Kathleen Parker must of loved all the attention she got from the liberal’s when she piled onto the Palin Panic Attack express because now she writes a column describing the religious folks inside the Republican party as low-brows and beasts:
As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.
Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.
I’m bathing in holy water as I type.~~~
To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.
Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth — as long as we’re setting ourselves free — is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.
Jonah Goldberg has some advice for you Kathleen:
I don’t know what’s more grating, the quasi-bigotry that has you calling religious Christians low brows, gorillas and oogedy-boogedy types or the bravery-on-the-cheap as you salute — in that winsome way — your own courage for saying what (according to you) needs to be said. Please stop bragging about how courageous you are for weathering a storm of nasty email you invite on yourself by dancing to a liberal tune. You aren’t special for getting nasty email, from the right or the left. You aren’t a martyr smoking your last cigarette. You’re just another columnist, talented and charming to be sure, but just another columnist. You are not Joan of the Op-Ed Page. Perhaps the typical Washington Post reader (or editor) doesn’t understand that. But you should, and most conservatives familiar with these issues can see through what you’re doing.
Once you get hooked on the elitist parties thrown by the Democrats I guess you will do anything to get your next fix….that includes writing ignorant screeds against your own party.
As far as the article itself goes, I find it funny how she missed the exit polls showing the economy was on everyone’s minds….not religion. No, we lost because the economy tanked at the worst possible time which means, as history has shown, the incumbant party gets booted. Tack on the fact that Obama was able to lure millions of religious faithful to vote for him and you have the making of a Obama victory:
Though the economy clearly was the defining issue of the election, Barack Obama forged a new coalition by luring millions of religious voters who had avoided Democrats in recent years.
Here’s what Sen. Obama did:
He narrowed the God Gap~~~
Here’s how Sen. Obama did it:
“We worship an awesome God in the blue states,” Sen. Obama declared during his 2004 Democratic convention keynote. Thunderous applause greeted that line, in part because Democrats felt frustrated that they’d been unfairly cast as a secular or even anti-religion party, and by the political dominance of religious conservatives.
To a large degree, he was able to make such progress with these groups because of the economy. Some antiabortion voters went with Sen. Obama in spite of his positions on “values issues” — not because of them.
But Sen. Obama helped ease their way to his side through a canny set of tactics and strategies unlike anything we’ve seen from Democrats in years.
He emphasized his personal faith.
No Democrat since Jimmy Carter has spoken as openly, and as often, about his personal faith. In his Call to Renewal speech in 2006, Obama chastised some Democrats “who dismiss religion in the public square as inherently irrational or intolerant, insisting on a caricature of religious Americans that paints them as fanatical, or thinking that the very word ‘Christian’ describes one’s political opponents, not people of faith.”
Indeed, some of his comments would have been mocked by the left had they come out of a Republican mouth. Sen. Obama’s campaign distributed literature during the primaries that described “That day Obama felt a beckoning of the spirit and accepted Jesus Christ into his life.” One panel on the brochure, “Called to Bring Change,” declares, “We do what we do because God is with us.” Another described his belief in “the power of prayer,” and another, labeled, “Called to Christ,” stated, “Kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth and carrying out His works.”
This had two purposes: one was reaching out to religious voters. The other was to show him as a mainstream, culturally conservative person. Sen. Obama might not be able to bowl, but he sure could pray.
He won highlighting his faith, rather then disguising it as Kathleen Parker says we should do. But that would be the death kneel of this party. Hell, case in point. Look at California and Prop. 8. Many of the yes voters were in fact Obama supporters. A majority of the black and hispanic population voted to affirm that proposition.
But to Kathleen we need to look more like the Democrat party to win.
One victory by a Socialist who had the MSM on his side, the economy on his side, and apparently religion on his side and now it’s time to dump the religious folks from our party to win again.
This part is a doozy:
“And the nonreligious won’t get religion through external conversion. It doesn’t work that way.”
Translation: You religious nuts stop spreading the word of God because it doesn’t work.
There you have it, it worked for centuries but not anymore. According to Kathleen that is.
Where in the world do these people come from?