The Politics of Fear and Loathing

From Freep:

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson is urging prayer before Election Day to stave off an imminent Mideast war he said could bring nuclear attacks on the United States.

In a letter on his Web site, http://www.patrobertson.com, Robertson said his opinion was that Israel would bomb Iranian nuclear sites between Nov. 4 and the inauguration of the United States’ new president.

Robertson tied his warning to biblical prophecy.


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His letter, which starts out describing his concerns about Russian aggression in Georgia, predicted that Russia would also enter the war, though the United States wouldn’t.

“However, we may not be spared nuclear strikes against coastal cities” in America, he wrote.

A version of the letter was sent in September to members of Regent University, where Robertson is founder and president. He is also founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and host of its daily show, “The 700 Club.”

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Rob Boston, a spokesman at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said Robertson had a history of “rather outrageous statements” forecasting natural catastrophes and disastrous conflicts that didn’t occur.

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“I guess he believes he has a direct pipeline to God,” Boston added . “Given the number of false predictions he’s given, I might question who’s at the other end of that pipeline.”

Hmmmm, what could possibly tear Pat away from bench-pressing a ton with his legs?

From The Nation:

Pat O’Hara, a journalist who served on the Wasilla school board for twelve years, remembers how the religious right made her feel like a stranger in her own community. The Mat-Su Valley, which includes the neighboring towns of Wasilla and Palmer, had once been a libertarian sort of place, full of blue-collar individualists who didn’t fit in elsewhere. “I had the dog team in the woods, the cabin in the woods. My friends were teachers, farmers, construction workers,” she said as she stood with about 1,500 demonstrators at a September 13 anti-Sarah Palin rally in Anchorage. “It was kind of a working, very much Democratic community. And then it changed.”

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It wasn’t until the 1990s that local churches like the Wasilla Assembly of God, which Palin grew up attending, became aggressively political. A few years before Palin became mayor, a group of preachers confronted the school board with questions about social issues that had never before surfaced in local politics, according to O’Hara, who wrote first for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman and then for the Anchorage Daily News. “They started asking me, ‘Would you allow a homosexual to teach in schools?’ and ‘Do you favor abortion?’” she said. “At the time, I didn’t know what was coming. I said, ‘This is not a school board issue. We have overcrowding. We have funding problems.’” The last time O’Hara ran, conservative pastors mounted an effort to defeat her, saying she favored hiring homosexuals, but they failed. Nevertheless, in 1996, feeling increasingly alienated in a place she’d lived for twenty-five years, she quit the school board and moved to more liberal Anchorage.

“The whole community changed,” she said. “It became extremely rigid and intolerant, and you can see that in every election since.” Palin, said O’Hara, “represents the worst of those values. She feels that because she’s a member of the right church, she’s chosen by God to inflict her values on everyone.”

With her vice presidential nomination, Sarah Palin has become the ultimate religious-right success story. Ever since the Christian Coalition was formed using the infrastructure of Pat Robertson’s 1988 presidential run, the movement has focused on building power from the ground up, turning conservative churches into little political machines.

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Palin’s nomination, and the energy she has injected into the GOP, show that, once again, reports of the death of the Christian right have been greatly exaggerated.

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Palin–who opposes gay rights, believes abortion should be banned even in cases of rape and incest, and supports the teaching of creationism–wasn’t known as a leader in Alaska’s religious right, but she clearly had ties to it, and to some of the more extreme fundamentalists in the United States. As has been widely reported, her husband, Todd, was a member of the separatist Alaskan Independence Party. She reportedly attended the party’s 1994 convention, and as governor she gave a video address to the group’s gathering this year in Fairbanks. Less well-known are the Alaskan Independence Party’s ties to the theocratic Constitution Party–a vice chair of the former is the state representative for the latter. According to its platform, the Constitution Party aims “to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations” and advocates criminalizing gay sex and abolishing Social Security.

