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“Too Many Right-Wing Christians. Too Few Lions.”

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War going badly? Re-election looking a little shaky? Let’s scapegoat some minorities!

The GOP has officially commenced its Blame the Gays campaign for 2004:

“Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are making plans to turn gay marriage into a major issue in next year’s elections, with some Christian groups saying that banning same-sex unions is a higher immediate priority for them than restricting abortion.

“Party strategists said the issue could be a bonanza for mobilizing conservatives to fund campaigns and turn out to vote, particularly in the South. Conservative groups said they plan to challenge candidates to sign a pledge in support of a constitutional amendment precluding gay marriage, then use the results — along with votes Republicans hope to force in the House and Senate — as a wedge against Democrats.”

The only question is whether W. will come on board.

“Administration officials, in private conversations, sounded skittish about the issue and said there is no chance Bush will take any further position on the issue before the Massachusetts ruling. After that, the president will have to make a high-stakes legal and political decision about how aggressive a response he will support.”

But given the fierce homophobia that reigns in the more benighted GOP precincts–that is, most of them–I predict he will.

Will it work? Some, like Doug Ireland of The Nation, are convinced it may be a slam-dunk.

Yet another reason to move to Canada. Or to purchase the bumper sticker I saw in Portland, Maine, this summer: “Too many right wing Christians. Too few lions.”

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  • Pete Nelson

    Boy, Mike. What a powerfully intellectual article you write.

    Let me summarize:

    “Not everyone agrees with your left-wing agenda? Lost the presidency and majorities in the House and Senate? Let’s bash the Christians!”


  • Mark Saleski

    it’s funny how the left wing always seems to have an ‘agenda’.

    …while the right wing’s ‘goals’ obviously have more intrisic merit.


  • Taloran

    What “intrisic (sic) merit” is there to ensuring that certain segments of the population have fewer rights than others?

  • Eryk

    “The only question is whether W. will come on board.”

    Hello! As if proclaiming Marriage Protection Week and supporting 21+ hate groups, many of which employ FULL-TIME staff to defame gay people and families, wasn’t enough of an announcement? Unfortunately he is on board already. It’s a shame really. Those republicans seem to be doing all they can to make sure I don’t vote for them. In fact, I’m beginning to think they don’t want my vote in the first place, which is rather insulting. They should really work on their strategy.

    “A new amendment we vote on declaring that I am equal under the law to a man? I’m mortified to discover there’s reason to believe I wasn’t before. I’m a citizen of this country. I’m not a special subset in need of your protection. I do not need to have my rights handed down to me by a bunch of old white men.” Ainsley Hayes, The West Wing

  • Mac Diva

    Mike is likely right. i’ve been following the Bushites and gays as a recurring topic. They play a double game — recruiting Right Wing homosexuals and selling an overall anti-gay stance simultaneously. It works pretty well. Groups like the Log Cabin Republicans are pleased to be acknowledged and allowed to visit the White House. However, at the same time, the message is sent to the GOP hoi polloi that the party is as still as ‘family values’ oriented as ever. Some Christian Coalition types have demanded Bush take a firm stand against ‘the homosexual agenda,’ but I doubt he will do that because he can continue his current behavior. Only in a close election would he need to become more blatant to rally far Right support. I don’t think it will be a close election.

  • The Theory

    i hope it’s not a close election. i don’t think i could stomach the idea of another term with Shrub.

  • Mac Diva

    TT, get used to the thought. As much as I loathe that sorry excuse for a man, I believe he will win handily.

  • Mark Saleski

    intrisic (sic)

    i hate this laptop.

  • Eric Olsen

    Looks so far like MD is right. I get the sense that whoever picks up the Democratic nomination will be a Dukakis-like figure, gamely slogging through with no real hope of putting together a winning coalition.

    I believe Bush knows the right thing to do regarding gay rights, but don’t get the sense he will make a strong stand either way, as MD also observes.

  • Mark Saleski

    using the “Dukakis-word” is absolutely right.

    democrats have gotten used to be tarred & feathered….and have yet to figure out how to fight back.

    all those political consultants serve to do is set their feet into concrete.

  • Eryk

    I’m not really interested in supporting someone that places his political agenda above the rights of his own people. After the APW proclamation I am convinced that he has no intention of “doing the right thing.” He has lost my support in it’s entirety.

  • Mark Saleski

    this was the man who was supposed to restore dignity to the office.

    in the dictionary that i own, dignity is not a synonym of arrogance.

