Friday, September 05, 2008

Wow, which one is the stalking horse, again?

The wide reading Steve M. points us, in comments, to this salutary look at the religious right's new wolf in ladies clothing.

The more theocratic elements of the Religious Right have a disturbing habit, (more like a practice) of invoking "imprecatory prayer" -- a call for God to literally pour his wrath down on those they consider to be his enemies. Last year, for example, Rev. Wiley Drake, then a Second Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention made news when he called on his followers to pray for God to smite members of the staff of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. (Drake was angry that the organization had reported Drake to the IRS for endorsing Mike Huckabee on church stationary, among other apparent abuses of his church's 501(c))(3) tax-exemption.) The most recent target of theoractic imprecations is none other than Republican presidential candidate John McCain. They hope that an act of God will make Sarah Palin president.
When McCain picked Palin I thought that he'd use her to get into the white house and then push her out, maybe for Romney or some other money con, to reassure the markets and get the party back in good with the money guys and ready for the 2012 elections. And some of the conservatives argued nervously during the first few hours of palinhysteria that if McCain died in office she should/would arrange to gracefully step aside for a more qualified new Vice Presidential selection. After the full force of her success with the far right became clear I began to think that she was not going to allow herself or her religious fantatic friends to be shoved off the national stage whether they win this election or not. But after reading the piece linked above I'm starting to think McCain should get himself a taster and a second set of mine sweepers for his car. Because these guys are playing for all the marbles and though he thought he could ride the lady? he's really riding the tiger.