Can the GOP survive without acknowledging God?

That’s a question asked in a newsletter I received. I suppose “The LINK” was mailed to my house because the sender assumes every Texan is a god-fearing, gun-toting Stepford Republican.

I learned that it’s my “God-given right” to carry the LINK letter into the polling booth so that I’ll know who to vote for, and I won’t even have to think. (Especially good for women, no doubt.) “We have NEVER supported a Democrat,” the publisher says. And I have to wonder, if you’ve never supported a Democrat, if you vote exactly as someone has told you, then you’re not really thinking for yourself, are you? You’re just buying into and reinforcing stereotypes.

This newsletter gives insights into how these folks think. And it’s pretty scary. Here’s a quote:

The gays are becoming the new “in” group. They say you and I are bigoted, racist, hateful homophobes if we speak out against the harmful lifestyle.

Not sure who “they” is, but I didn’t actually say that. However, I believe people speak the truth about themselves. So yes, I agree that this brand of conservatism is indeed bigoted, racist and homophobic. (Read Rachael’s great post about hatefulness.) Exactly who is suffering from this “harmful lifestyle”? The new “in” group? Really? If “gay is in” who is out?

Texas is the last stand for conservative values in America.

In other words, while the rest of the nation has grown more tolerant, a number of Texans–at least the ones with deep pockets and a soapbox–hold stubbornly to the belief that every person must be the same in color, religion, sexual orientation and political preference. (Yes, every person pictured in this glossy, 16-page newsletter is white.)

I’d like to say that it’s just religion that makes people bad, but like guns, religion is merely a weapon. It’s used to attack anyone standing outside the circle of power who might be a threat: “single” women, minorities, gays and people who’ve been marginalized. No, the GOP cannot survive as a “national force” without God because he’s the club wielded on anyone who doesn’t fit their narrow view of what is “right.” God told these folks that marriage is between one man and one woman. He puts babies into the bellies of female humans (not any other animal).  And he doesn’t want immigrants in America taking our jobs.

The rest of us have to stand up against these bullies. We can’t allow a handful of loud obnoxious yahoos work their way into our government with the intention of legislating who others love and what they do with their bodies.

So I am taking my LINK letter to the poll next week, and I’m voting against any candidate or incumbent who stands for intolerance and bigotry.

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On another note — for those of you who’ve asked about interviews, I had a great one a few nights ago with some funny atheists from the DFW area. (Yes! There’s more in Texas.) Check out the interview, as well as their other podcasts. (Just a warning, however. They’re fond of profanity!)

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43 responses to “Can the GOP survive without acknowledging God?

  1. Go you! I didn’t even know this kind of thing existed, but that’s just ridiculous, to have someone influence how to vote like that!

  2. Did the newsletter really say “They say you and I are bigoted, racist, hateful homophones” – Homophones? Like an eye for an aye?

  3. Ah….maybe I am as much a budding atheist as I am a polydeist — I’m fond of profanity, too! Just kidding — but yes, religion is the weapon used to bludgeon people into compliance. F**k THAT noise!

  4. I love that your right’s are “god given”. Really? Because it seems to me that in America, are rights are “constitutionally given” but maybe I’ve been wrong this whole time. I should probably pray about that.

  5. “And he doesn’t want immigrants in America taking our jobs that we don’t want to do ourselves (they can be our maids, garbage haulers, migrant farm laborers, etc.)”

    Fixed this for you. This thing, this “they are taking our jobs!” really gets my sacrifice for jeezuz goat! Which jobs exactly are they taking? The overpaid CEO? The computer programmer? It’s yet another of those vague rallying cries.

  6. Debbie, this is an excellent post, as usual. No, the GOP would not survive, and anyone who votes for someone just because they believe in god needs a thorough neurological evaluation, IMO. Here’s where this madness is leading. He is favored to win.

    “Nebraska Senate Nominee Says Religious Beliefs Can Justify Breaking Any Law”

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/05/14/3437587/nebraska-sasse-absolute-religious-liberty/

  7. lancethruster

    I believe very strongly in gay marriage, I believe if you are a person who is watching this special right now, and you don’t believe in gay marriage, turn it off you’re a fucking dick, I don’t want anything to do with you.

    Now, and my reasoning is so simple right, if you don’t believe in gay marriage, you’re a dick head, because it’s got nothing to fucking do with you. Right? It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter who loves who or who wants to be with who. it’s none of your fucking business, none of your fucking business.

    If you hate gay marriage, you know, what you should do, don’t marry a gay person. It will be your little way of getting around it, and that will fucking show the guys, hey?

    ~ Jim Jefferies

    from: http://lybio.net/jim-jefferies-on-gay-people/comedy/

  8. And this, in today’s headlines:

    “A Washington, D.C .lobbyist who previously announced plans to prepare legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the National Football League (NFL) has called for a boycott of the St. Louis Rams and credit card company Visa over their affiliation with the openly gay Michael Sam.”

    “Visa and the Rams will learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values, there will be a terrible financial price to pay,” said Burkman. “Openly gay football players send a terrible message to our youth about morality. Somebody needs to step up because the moral fiber of the nation is eroding.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/16/lobbyist-who-wanted-to-ban-gays-in-nfl-now-boycotting-rams-and-visa-over-michael-sam/

    Where is their humanity?

  9. I totally agree with this one. The GOP/conservative parties have hijacked religion and turned it into a weaponized ideaology. I am fully for the separation of church & state. Too much damage has been done, too much alienation, too much judging. Past time to disconnect the two in this country. Faith (of any kind) should be outside the spheres of politics, law, and government. I constantly see on many conservative & ministry websites calls-to-arms against issues that need to be decided by individuals who should have the freedom to choose their own path. Where’s the liberty when any government decides something for “your own good”? If it’s a morality decision, that’s not their business.

    • @Dave ” Past time to disconnect the two in this country. Faith (of any kind) should be outside the spheres of politics, law, and government. I constantly see on many conservative & ministry websites calls-to-arms against issues that need to be decided by individuals who should have the freedom to choose their own path.” Can I say “amen” to that?

      _____

  10. Also, I appreciated this: “I’d like to say that it’s just religion that makes people bad, but like guns, religion is merely a weapon.” ;)

    • lancethruster

      Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

      ~ Steven Weinberg

  11. Here in Mississippi, we are subtle about our bullying of the righteous. Alas, they are on to us.

    http://wonkette.com/549189/stop-persecuting-christians-by-letting-gays-shop-in-your-stores#P0Q7BevjetjgpSBb.01

    After the AFA published the list of companies that had the “we don’t discriminate” sticker. Within a day, several had taken the stickers down. I wonder how many death threats these companies got from Christian patriots.

  12. lancethruster

    The ‘righteous’ love to use religion as a club. Rethuglican Jeebus is all about the ‘weaponized’ Gospel.

  13. So glad to see your book getting more coverage, Debbie! I hope you have a great weekend.

  14. “Texas is the last stand for conservative values in America.”

    Living in Massachusetts and enjoying the 10th anniversary of gay marriage I just have to say “Alamo away!”

  15. I used to think things were getting better as our society matured. But it seems now it’s only getting worse. I believe two events precipitated this: 9/11 (damn non-Christians and their extremist views!) and the election of a black president (oh gawd, mama, the devil’s at the door!).

    Live and let live, people. It’s not that hard.

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