangaroos and numbats, no doubt… No Christian has to believe such tosh, fortunately. Ham does both God and the Bible a great disservice, not to mention the disservice done to any Americans silly enough to go along with him. Naturally the documentary has been reviled as “liberal” and “secularist”, and has even been given the O’Reilly treatment.

It is fair to say, however, that many American Christians feel suitably embarrassed by drongos like some of those displayed in Friends of God. One can’t help feeling sorry for God, however, having friends like that… As you watch, try to remember people like Martin Luther King rather than people like Ken Ham.


There would seem to be points of comparison between Pelosi’s — yes she is the daughter of Nancy — documentary and a couple of other things we have seen here this year: home-grown Andrew Denton’s God On My Side (excellent) and British offerings The Fundamentalists (though that took a multifaith approach) and The Story of God Part 3 with Robert Winston.


Well we have seen Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary now. Good as docos go. But what we saw (from this Australian viewpoint) was so much an alien world — it is almost impossible to begin to explain how alien!

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2 responses to “Life is too short to live it as a Republican

  1. kanani

    August 19, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    There’s a great sentence in the book “The West” by Geoffrey Ward. It’s about the American West, its discovery and the conquering of the native peoples. I think in some ways it relates to the mixture of politics and religion in the past thirty years. (Though it was in the late 1980’s and 90’s when groups like the Christian Coalition strategically trained its soldiers to interact with every part of government –local, state and federal when the Repub party truly became hybridized.)

    The sentence is in regard to how the Moors were first driven away from Spain — a holy war was waged against them by the Kings of Castile by offering soldiers licenses, which in turn would make them rich. Spain would later to do this again when it came to their wish to expand their empire across the Atlantic to what is now known as the USA.

    “Conquest promised material rewards as well as spiritual ones. As Christianity’s fortunes improved, so would the fortunes of its soldiers.”

    The allure of the Republican party today is clear to many people. Believe in our God in a fundamentalist evangelical way, and you too will have riches.

  2. ninglun

    August 19, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Even if, as Thomas Frank points out, the opposite is likely as not to happen!

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