When my head stops exploding, I’ll let you know.
Instead, Perry headed to Fredericksburg, Texas to attend a “call to action” retreat/fundraiser, where he was slated to hobknob with religious nutbag and self-styled historian David Barton.
From Joy-Ann Reid at The Grio:
Barton was among a group of Texas conservatives who in 2010 sought to revise that state’s textbooks to promote their view that the notion of a constitutional separation of church and state is a myth, and that students should be taught a version of American history that blends theology with themes of a constant clash of civilizations between Christians and Muslims.
According to a Washington Monthly article in January 2010, Barton, the former head of the Texas Republican Party, and Peter Marshall, who the article described as “a Massachusetts-based preacher who has argued that California wildfires and Hurricane Katrina were God’s punishment for tolerating gays,” had even more ideas in mind when they testified before the Texas Education Assembly. Per the Washington Monthly:
Barton and Peter Marshall initially tried to purge the standards of key figures of the civil rights era, such as César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall, though they were forced to back down amid a deafening public uproar. They have since resorted to a more subtle tack; while they concede that people like Martin Luther King Jr. deserve a place in history, they argue that they shouldn’t be given credit for advancing the rights of minorities.
As Barton put it, “Only majorities can expand political rights in America’s constitutional society.” Ergo, any rights people of color have were handed to them by whites–in his view, mostly white Republican men.
I watched Joy Reid make an excellent point on Al Sharpton’s show, and that is (in my words): If right-wing nutbags are going to keep pounding the Jeremiah Wright/”Goddamn America!” drum (and you know they will, even though they can’t explain how Barack Obama is simultaneously a secret Muslim and an America-hating Christian), then Democrats need to make sure that Rick Perry is held accountable for the racist and utterly absurd views of his BFF, David Barton.
This is your Republican party, people.
Drink it in. Let the crazy wash over you.
My head is still exploding.
[via The Grio]
[cross-posted at ABLC][Well gee whiz, gentlemen. This here black lady is somewhat touched by the “ZOMG! ABL COME BACK!” posts. And of course I can never resist the opportunity to PISS OFF the TROLLS with my OBNOXIOUS FORMATTING and ever-looming threat of closed threads AND BUTTHURT. So here’s a post on Rick Perry that seems to have gotten some traction at ABLC (and yer damn right I just created a new category, John Cole!) Yes, yes, I know… it’s an old post. “SEE?! SHE DOESN’T EVEN RESPECT THE JUICE TO WRITE SOMETHING ORIGINAL!” they cried. And ABL laughed because trolls are hilarious. She also to stopped talking about herself in the third person because frankly, it’s weird. Oh, and for the record, I’m not a lesbian (not that there’s anything wrong with it), I’m not bipolar (duh and/or hello! I have a fucking brain tumor in my head!) and I fracking love They Might Be Giants. Who said black people don’t have little birdhice in their souls? What are you, racist or somethin’? Dang! I trust everyone is doing swimmingly. As for me, I am cross-posting at the Grio, and I’m actually getting paid for my next post (on Maxine Waters’ Jobs Townhall in Crenshaw tomorrow) which is awesome because no one’s ever paid me to write anything before. So that gets a big fat “huzzah!” Um, what else. I guess that’s it. Eat your peas, people. -ABLxx]