For those freaking out at the Kathleen Parker column, a couple quick thoughts:
1.) Justice (“Just Us”) Sunday
2.) Schiavo legislation
3.) Jesus is my philosopher.
4.) Michael J. Fox must be mocked for wanting stem cell research.
5.) The never-ending fake war on Christmas (Christmas keeps kicking ass, btw, and shows no sign of ending. Funny, that).
6.) Federal Marriage Amendment and the never ending gay-bashing as wedge issue.
7.) Evangelical support for torture.
8.) The ceaseless idiocy about displays of the Ten Commandments.
9.) Pharmacists for Life deciding that they get to choose whether or not you need your prescribed medicine.
10.) School prayer arguments.
11.) Demanding that intelligent design (aka creationism) be taught.
12.) Meddling in the FDA.
13.) Abstinence only as the only sex-ed.
14.) The take-over at the Justice Department from the God Squad.
I did that in a few minutes, and without needing to think too terribly hard about it. Feel free to add your own.
There is a not unsubstantial portion of the electorate who, while completely happy in a world where everyone can worship as they want, simply are sick and tired of the holier than thou pushing their views on us. Having said that, Larison is correct that the theocon wing of the GOP does not deserve all the blame for the current mess. People like me who got us into an overseas mess share a good deal of the blame.
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15.) Goodness. How could I have forgotten Phil Kline, who wanted to rifle through medical records to prosecute people for abortion? Phil Kline is not a Democrat.
16.) And how about the opposition to the human papillomavirus vaccine, choosing to pretend their kids don’t have sex over the prevention of cervical cancer.