Tuesday, September 26, 2006

James Dobson's Values Voters Summit: Top Five Bizarro World Moments

This weekend's values voter summit, serving as a front for Republican electoral activism but claiming to promote nonprofit advocacy, had a lot of strange moments -- and FaithfulDemocrats.com was there blogging about it to give you the scoop. Here are the top five bizarro world moments from the conference this weekend.

5) The absence of a single Democratic speaker at a supposedly nonpartisan conference about values. Even if one were to grant that the only values that matter in this world involve abortion, gays, and school prayer -- which we don't -- surely, there were plenty of Democrats to invite. What about the pro-life Bob Casey, who is running for Senate against Rick Santorum in PA? What about the anti-gay marriage Harold Ford Jr., another Senate candidate, from TN? Our own co-chair Sen. Roy Herron could have talked about all three. None of them got the call.

4) Rep. Mike Pence of IN acknowledging the biblical call to treat illegal immigrants with respect -- ignoring the instruction to treat them as our own, but at least giving it a college try -- then going on to say we should kick them all out in order to "preserve our culture." That's one way to apply Scripture. He even invoked the inscription under the Statue of Libery -- "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..." -- to prove his point. Whaaaa?

3) Jerry Falwell suggesting that his supporters hate Hillary Clinton more than they hate the devil. "I certainly hope that Hillary is the [presidential] candidate... Because nothing will energize my [constituency] like Hillary Clinton. If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't." Now let's have some reasoned discourse.

2) The Rocky theme playing when James Dobson (Focus on the Family), Tony Perkins (Family Research Council), and Alan Sears (Alliance Defense Fund) went up to the stage for a panel. As our blogger Asthenia put it: "Three guys with massive war-chests and a media reach of more than 220 million listeners daily walking out to the ultimate underdog music. It doesn't get more ridiculous than that."

1) The existence of Gary Bauer. His litany of strange comments include statements that liberals "hate women" just as Islamo-fascists do, that feminism is a sick form of radicalism, that America will lose the war against terrorists because of our country's approach to same-sex marriage and abortion (isn't our country against gay marraige?), that all American Muslims should be polled (involuntarily, it seems) to see if they sympathize with Islamo-fascists (Joe McCarthy would be proud), and that many European cities are on their way to falling to the "armies of radical Islam." 'Nuff said.

- Asthenia, FaithfulDemocrats.com

LSB: It's good to find a more liberal, faith-based website!

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