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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: WWJK?

“Conservative leaders meeting in Washington yesterday for a discussion of ‘remedies to Judicial Tyranny’ decided that Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee, should be impeached, or worse.
Not to be outdone, lawyer-author Edwin Vieira told the gathering that Kennedy should be impeached because his philosophy, evidenced in his opinion striking down an anti-sodomy statute, ‘upholds Marxist, Leninist, satanic principles drawn from foreign law.’ Ominously, Vieira continued by saying his ‘bottom line’ for dealing with the Supreme Court comes from Joseph Stalin. ‘He had a slogan, and it worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty: 'no man, no problem,' ‘ Vieira said.
The full Stalin quote, for those who don't recognize it, is ‘Death solves all problems: no man, no problem.’"
-Dana Milbank, Washington Post, April 8, 2005

“Wow.. Satanic principles? Quoting Stalin about executing your enemies right after complaining about ‘Leninist’ principles? Dang.. Sometimes I just can’t add anything. I would like to sat that this isn’t just the radical fringe here. This was a mainstream conservative conference for the ‘moral’ conservative branch of the Republican party (I put in the quotations around moral both for the dubious nature of some of these people and to separate them from the fiscal conservative branch of the Republicans, which I honestly have much less problem with).”

“The conference was organized during the height of the Schiavo controversy by a new group, the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration. This was no collection of fringe characters. The two-day program listed two House members; aides to two senators; representatives from the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America; conservative activists Alan Keyes and Morton C. Blackwell; the lawyer for Terri Schiavo's parents; Alabama's ‘Ten Commandments’ judge, Roy Moore; and DeLay, who canceled to attend the pope's funeral.”
-Dana Milbank, Washington Post, April 8, 2005

“DeLay did attend by videoconference though. Just good, loving Christian folks. I’m sure that when Mr. Viera said his little speech he was simply unaware of the full quotation. I mean, to suggest that the death of your opponents would be a good way to deal with problems seems a little.. UnChristian.”

“As Gibbs [David Gibbs, attorney for Terri Schiavo’s parents] finished speaking, Scarborough [Rick Scarbough, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas] invited the audience to get on their knees. All over the room, people dropped to the floor, heads bowed. From somewhere in the audience, a preacher started up:
‘Father, we echo the words of the apostle Paul, because we know Judge Greer claims to be a Christian. So as the Apostle Paul said in First Corinthians 5, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus.’
It sounded like a prayer for death.”
-Salon, April 11, 2005

“He's [Rick Scarbough’s] also the author of a booklet titled ‘In Defense of … Mixing Church and State.’ It argues that the belief that the Constitution provides for separation of church and state is ‘a lie introduced by Satan and fostered by the courts. Unfortunately, it is embraced by the American public to our shame and disgrace, and that lie has led us to the edge of the abyss.’"
-Salon, April 11, 2005

“Possibly Pastor Scarbough should pay heed to another old quote before he starts looking over the edge of that abyss leading down to that cloven-hoof guy again..”

"If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."
-Friedrich Nietzche


Blogger Mark said...

Correction: Death to one's opponents is not un-Christian it is un-Biblical. A quick romp through Christian history shows we have been good at killing those who don't think like we do.


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