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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Isn't this special

Move over soccer moms, here come the church ladies.

The Republican presidential nomination campaign continues to lurch sharply rightward, with Rick Santorum campaigning against Satan and Franklin Graham practicing a hate-based theology that questions the faith of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Instead of taking the easy-to-reach high ground in this "debate," Romney jumps in with both feet, questioning Obama's Christian bona fides.

Was it coincidental this all took place on Mardi Gras?

The race for ayatollah continues its furious pace, led by the amazingly hateful words of Graham, who may somehow believe he is carrying on in his father's role of preacher-in-chief, which ought to be noted was an unelected post.

In one TV appearance Graham hit a daily double, declaring "Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama" and that "most Christians would not recognize Mormonism as part of the Christian faith."

Santorum, who has compared Obama to Hitler, sidestepped a question whether Satan was "attacking America" as "not relevant," before launching into a defense of his beliefs:
"I’m a person of faith. I believe in good and evil. I think if somehow or another because you’re a person of faith you believe in good and evil is a disqualifier for president, we’re going to have a very small pool of candidates who can run for president."
Not to be outdone, an increasingly desperate Romney took the bait when asked at a town hall forum how he would defend religious freedom:
“Unfortunately, possibly because of the people the president hangs around with, and their agenda, their secular agenda - they have fought against religion."
As usual, the would-be moralists offered nothing to back up their hateful spew.

The red meat of religion offers a comforting alternative to Republicans watching the economy improve and Obama's approval rating rise. Given this reality, they choose to pander to ancient prejudices and drive even deeper wedges into an already divided nation.

There's no doubt a special place in H-E-double hockey sticks awaiting them.

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