Friday, May 06, 2005

Fundie Lunacy Continues

Living up to the Gospel - not! - a Baptist Church in North Carolina has excommunicated all of its members who are, not Satanists or Atheists or blasphemers of one sort or another, but who are Democrats. And so the religious war begins?

My Mom just emailed me the news. There's no link yet.

She said WLOS tv just broke in to report that the East Waynesville Baptist church has officially excommunicated all its democratic members.

She said that before the election, the preacher told the congregation from the pulpit that if they didn't vote for * they had to come to the altar to confess their sins and repent. they couldn't be members. (My Mom doesn't attend that church--she's United Methodist, but I know of lots who do attend).

From Mom's email: "One of the local women who got excommunicated said on TV that it was like a cult. Another man who got excommunicated said that the rest of the congregation stood up and applauded as the Democrats were told to leave."

Okay, I'm officially freaked out.

Does it ever occur to anyone else that if Jesus did return to earth, these same idiots would kick him out of church? "What the hell you talkin' 'bout the poor, boy? Turn the other cheek? What?" and "Dueling Banjos" from Deliverance playing in the background (via)....

UPDATE: The religious war continues. Edward at Obsidian Wings:

Just yesterday I noted that despite the rising power of the Christian Right in the US, we're not seeing anything that warrants the comparisons between these folks and the Taliban. I'll stick with that, but I definitely need to qualify it. What we're seeing in some quarters is actually much more insidious in some ways. Consider this bit of dog whistle rhetoric gaining ground (from a speech Vice-President Cheney gave at a "Town Hall Meeting" on "Strengthening" Social Security at Campbell High School in Smyrna, Georgia):

If we don't do anything at all, if we just stay where a lot of people have said we ought to stay -- there are a number of members of Congress of the other faith who have said that we don't need to do anything -- well, if you don't do anything, the net result will be, for somebody today, say, in their 30s, by the time they get to retirement age, their benefit levels are going to be cut some 26 percent or 27 percent.

The "other" faith? What does this mean? "Other" than what?

It wasn't a misstatement of any sort either. Some of the "town folk" who asked "questions" (and if anyone really talks this way, I'll eat my hat), used it as well:

Q Mr. Vice President, thank you for coming to Georgia, and thank you and the President for your leadership in the war on terror. Millions of Americans appreciate that.

My question is, I watched the press conference the other night with the President, and it seems like when the two of you come up with serious ideas that those from the other faith, in the other party, all they do is demonize and, in many cases, just lie and try to divide the older generation, our grandparents from us, those in our 30s.



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