They want a theocracy and they don’t care who knows it. The Dallas Morning News fills us in on the Republican convention in Texas:
SAN ANTONIO – Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell offered a greeting to delegates to the Republican convention. “It’s great to be back in the holy land,” the Fort Worth native said to the cheers of the party faithful.For the 4,500 delegates at last week’s biennial gathering, it was both an expression of conservative philosophy and religious faith, a melding of church and state.
At Saturday morning’s prayer meeting, party leader Tina Benkiser assured them that God was watching over the two-day confab.
“He is the chairman of this party,” she said against a backdrop of flags and a GOP seal with its red, white and blue logo.
The party platform, adopted Saturday, declares “America is a Christian nation” and affirms that “God is undeniable in our history and is vital to our freedom.”
“We pledge to exert our influence toward a return to the original intent of the First Amendment and dispel the myth of the separation of church and state,” it says.
In case the point isn’t clear enough:
John Green, an expert on church-state issues at the University of Akron, said the GOP has defined itself against Democrats by making religion, particularly issues such as abortion and gay marriage, part of its politics.
“This is not a political disagreement. This is a religious disagreement,” he said.
The GOP is quickly becoming our own little version of the Taliban and it’ll end up doing more damage to this country than any Islamic terrorist could ever hope to if decent people allow it to continue unchecked.
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