What a well-written article…

and completely enjoyable for those of us who shudder at the thought of god-crazy people trying to get into the White House.

Kathleen Parker from the Washington Post is well worth reading…

Read the entire column here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rick-perry-the-republicans-messiah/2011/08/26/gIQAGnY5gJ_story.html

Excerpt “And also why he probably canโ€™t win a national election, in which large swaths of the electorate would prefer that their president keep his religion close and be respectful of knowledge that has evolved from thousands of years of human struggle against superstition and the kind of literal-mindedness that leads straight to the dark ages.

Faith and reason are not mutually exclusive, but Perry makes you think they are.”

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13 Responses to What a well-written article…

  1. Freedom Smith says:

    He also does not seem, to me, to have the charisma needed.

  2. amyhftw says:

    I haven’t had a chance to read the whole article, ZOMG SO BUSY! but here’s what’s been rolling around in my brain these last few days.
    Some of these extreme Christians will complain there isn’t Bible-teachings in public schools. What I’d like to say is, whose Bible? Which translation? And who should be teaching it? A Catholic, Protestant or Mormon – or Atheist? And if a Protestant, which kind? Methodist? Southern Baptist? American Baptist? Congregationalist/UCC (GO TEAM! <– see? Bias!)? Presbyterian? Lutheran – but Wisconsin or Missouri Synod? Episcopalian?
    This is why we have so many different denominations. People want to hear the Bible in the way they agree with. Which is why it needs to be kept out of our public institutions.

    As you all know, I'm a regular church-goer. I like church. It gives me a feeling of community and stability. I also believe that at the heart of Christianity is to help our neighbors, give back as we receive and treat people with dignity, respect and grace. And that's it.

    Jesus was a rabble-rouser who saw the destructive relationship of religion and politics to rule over people. Funny some of these leaders forget he was the first person to lead the charge – and therefore was persecuted – for separation of church and state.

    • Lauri says:

      Everything you just said, Ames! Hear hear!!!

      Sorry you are soooo busy! ๐Ÿ˜€
      The church I grew up in was a wonderful social support network that taught us to be kind to others, help those who need it, and it also taught me to use my own brain. Then it became overrun with people freaking out about “saving” other people. Then it was more “We are saved and you aren’t because of this and this and this…” and well, I just didn’t buy into it anymore.
      I would enjoy a church that was more like the church of my childhood.

      • amyhftw says:

        Yeah, that “saving” stuff is hard to take. If you really are in the market for that childhood church, I recommend checking out the UCC (United Church of Christ). It’s where all the progressives hang out. We don’t believe in evangelizing, figuring people who are looking for us are smart enough to find us. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Even just typing that out was a little painful, so self-conscious I am of looking like a religious loon! Ha!

        • Lauri says:

          Oooo, that is really good information to have! I might be in the market for something like that one of these days! (after I have had a nice long break from wacko religions) ๐Ÿ™‚
          Thank you for sharing!

    • Jaypo says:

      Not those damned papists, they use only the New Testament to get to hell rather than the whole book.

      I’ve heard also that Jesus would be put in jail if he were on earth today.

  3. madtante says:

    There you are! I went in and subscribed to email delivery of 50 blogs. Yuck. That’s why I keep WP out of my g-reader! (like me, some of my subs post more than once a day)

    Since WP is being an ahole, it’s the only way I can see you! (and everybody else)

    As to the article, it’s writing what I already think, so of course it makes sense to me! I have to say, though, surrounded by bigots who believe Yahweh hates Jews (huh? I’m telling you…that’s what they believe, even if they don’t understand that’s what they’re saying), Perry is going to take the GOP primary here. I could be wrong but can’t see how.

    I almost took a photo of the newest addition by a coworker to the co: a girlie-pink baseball hat flying Dixie. Where I come from, Dixie is the symbol for “White=Good Black=…” hang on, they don’t say “black.” You know what I mean.

    Anybody non-insane needs to get out and vote to make sure anymore crazies don’t get in office. What I’m seeing is more and more crazies.

  4. That’s why I hope Perry is nominated by the Repugnicans to run for President. Unless nobody shows up at the polls except holy rollers and wingnuts, it’ll be impossible for him and the GOP to win.

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