  • Hal Pawluk

    “democrats … have yet to figure out how to fight back.”

    It amazes me too, especially since they have so much ammunition.

    Instead, guys like Lieberman, a “weaker-Bush-wannabee-with-a-Dems-sticker” still have a chance to run (he lost once already – what are they thinking?).


  • Taloran

    The problem is, the Democrats are just as horrible as the Republicans. Each of them, in their own inimitable fashion, is every bit as appealing as a vomit-covered drunk in an alley.

    I’m speaking of the pols, not the voters.

  • Eryk

    True. I really have no firm political affiliation but right now my life seems to be a little farther left than the Republicans want to tolerate.

  • Aaron Fuenning

    I want anyone who cares to know that I am a born again christian and had no problems with Mike L.’s article. Although I have to say that perhaps it wouldn’t be a good thing if he really could sick lions on all people he disagrees with. I doubt he really wants lions to eat people though. So apart from that sillyness yeah, is it too much to ask that these right wing “christian” homophobes see gays for what they are? Regular people who want equal rights the same rights as their married, straight neighbors? Right wing “christians” love to scream to high heaven when they feel their rights are being squashed. Anyone with common sense should be able to smell the hypocrasy from miles away. I live in the predominately gay neighborhood of capitol hill in Denver and I think the diversity is wonderful. I hope Bush pulls his head out of his ass and actually stands up for something really christian, for once, like loving his neighbor as himself. What a concept!

  • Mac Diva

    Aaron, in light of the Mass. Supreme Court’s decision granting gays the right to marry today, the White House is said to be going Hell for leather to come up with a ‘remedy.’ Shrub may have thought he could waffle through this one and act after the election, but I think that plan just collapsed.

  • http://www.blogbloke.comhttp://www.blogbloke.com BB

    When fools rush in:

    Let no man deceive himself. If any man think that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise. (1Co 3:18)

  • Al Barger
  • Docent Shark

    Re; Religion and the Right

    1) With the ‘gay marriage’ issue, the Right is once again determining the debate in their favor. Who really gives a shit if gays are married? And just why would a gay marriage “threaten” the “sanctity” of marriage? More Pavlovian buzz-word euphemisms from the Right.

    2) Best euphemism yet: “Faith-Based” which actually means “religious”—and stupid members of the Fourth Estate have even started using it. Score another for RNC/Newspeak word designers.

    3) What was the most famous FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE on American Soil?

    TWIN TOWERS tumbling to the ground in a cloud of smoke.

    4) My wish: Gays AND Christians would just sit down and shut the fuck up.

    PS: I’m thinking about running for office based on my slogan:

    “Mandatory Post-Partum Abortions for Religious Fanatics of All Persuasions”

    Who wants to email me their credit card number?!

  • Phillip Winn

    It’s fortunate indeed that most Christians don’t want to kill everybody who disagress with them, as Mike Larkin seems to. Or did you mean something else by suggesting that right-wing Christians ought to be fed to lions? That’s pretty insensitive, don’t you think?

    Docent Shark is just a troll, but I expect a little more common sense from Mike Larkin.

  • Shark

    Winn sez: “It’s fortunate indeed that most Christians don’t want to kill everybody who disagress with them”


    Fortunate indeed.

    re: Troll –

    “Troll – someone posting with the purpose of inflaming or starting an emotional response… basically done by jerks with nothing better to do with their spare time.”

    Tain’t me. I’m here for two reasons:

    1) to entertain;

    2) to make you read these lists;

  • Ellen McVay

    I am in search of a bumper sticker that says, “too many Christians, not enough lions.”
    Can anyone help?

  • Zosh

    Too Many Homos, Not Enough AIDS

    by Virginia E. Zimmer

    Too many homos, not enough AIDS.
    Too many blacks, not enough rope.
    Too many Jews, not enough gas.
    Too many witches, not enough firewood.
    Would it be acceptable for me to have the above words placed on a bumper sticker and then slap it on the rear of my car?
    Though I haven’t seen any bumper stickers with these phrases, nor would I ever display one, I have seen the following.
    Too many Christians, not enough lions.
    Tell me again who’s intolerant towards others.

  • Steve S

    Too many Christians, not enough lions. Tell me again who’s intolerant towards others.

    It’s my opinion that any intolerance that Christians in this country feel originates from a ‘pushing back’ frame of mind.

    It’s odd that in all the years I’ve heard [right-wing] Christians lament their persecution in this Christian dominated society, with a Christian dominated government (all branches), I’ve never once heard a one of them question why.