Wednesday, July 19, 2006

god in the house (bush at the naacp) (john carter of texas)

The empty gesture by the House GOP to vote (unsuccessfully) to ban gay marriage by constitutional amendment is disturbing. One way it disturbs me is that apparently large parts of the Republican Party still see bigotry as a valid electoral strategy. An aside -- that could make de facto President Bush's decision to address the NAACP convention tomorrow interesting! But I imagine Bush will stick to the "approved for mixed company" version of the GOP talking points. In other words, he will lie lie lie about his de facto Administration's allegedly strong record on civil rights to a group of people who will understand damn well that he is lying his ass off, and Fox News will cover it as if Bush were the second coming of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, and Gandhi all rolled into one buff, sixty-year-old body. Back to God and the House.

And what does it say about religion in America when so many of the GOP House members say they voted to ban gay marriage based on instructions from God? Guess the "love thy neighbor" and tolerance parts of the Christian message aren't getting through very clearly.

One GOP moron (John Carter, not of Mars but of Texas) said it was part of "God's plan for the future of mankind." (Plenty of other House GOPsters said something similar, but none of them share their name with a classic science fiction character, so John Carter, White Man of Texas, gets the nod here.) First, I'd love to know how Carter got access to God's plan. Could he post it on his website so the rest of us humans can see what God's got in store? Second, if it's really "God's plan," would He need mere mortals to enact it through legislation for Him? Seems an omnipotent God could take action just a bit more directly if the mood struck Him.

I'm glad to see that with so many other pressing priorities, the Karl Rove worshipping House Republicans wasted everybody's time with this empty little nod to hatred, misunderstanding, bigotry, and intolerance. In other words, they reinforced their basic message.