Onward Christian Liberals!Colbert King of The Washington Post has taken the gauntlets off:
To suggest Democrats are out to get "people of faith" is despicable demagoguery that the truly faithful ought to rise up and reject. But will that occur in American pulpits tomorrow? The Christian right counts on the religiously timid to keep their mouths shut. So why not exploit religion for their own ends? They will if we let them. And that's just it. Americans of faith -- and those lacking one -- ought to vigorously resist attempts by power-hungry zealots to impose their religious views on the nation. That means standing up to them at every turn.
Oh, it's gets better:
It means challenging them when they say of Americans who support a woman's right to choose; the right of two adults to enter into a loving, committed, state-sanctioned, monogamous relationship; the right to pursue science in support of life; the right of the aggrieved to launch aggressive assaults against racism, sexism and homophobia, that they are not legitimate members of the flock. Where do those on the religious right get off thinking they have the right to decide who is in and who is out? Who appointed them sole promoters and defenders of the faith? What makes them think they are more holy and righteous than the rest of us?Did you catch that, Mr. and Mrs. Liberal Christian? Attention there, Mr. and Mrs. Non-Christian, Middle-Class American with your EverQuest life -- have you got your fucking ears on today? What's the frequency, Kenneth? Pardon me for being insulting and forcefull but I would think that -- after what the Religious Right has been doing to us all for the past few decades -- you'd see that my insults towards you are chickenfeed compared to what they've been using to beat us over the head with and we've only ourselves to blame because we've been silent. We've been turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to them running roughshod over us all for far too damned long.
They are not now and never will be the final arbiters of Christian beliefs and values. They warrant as much deference as religious leaders as do members of the Ku Klux Klan, who also marched under the cross.
The Bergen Record in Hackensack, N.J., editorialized that the attempt by the Christian right to dominate all three branches of government "has to frighten anyone who is not a Christian conservative. It should frighten us all." Baloney. It should make us mad. Fighting mad.
With that said, I'm afraid that there's only one more question to ask...
ARE YOU FIGHTING MAD YET?!?!?
I am. In fact, I'm so fighting mad that I'm not going to sit here on my ass waiting for people to empower me into action. If it's true that every cause must have their martyrs, then it's also true that every grassroots movement didn't start by some politician getting a conscience one day and deciding to empower the effected people. Seriously, name a politician that empowered women's rights way back in 1848? Name a politican who came along and empowered Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King to do what they did? The answer is none -- when our rights and freedoms are being trampled upon by any sanctimonious group, empowerment has always been the burden of the people and politicans have always been dead last to board the train. When nobody else will empower you, you've got to empower yourself.
What I'm trying to say is don't wait for Pelosi, don't wait for Frank, don't wait for Reid, don't wait for Dean, don't wait for DailyKOS, don't wait for John Avarosis, and -- for the love of God -- definately don't wait for the spectre of Barry Goldwater to remind the conservates and Republicans of everything they've forsaken. As much as I like these people, the truth of the matter is if we decide to wait for them (or anyone) to come along an empower us, you'll be waiting forever and none of us have forever. Once again, the burden is ours. So, rise up off your dead ass, roll up your sleeves, and collect your spine.
Time to go to work ...