Category: Politics

Carson, Carson, Carson. What are you thinking?

Please make sense once. Just once.

ICMYI: Mint Press News (9/28/2015) – Ben Carson Considers Religion As Probable Cause For Searches

And if you can’t make sense, would you at least leave our 4th amendment rights alone?

Seriously, the irony is rich with this one.

““What we should be talking about is Islam and the tenets of Islam and where do they come from? They come from Sharia. They come from the Koran,” he told host Martha Raddatz. “They come from, you know, the life works and examples of Muhammad. They come from the fatwas, which is the writings of scholars. You know, and if you go back and you look at — what I would like for somebody to show me is an improved Islamic text that opposes Sharia.”

“If you can show me that, I will begin to alter my thinking on this,” he said. “But, right now, when you have something that is against the rights of women, against the rights of gays, subjugates other religions and a host of things that are not compatible with our Constitution, why in fact would you take that chance?””

a) Maybe he should focus more on the improved Old Testament text that teaches love. I think that one was cleverly called the New Testament. Maybe he missed it or he’s waiting for the sequel for even more clarification?

b) That second paragraph up there, what? Is he completely unaware of which party he’s trying to win the nomination from? Why, indeed, Benny? Why, indeed?

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A belated lesson for Ted Cruz on speaking for the people

It helps when more people are behind you. How’s the view from under the bus?

ICYMI: Politico 9/28 – Cruz sternly rebuked by GOP

On Monday night, Cruz’s colleagues ignored his attempt to disrupt Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to fund the government without attacking Planned Parenthood. In an unusual rebuke, even fellow Republicans denied him a “sufficient second” that would have allowed him a roll call vote.

Then, his Republican colleagues loudly bellowed “no” when Cruz sought a voice vote, a second repudiation that showed how little support Cruz has: Just one other GOP senator — Utah’s Mike Lee — joined with Cruz as he was overruled by McConnell and his deputies.

Life must be truly surreal for him these days. I mean: (more…)

Tony Perkins of Family Research Council strikes again

Bearing false witness is Perkins’ anti-Christian stock in trade

From Raw Story: Tony Perkins: The Constitution protects Christianity but not Islam because it’s not just a religion

Judging all Muslims for the violent behavior of the relative few (as a percentage of total population) makes as much sense as judging Christians on the behavior of Anders Breivik, the George Tiller Killer, the violent clashes in Ireland not so long ago, the Inquisition, and the Crusades.

The real danger, in Islam, in Christianity, even in Buddhism, in any politics, or pretty much any worldview, is radicalism.

And radicalism generally requires first that someone radicalize.

And what does Perkins do and have a long, long history of doing? He incites intolerance and hatred by spreading false witness, utterly contrary to Scripture.

Why can’t Ben Carson address the ramifications of his bigotry?

Maybe because it would be awkward?

From PolitiFact: Ben Carson: Do any Muslim countries have women’s rights, gay rights or religious freedom?

Spoiler: mostly false, with caveats. Ironically, while busily lambasting nations where a different religion holds the majority and calls the shots, he rather fails in addressing those inequalities and the political extremes evidenced here. (more…)

Trump: no obligation to decency

Surprise!

From The Guardian: Trump: I was not obligated to correct questioner who called Obama Muslim

On Twitter, the Republican presidential frontrunner said: “Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!”

Let’s reframe.

Jackass stands up and, based on zero evidence, driven by lies and disinformation that pander to his own ignorance, bias, and prejudice, suspecting (obviously correctly) that his own ignorance, bias, and prejudice will resonate with both the audience and the speaker (Trump), spouts an absurd and pernicious lie (pernicious in the sense that it’s intended to hurt, not in the sense that were it true there is anything actually wrong with the allegation) and doubles down by expressing a desire for ethnic/religious cleansing on American soil.

This was an opportunity for Trump to demonstrate his leadership skills, to lead toward American unity instead of division.

Of course it’s only natural that he’s under no obligation to actually rise to the challenge when running for the highest office of the land.

Who needs leadership in the presidency after all?

Even McCain had more decency. Even McCain.

Hatemongering on the campaign trail: Huckabee edition

What part of Christianity is this?

From Raw Story: Mike Huckabee: Obama has no right to ‘believe he’s a Christian’ after inviting gays to meet pope

Huck and I have one thing in common. We’re not bashful about telling people how to be better at their faith. I think I’m arguably better at it. Jesus dined with lepers, sinners, and tax collectors, after all, but Huck seems to think the company of spiritual leaders is only reserved for some version of the righteous. I guess he has some litmus test for that that must have been cut out of the Gospels.

Meanwhile, the Pope dines with the homeless instead of Congresspeople. Hrmmm…

By their fruits you shall know them.

Ben Carson: constitutional surgeon

This is what a clausectomy looks like

Ben Carson, perhaps the smartest of the GOP pack running for the nomination, and who has a book on the Constitution coming out a) doesn’t believe a Muslim should be president, and b) doesn’t appear to understand the Constitution.

Why is that?

Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution states: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States [emphasis added].”

I’m not sure which is worse, a Constitutional scholar like Obama who appears to do end runs around it like a football player runs laps, or someone like Carson who thinks he knows the Constitution but isn’t willing to apply its principles in practice.