No attempt is made by Christian fundamentalists, who are hopelessly mired in the medieval thought-world, to actually understand Islam. Their purpose instead is to demonize it. The old crusader mentality is alive and well on the Right and marching in lockstep with that ancient persecution complex should anyone raise an eyebrow at their absurd claims.
There has been a great deal of fuss over a federal judge’s ruling that the National Day of Prayer is a violation of the ban on government-backed religion. We’ve had 59 of them since Truman instituted the practice in 1952, and you’d think, from all the outrage from the Right, that we had more on the order of 234 (dating from 1776).
There are many potential or would-be leaders for the Tea Party craze – from libertarians to conservatives to Christian dominionists like Sarah Palin. It does not seem to be only conservatives lining up for tinfoil hats but libertarians with a fear of big government who have perhaps let their imaginations run away with them. The “New World Order” phenomenon is by no means limited to conservatives and Christian apocalyptic millenialists awaiting the return of Jesus but is embraced by some libertarians as well.
Tea Partiers present themselves as average, everyday Americans who have been pushed too far. From their perspective, they are us. They are America. But they are no America I know or am familiar with. Their America seems to be a phobic, paranoid little place rife with conspiracies intent on overthrowing “real” America. They claim to represent the ideas of the Founding Fathers, but the Founding Fathers did not wear tin foil hats.
It is no surprise that the angry white conservative movement a.k.a. the tea partiers has come to life since the election of Barack Obama, because they were fine with George W. Bush’s many violations, illegal wars, suspension of habeas corpus, etc. What lay at the heart of conservative opposition is their loss of control – and a black man in the White House.
Glenn Beck took advantage of his keynote address at CPAC on February 20th to embrace a fantasy America that, while it might appeal to the Republican base, does not exist. More, it can be proven not to exist. The problem for Glenn is that numbers don’t lie. So what do you do when you don’t like the numbers? You make up new ones.
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) worries that repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which has been in place since the Clinton presidency will result in gay rights groups wanting special rights, but Granting everybody the same rights – to serve in the military, to get married, to have the same rights before the law, are not special rights. They are the very basic rights guaranteed by law to every individual in the United States.