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[Curt Menard, mayor of Mat-Su Borough (which includes Wasilla)] recalled that the area had been solidly Democratic until the rise of politicized right-wing religion. “Pat Robertson, when he organized the Christian right…that’s when this area really changed,” said Menard. “To my knowledge, I would say [Palin] was supportive of the movement” [...]

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When Palin ran for governor in 2006, Christian conservatives mobilized to help elect her–the Alaska Family Council, a group that formed that year and is loosely affiliated with Focus on the Family, distributed a voter guide showing Palin’s alignment with its ideology. [...] Her record nevertheless offers some evidence that in Washington she would likely continue George W. Bush’s injection of religious dogmatism into government appointments and policy-making. Opposition to abortion is, for her, a litmus test.

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Like McCain, Palin appears to believe that the United States is a Christian nation. As governor, she signed a resolution declaring October 21-27 Christian Heritage Week in Alaska, in order to remind Alaskans of “the role Christianity has played in our rich heritage.” Written in the mode of some right-wing revisionist historians, it describes the nation’s founders–including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson–as “Christians of caliber and integrity who did not hesitate to express their faith.”

The conviction that America is a Christian nation could be especially worrisome when coupled with the kind of apocalyptic beliefs espoused by the Wasilla Assembly of God, since the combination suggests a profoundly messianic foreign policy. In a widely seen video taken just months before she received the vice presidential nomination, Palin stood onstage in her old church with pastor Ed Kalnins as he explained how, in the last days, Alaska would be a refuge for Christians fleeing the Lower 48. [...] Palin’s current religious home, Wasilla Bible Church, is rather more moderate and low-key, but it, too, subscribes to a theology that includes a literal belief in a biblical End Times scenario. In August, it hosted David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, who told the congregation, “But what we see in Israel, the conflict that is spilled out throughout the Middle East, really which is all about Jerusalem, is an ongoing reflection of the fact that there is judgment…there’s a reality to the judgment of unbelief.”

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33 responses to “The Politics of Fear and Loathing

  1. pat robertson is one of the most destructive people to ever walk this planet……

    you actually make him look more evil than cheney!

    nonnie – you are z best

  2. dcAp,
    the difference between deadeye dick and legpress pat is that deadeye likes to do his evil behind the scenes. legpress pat can’t stand not getting any attention. i don’t know if he is truly delusional or if he just makes $hit up, knowing he will get some of the attention he craves. may they both burn in hell.

  3. jeb

    As a teen, my stepmom dragged us to her Southern Baptist church for awhile. It was all rapture this and end-times that and glee over the suffering that the non-believers will endure while those raptured will be lolling around in heaven enjoying the party. Personally, if the rapture comes, I think we’ll be better off because at least we’ll be rid of these insufferable assholes.

  4. jeb,
    when they are all whisked away in the rapture, i can’t wait to look through all their stuff. you know there are going to be piles of porn and all types of deviant crap in their closets! :lol:

  5. Got a Grip

    Just so you know, nons, I’m prepared for a nice, solid round of Biblical Madlibs when the inevitable nutbags show up to tell you how mean you are to good ol’ Pat. “No man knoweth the day or the hour” and all that…. ;-)

  6. i know, gotta. while i was putting it together, i was wondering how long it will take for them to show up. you know how i love it when they come to visit.

  7. jeb

    Nonnie, I’m sure you’ve seen that dumbass bumpersticker that says “Warning: In the event of rapture, this car will be empty.”

    I saw one that I loved that said, “When the rapture comes, can I have your car?”

  8. jlms qkw - jenn

    pat thinks ghod is paying attention to our calendar now? hmmm.

    and abortion is a more important issue than Sudan? ms palin fibbed about divestment from the alaska perm fund. shame on her.

  9. jeb,
    do you think that the fundies thought up the rapture just so they could make money selling bumperstickers?

