Extremism in Defense of Religion…

…is something that Barry Goldwater had less use for than communism.

The following quote has been popping up a bit lately.  Its worthwhile, so I thought I’d repeat it here:

Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them…

There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of ‘conservatism.

Todays christianists who masturbate whenever the names Reagan and Goldwater are spoken would, if Messrs. Reagan and Goldwater were to suddenly re-animate, have about as much use for Messrs. Reagan and Goldwater as Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor did for the second coming of Jesus.

2 Responses to Extremism in Defense of Religion…

  1. […] I think that if Barry Goldwater was to suddenly re-animate, the second thing he’d do – after kicking Pat […]

  2. INDEED.

    Barry Goldwater was an admirable person; he did his best to speak the truth as he saw it… and was willing to listen to other people.

    The Dominionists are crazed fanatics who have succumbed to religious mania, gabbling in tongues and making sense to NO ONE… yet pretending among themselves that they agree on their “values”, while agreeing primarily on one thing: the urgent need to crush heresy…

    And what is heresy? The essence of sin is for them…

    DISAGREEMENT

    PS: Naturally, they’re also sex-obsessed, no doubt on account of sinning all day long, if only with their lyin’ eyes… hearken to the words of Jesus! – “If thine eye offend thee… PLUCK IT OUT.”

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