5/3/13

Onward, Christian Soldiers!

Fox News, which of late is making the term 'fair and balanced' something of a journalistic joke, is whipping the rad right to a froth:

Poll shows 29 percent of voters think 'armed revolution' might be needed 

Of course, most of them are a) Republicans and b) FoxNews readers - or watchers, since the werds in many of the articles are, like, big werds, sometimes with more than two syllables, and kind of hard to understand. Here's the deal ... in any given 'normal' year, there's always a crowd that thinks This Is The Year Of The Second Revolution, if not the Second Coming. So I'm not sure that this is really news. OTOH,  we have Todd Starnes  whippin' 'em into a high state of paranoia what with the military about to start court-martialing 'Christians'. 'Christians,' as we all know, are among the most persecuted of individuals in These United States, what with all those legions of jack-booted government thugs (thanks and a tip of the hat to Wayne LaPierre for coining that one) bent on kicking in doors, arresting people, confiscating guns, and presumably burning bibles in the street and bulldozing churches to the ground.

Meanwhile: Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News he was stunned that the Pentagon would be taking counsel and advice from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

I'm stunned that the Pentagon would be taking counsel and advice from Perkins and the Family Research Council, who are among the most militant organizations in the nation when it comes to forcing their version of 'Christianity' upon the rest of us. They are also among the most vocal of whiners about how they are 'persecuted' here in the US. I would suggest that if they really want a perspective on persecution, they should spend a few months in China, North Korea, or any of a dozen other such countries.

Starnes makes Beck look like the soul of reason. He cherry-picks news articles, writes 'em with an incredible slant, leaving out salient little details that might show what a weasel of a manipulator he really is. Starnes is an example of what Fox News has become - a pathetically transparent panderer to the right. Starnes' fans continually spew an irrational, thoughtless fountain of verbal - written, actually - bile that rivals the worst of what you'll find on the left. You'd think there's more than enough actually going on with the left and the Obamanians to get worked up over that the right wouldn't have to resort to such sleaze ... but that's the Republican base for you.

Meanwhile, let's let the 'Christian Right' get on with their important work of bashing Catholics, Mormons, 7th Day Adventists, JW's, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus,and host of other religions and gays.  That's not 'persecution, you see. It's simply 'Christian righteousness.'