Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is showing us where the modern Republican Party wants to take the country.
Frist Set to Use Religious Stage on Judicial Issue,
“As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules governing judicial confirmations, Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, has agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as “against people of faith” for blocking President Bush’s nominees.
[. . .] Some of the nation’s most influential evangelical Protestants are participating in the teleconference in Louisville, including Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; Chuck Colson, the born-again Watergate figure and founder of the Prison Fellowship Ministries; and Dr. Ao Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.”
That’s the Republicans Senate Majority Leader appearing with this Ao Mohler:
Fearing the positive press given American Muslims in recent weeks and Bush’s call for pluralism, one SBC [Southern Baptist Convention] leader attacked Islam in a seminary chapel address. He said Christians, Jews and Muslims did not serve the same God.
Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told seminary students that Islamic theology “kills the soul.” He said Islam “lies about God” and “presents a false gospel.”
He made similar comments about Catholics a year ago on a cable TV program. Mohler said the Roman Catholic Church was “a false church and it teaches a false gospel.”
Mohler, of course, gives Jews the same treatment. And do I need to explain who James Dobson is?
So we’re learning where the modern Republican Party wants to take us. The people at this upcoming event are people who are on record denouncing Islam and Jews and even the Catholic Church. Do we hear the Republicans condemning this? No, they are on the stage with them.
This is certainly not an isolated example of Republican leaders lending their support to extremist fanatics. In February, VP Cheney appeared with a similarly nasty group:
The Vice President of the United States was the keynote speaker at a conference where other speakers called for “a new McCarthyism” to bring “terror” to intellectuals, saying “let’s oppress them [liberals],” and “the entire Harvard faculty” are “traitors.”
Are Republican Party leaders condemning this sort of thing? No, they are lending their support. These are dangerous times. Watch your backs.
Update — Chris at MyDD is on this,aswell.