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Why Republicans need a war on religion

Posted by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM
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By TINA DUPUY
CAGLE CARTOONS NEWS SYNDICATE

Republicans didn't set out to have a war on women; they wanted a war on religion. Their intention was to march two Republican-created boogiemen into a battle that would make the War on Christmas cringe: ObamaCare and Obama Is A Muslim. The Affordable Care Act stipulates birth control be included in insurance coverage instead of forcing women to pay out of pocket for such medications. This was the shot across the bow for the GOP to start their war. Republican sage, Congressman Darrell Issa, called a bunch of men of faith (yes, all men) to testify to Congress how the provision in the health care law regarding birth control would adversely affect them.

Then the right-wing echosphere spent the next week bouncing the sound bite: "This isn't about contraception, this is about religious freedom."

America's right-wing: Afraid of Muslims, suspicious of Mormons, terrified of atheists and martyrs of religious freedom.

Republicans botched their war on religion with the word "slut." Oh and by proposing laws against women getting equal pay, and a right to privacy or recourse if a doctor lies to them. The Chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, said the war on women is imaginary at the same moment Republican legislators around the country were introducing bills eroding women's rights. So the war over what kind of war this was — religion or women — was lost by Republicans. Their best efforts to get a fruitful campaign about religious liberty backfired into a debate about gender equality.

To quote Rick Perry, "Oops."

This party used to be better at getting traction with these wedge causes-they-call-wars. This has been their modus operandi to pummel artists, single mothers, monogamous gay couples, pot smokers, public employees and other subversives for decades: They create a fake crisis, say it will kill us all and then repeat it until our ears bleed.

How have they fumbled manufacturing a war on religion?! This is a John Carter level of a stink bomb: It's totally formulaic — how can it fail?

Perhaps it's just hard to convince Americans we are a Christian nation founded in religion with a tradition of religion in every facet of our lives from our money to our pledge of allegiance AND that faith is somehow being threatened. It's like saying you're the size of Goliath but everyone should view you as David.

Republicans really need a war on religion. Badly. A common foe would not only glaze over the fact their nominee Mitt Romney is from a new sect distrusted by other sects — it would unite (they hope) all people of faith into their special brand of ultra-conservative gospel. A gospel that mega-church pastor, tax-free status enjoyer Rick Warren summed up nicely on the holiest of Easter Sundays on ABC's This Week: "I don't believe in wealth redistribution." Yes, when Jesus wasn't hunting quail with his Glock sub-compact semi-auto — he was all over trickle down economics and scapegoating the poor for political gain.

A war on religion would give Republicans back their big tent. It would be a giant diverse group of people who would put faith in the Grand Old Party looking out for their eternal souls instead of just soulless corporations. All the hacking away at women's rights, the social safety net and consumer protections would be given a pass under "religious freedom."

Try it: "This isn't about toxic drinking water/corporate welfare/millionaire tax breaks — it's about religious freedom!" It works for nearly everything.

This will all go perfectly if they find an enemy. One good enough, or bad enough as the case may be, to compel all Americans of faith to give up their petty differences and come together as Republicans. Since the GOP needs this war on religion to push through their ironically social Darwinist agenda — they're not going to give up trying to create one.

What does a preemptive victim searching for a persecutor look like? It looks a lot like the Republicans' "war on religion."

http://www.nj.com/hudson/voices/index.ssf/2012/04/why_republicans_need_a_war_on.html

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tm88rn
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM
There is no war on religion. Just because most people don't want to live by one religion, Christianity, and don't want laws that effect everyone based on that, doesn't mean there is a war on religion. I didn't hear anyone propose a bill that would allow Jehovah's witnesses to not cover or offer organ transplants or blood transfusions. The only war is the conserve Christian right on women. Birth control, abortion, equal pay, being fully informed, these are all things the right is working to take away. Women are supposed to carry dead fetuses to term. Women must look at an ultrasound and hear a detailed, government approved recitation of fetal development. Single motherhood is child abuse. Women who get pregnant from rape should be punished again by being forced to carry that pregnancy to term. These are all laws, proposed bills, or statements made by members of the conservative Christian right. The left is fighting back. So, who is the war against? It certainly isn't against religion.
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matreshka
by Gold Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 7:18 AM

With all this though, many in the GOP use their Christian faith on the basis of why they want these things to happen to women.

Quoting tm88rn:

There is no war on religion. Just because most people don't want to live by one religion, Christianity, and don't want laws that effect everyone based on that, doesn't mean there is a war on religion. I didn't hear anyone propose a bill that would allow Jehovah's witnesses to not cover or offer organ transplants or blood transfusions. The only war is the conserve Christian right on women. Birth control, abortion, equal pay, being fully informed, these are all things the right is working to take away. Women are supposed to carry dead fetuses to term. Women must look at an ultrasound and hear a detailed, government approved recitation of fetal development. Single motherhood is child abuse. Women who get pregnant from rape should be punished again by being forced to carry that pregnancy to term. These are all laws, proposed bills, or statements made by members of the conservative Christian right. The left is fighting back. So, who is the war against? It certainly isn't against religion.


Clairwil
by Gold Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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The war is Patriarchy versus Liberty.

Christianity is Patriarchal and (as mainly practiced in America) small 'c' conservative - it supports the status quo (or reversion to a previous status quo) more often than it opposes it.

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