  10. jenn,
    isn’t it amazing how the big guy upstairs always seems to contact pat right before an election?
    i don’t know what’s more shocking. that princess sarah lied or that alaska has a fund that pays for her permanents! i thought her hair had a natural wave. :o

  11. Got a Grip

    No, no, nonnette! The Rapture is right there in the good old King James version, and shows up more cryptically in the Greek texts of antiquity. It’s just that the fundies have decided that they can divine the time and then place bets on it, kinda like what Wall Street does with everyone’s pension plans, etc. As with all dictates-fundie, they totally skip over the parts that tell them it’s a really bad idea to do it, that it’s a waste of time better spent on doing stuff like, you know, feeding and clothing the poor.

    Doncha know. Also.

  12. jeb

    Yeah Gotta, but envisioning the eternal suffering of sinners is much more fun than helping your fellow man and having genuine compassion. After all, WWJD?

  13. gotta,
    while i never read the good book, i know the rapture is in there. however, i was wondering why they decided to dust that off instead of other stuff that they might concentrate on. you and jeb have cleared that up for me. helping the poor–bleh!! what’ll that get’cha? cooties, most likely.

  14. Nonnie, you should read dogemperor’s diaries on Daily Kos. She used to attend an Assemblies of God church in Kentucky. When she got old enough, she ran away as fast as she could!

  15. Got a Grip

    Sorry, nons. Watching Palin has made me stupid, I think.

    The reason they can’t focus on that other piddly stuff like helping the poor or being good stewards of the earth is because it’s always about them, them, them. They’re persecuted, you see, because we won’t let them take over the world and turn it into a big FundieLand amusement park. Unless you do exactly as they say then you’re just being a big meanie and therefore must burn in hell for it while they get whisked away to the Pearly Gates for a big old fashioned hoedown. Now doesn’t that make sense? You betcha. And also.

  16. Got a Grip

    Neon Vincent, I was raised a Pentecostal. They make Assemblies of God look like pikers by comparison. We used to call them Pentecostal Lite. I made my escape at 15.

    dogemperor and I have much in common. She’s well worth reading.

  17. i’ve read a couple of dogemporer’s diaries. what really shook me to my core was jesus camp. how they can instill such fear, guilt, and paranoia in their own children and still claim to love them is stunning.

  18. I really don’t care if someone wants to believe in the end of days and all that doomsday $hit; I just don’t want them in office trying to hasten the process.
    I’m not religious enough to quote chapter and verse about there being a thin line between Satan and The Saved, but I know evil when I see it and I think Robertson and his ilk are it.
    When someone claims to be a devotee of Jesus, it helps if they speak more about love than hate.

    Meanwhile, Nonnie, I posted a little tribute to you on my blog this morning.
    You are zee best, as D-Cap would say.

  19. There is a lot of hard evidence indicating the character “Jesus” never actually existed. The first 4 books of the “new testament” were written by a single author – a Greek. And they were written more than 300 years after the dife of the so called Jesus. Romans controlled the biblical areas at the time and they recorded all events. “Historians” back then actually wrote what happened. There is no mention of Jesus or Barabus in Roman texts. Pat is a nice man trying to lead sheep to the pasture. But is is sickening seeing the Jesus this and Jesus that when is is all a carefully packaged lie. There have NEVER been any supernatural events recorded becasue there have never been any supernatural events. I hope there is a God but there is simply no proof.

  20. Got a Grip

    Karen, the beauty for nonnie of having me around (if you can call anything about having me around beautiful) is that I was raised around the nutbags, I can quote the bible chapter and verse, and for every dig they throw out I have a reply for it. I don’t know if you’ve been around these parts long enough to know, but whenever nonnie puts up anything that has to do with religion, she gets swarmed by a bunch of bible quoting, hate spewing, rightwing thugs. So I’m sort of the biblical bouncer.

