"You know, Josh Burkeen is our rep down here in the southeast area.
He lives in Colgate and travels out of Atoka. He was telling me lesbianism is
so rampant in some of the schools in southeast Oklahoma that they'll only let
one girl go to the bathroom. Now think about it. Think about that issue."
- U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, Aug. 31, 2004
Just as discretion is the better part of valor,
it seems that prurience is now the better part of conservatism; however, Senator
Coburn's observations on rampant lesbianism amongst the flower of Oklahoma girlhood
will not have been exempted from the Law of Unintended Consequences.
Sales of bus tickets to Atoka amongst a key demographic, teenage boys, probably
went through the roof.
Tom Coburn is a doctor by profession.
Reports that GOP Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is to participate in an
April 24 telecast organized by the Family
Research Council from a Kentucky "megachurch" to protest Democrat
filibustering of Bush judicial nominees is another symptom of the Republicans'
downhill skid to
full-blown Roman imperialism, circa 12 B.C.; the appointment of the Emperor
as the High Priest of the state faith.
Yes, yes, yes, church and state are separated by the Constitution. Yes, yes,
yes, even the thought of the United States adopting an official faith sounds
However, there is sometimes an extremely fine line between that which is de
facto and that which is de jure. Take, for example, the government
of Saddam Hussein.
By any standard, Saddam Hussein headed the legal government of Iraq, if for
no other reason other than the acceptance of his ambassadors' credentials. The
fact that he was a murderous thug did not vitiate, annul, or suspend the legality
of his administration per se; nor did the changes in American or British
policy that led to his overthrow. There was no government in exile for us to
recognize. It would not at all be legally impossible for some government somewhere
to continue to recognize Saddam as the legal leader of the Iraqi government,
but it's impossible to argue it in fact.
Applying the same standard to George W. Bush and the evangelicals, perhaps
only one other recent president, John F. Kennedy, has been so closely identified
with his faith; and in the case of the man who if he were alive would be able
to claim the title of the real
last conservative Democrat, that was because of residual anti-Papism, fear
of red hats under the beds; indeed, in 1960, Kennedy addressed the Greater Houston
Ministerial Association, saying,
believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,
where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how
to act and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote."
Fast-forward 45 years, and the tenant of the Oval Office is openly and unashamedly
identified with one particular religious faction, whom the inestimable Paul
Craig Roberts calls "Rapture idolaters." Bill Frist, a U.S. senator,
has no compunction about attending a rally in a church to protest against the
Constitution of the United States.
Although by law the U.S. has no official faith, the fact that a senior Republican
should politick on a church's cloister shows what little regard for the law
the party of government possesses.
The Republican Party was founded in opposition to the practice of chattel slavery.
It had no hesitation in inflicting civil war on its own country to achieve its
goals. It now possesses a political slave army all its own, the word of God
its overseer, a blasphemy against Him and an insult to the memory of the Founding
Fathers. Evangelical Christianity is now part of mainstream Republican DNA,
corrupting the Gospel and turning the party of Dutch Reagan into a gang of demagogues.
The Grand Old Party is not a political party any more, but a cult of Romanesque
who would have the rampant teenage lesbians of Atoka back in gingham and bonnets,
while its seers,
promise "peace" and "democracy" through strategies of endless
war, its Vestal
virgins preaching the suspension of the Constitution and touting absurdist
visions of jihadists in sombreros, evoking the Roman fear of the tribes
on its German border.
In matters relating to the conflict between church and state, no man offered
better example, and suffered more, than St.
Thomas More. Where, now, is the American More, to speak out from the inside
against the depredations of those who would take the apotheosis of Dubya to
its final, Roman, conclusion – his declaration as a god?