Never thought I would find myself writing this, but hats off
to Post and Courier editor and columnist Frank Wooten
for his column on Sunday, January 17, blasting the likes
Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Rush Limbaugh. It was
sparked by Robertson's absurd and obscene comment
last week, blaming the Haitian earthquake on a supposed
"pact with the devil" the Haitian people made two centuries
ago. (To refresh your memory, see my blog for last week's
entry on Pat Robertson.)
Could Wooten be going rogue (to coin an expression?) on
the op-ed page of the P&C? You be the judge, but it makes
you wonder of Pierre Manigault reads his own newspaper
these days, when such straight-up talk can actually see the
light of day. Congratulations, Frank! Looks like you are growing
See Wooten's column in full at www.postandcourier.com/staff/frank_wooten/
Also scary: The lousy deal that Republican politicians have made for the last few decades to get the Religious Right vote — a deal that evidently requires paying periodic homage to the TV preacher likes of Robertson.
Heavy baggage already is imposed on the conservative movement by controversy seeker Rush Limbaugh, who on his show Wednesday said of some urgent fundraising efforts:
"We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax."
Even heavier is the baggage imposed when candidates cater to flat-earth notions grounded in old-time religion. For instance, during the first Republican presidential debate of the 2008 race (in May 2007 — seriously), Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo and Sam Brownback raised their hands to signify that they didn't believe in evolution.
Maybe they really didn't believe in evolution, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting it. (If you're among those still doubting it, consult a biologist).
Maybe they did believe in evolution but also believed that they needed to raise their hands to prosper in a party co-opted by people who insist that "creationism" (oops, now they call it "intelligent design") is legitimate science.
Maybe we should judge politicians on more pertinent matters than professed religious faith — or lack thereof.
Maybe so-called conservatives should cut the holier-than-thou act and instead focus on restoring their fiscal-responsibility credibility.