    If you ever manage to persuade nonnie to move in with you, I’ll spring for the newest version of Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and Fireworks for her. Hell, I’ll do that whether she moves in with you or not. I have doubts about whether America’s got talent, but I’m damn sure nonnie does…. ;-)

  21. karen, :oops: you are too kind to me!
    i don’t really care what people what to believe or believe in. i just want them to stay out of my face. i get very tired of being bombarded with religious crap. i think religion should be a personal thing, practiced in private. i don’t want it in politics or on tv. i hate that people are being robbed by televangelists who are living high on the hog while those donating to them have nothing. however, if people want to waste their money thinking they are buying themselves a little corner in heaven, that’s up to them. i just don’t think it should tax deductible.

  22. Friend of the court

    These folks disproove the existance of God, by their continuing to walk around, unstruck by lightening.

  23. hello, johnny t,
    welcome to the raisin! :D
    i am not a biblical scholar by any stretch of the imagination. i don’t know what lies beyond this world, and i think it’s rather silly to sit around and worry about it. we are here, so we might as well make the best of it. treat people like you would like to be treated, and whatever happens when you are worm food happens.
    i have to disagree with you on one point. i don’t think pat is a nice man at all. he is a hatemonger. he doesn’t practice what he preaches. he makes a fortune from diamond mines (funded by his donors to his religious causes), while those working in the mines got paid almost nothing. he was good buddies with mobutu, a brutal dictator in zaire. he is using tax-exempt dollars donated for humanitarian aid to fund his profit-making businesses. in my dictionary, that’s not the definition of a good man.

  24. gotta,
    the beauty of me having you around is that i luvs ya! the rest is just icing. :wink:

  25. fotc!
    where ya been? wouldn’t it be the coolest thing ever if pat or one of the other televangecrooks were struck by lightning on tv? that would make a believer out of me!! :lol:

  26. Friend of the court

    Hey nonnie. I never seem to be able to get around here, when the talkin’ is goin’ on. I need a time conversion chart, or somethin’. Do ya think we could hav a “talk like Palin day”? By golly hocky.

  27. Got a Grip

    Fotc, Ah thenk havin’ a tawk lahk Palin day ha’ been happenin’ awl week. Why not make it official. You betcha. By gosh. And also. ;-)

  28. Got a Grip

    nonnie, I luv’s you, too. MMWWWwwwaaaahhhh!

  29. fotc,
    i think we should, in our individual states, bring referendums that would replace talk like a pirate day with a talk like princess sarah day. i plan on watching reruns of heehaw, the dukes of hazzard, flo, and the beverly hillbillies so i’ll be ready. i think i will get some hairpieces as well so i can have a beehive like princess’s.

  30. geez53

    W’ats a matter with you heathren, Brother Pat is al’ays right on the money, fer sure. We’s all gone by 2112 anyways. It’s been scientifically proved by Bible code ESPERTS, Nostradamus, the Mayan calender and two guys named Darrell down at the corner bar. Y’all keep funnin’ wit Brother Pat a’ Pastor Hagee an’ youin’s’ll be sorry, fer sure. We’ll see who’s a snickerin’ whens you’re lef’ behind after the Raptur. I know, i’s red books on it. ;}

  31. dayum!! not the 2 darrells!! :shock: them thar boys ain’t never wrong!

  32. Pat Robertson is one of the scariest (and most powerful) assholes on the planet. The combo of Robertson and Palin is postively terrifying.

    Wow I enjoy reading how much everyone else truly adores you up here, nonnie! Of course, so do I! I am telling everyone about your Achilles Heels (Payless) comment! SO inspired; so hilarious.

  33. :oops: now, there ya go embarrassing me, helen! i love our little family here, and i am very happy that you became a part of it.
    pat robertson is very scary. the scariest part is that he is not very smart, yet he has been able to amass a fortune and become a power broker. he did it all by taking advantage of people who are less smart than he is, playing on their fears of what will happen to them after they die. they should concentrate on what they do while they are still here.

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