Earlier this month, a church in Charlotte, N.C., raised eyebrows when its leaders announced that it would hold a “Day of Endorsement” for Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.
Henry Ford, the famed industrialist and notorious anti-Semite, once pontificated that Jews were ruining Christmas.
“The whole record of the Jewish opposition to Christmas...shows the venom and directness of [their] attack,” Ford carped in an early 1920s work he titled The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem.
The automaker went on to detail various localized Jewish “attacks” against the popular holiday.
The annual Values Voter Summit (VVS), the nation’s largest gathering of the Religious Right, begins today. The event, sponsored by the Family Research Council (FRC), the American Family Association (AFA) and other far-right groups, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. In light of that, I thought it might be interesting to look back at some of the highlights (or lowlights, if you will) of this event.
Here we go:
The Religious Right’s annual “Values Voter Summit” (VVS) took place over the weekend in Washington, D.C. As usual, it was a mix of homophobia, Islamophobia, religious revivalism and bashing of President Barack Obama disguised as a policy conference.
Leaders of Religious Right groups are fond of telling us that if we elect more fundamentalist Christians to office, we’ll have less corruption. Biblical literalists must be more ethical, right?
Quite a brouhaha erupted this week over homophobic comments made by Phil Robertson, head of the family that stars on A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty.” Now several politicians looking to court Religious Right voters are diving into the fray – in support of Robertson’s “religious liberty.”
In the 1999 M. Night Shyamalan movie “The Sixth Sense,” a little boy complained, “I see dead people” – and he did.
Now it seems Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate, sees a battlefield littered with corpses – all of them Christian. They are causalities in a war against faith in America. But unlike that little boy, what Palin sees is entirely in her imagination.
As I glance out my office window today at the snowflakes drifting down from the leaden gray skies of Washington, D.C., I have to keep reminding myself that spring will be here soon – on Wednesday, actually.
But, of course, that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about Christmas – especially if you’re Sarah Palin.
Like a lot of you, I got way too many political calls in the lead-up to the election. In fact, I stopped answering the phone.