Tuesday, June 21, 2005

It continues

Howard Dean can call Republicans evil, liars, corrupt and brain dead, and it is just politics. He manages to insinuate that all Christians are racist, and so are Republicans, and that any person of color associated with them is stupid, and it is "taken out of context." Sen. Durbin can liken the military to Nazis, Pol Pot, Soviets and others, and it is "misinterpreted", since he really meant to compare the US to those regimes. Democratic leaders say "questions remain" about US soldiers actions, and accuse Rove of somehow causing the resulting kerfluffle. But when a Republican says something similar about Democrats, the resulting noise forces him to retract the comment within half an hour.
The rhetorical warfare came as the House considered a proposal by Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., to put Congress on record against "coercive and abusive religious proselytizing" at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind., criticized Obey and Steve Israel, D-N.Y., who offered a similar condemnation of academy officials earlier this year on another bill.

"Like a moth to a flame, Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to denigrating and demonizing Christians," Hostettler said.

Democrats leapt to their feet and demanded Hostettler be censured for his remarks. After a half-hour's worth of wrangling, Hostettler retracted his comments.

Democrats criticized Hostettler's remarks, which began, "The long war on Christianity in America continues today on the floor of the United States House of Representatives."

Obey said Hostettler's "outburst ... is perhaps the perfect example of why we need to pass the language in my amendment."

Once again, I wonder who is more dangerous to have running around in the military, much less in society: followers of a man who said, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" or one who said of the Jews and other non-believers, " seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper".

Something is upside-down here...

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