RINO Author Attacks the Religious Right

AUTHOR SAYS RELIGIOUS RIGHT WOULD DRAG AMERICA BACK TO THE TIME OF ”THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS”

Mike Lofgren used to be a Republican. Then he “retired” last year – so he claims – from a staff job on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee doing grunt work for GOP lawmakers.

Nowadays, Lofgren gets paid to bash the party of Lincoln (and Reagan), which has been taken over by the “religious right,” he laments, in his just-published, oh-so-cleverly-titled book, “The Party is Over.”

“Religious cranks ceased to be a minor political nuisance in this country in the 1970s,” writes Lofgren, “and grew into a major element of the Republican rank and file.” Today, he reckons, these “religious fundamentalists” make up the GOP’s “largest single voting bloc.”

It’s because of “the rise of religious right,” claims Lofgren, and “its insertion into the public sphere by the Republican party” that “(a)ll around us now is a prevailing anti-intellectualism and hostility to science.”

The author’s supposed proof: That “the American people poll more like Iranians or Nigerians than Europeans or Canadians on questions of evolution, scriptural inerrancy, the presence of angels and demons, and so forth.”

So, in Lofgren’s mind, only the 15 percent of Americans who, according to polls, believe that man transmogrified from monkey are receptive to science.

And only the 17 percent who, according to polls, dismiss the Bible as a book of fables and legends, and the 14 percent who refuse to accept that there is spiritual warfare going on between angels and demons are intellectual.

Lofgren’s views are those of the secularist left – with which the supposed Republican clearly identifies – which is culpable for much of the social decay this nation has suffered over the past half-century.

That includes the devaluation of marriage, the breakdown in families, the slaughter of the unborn, the decline in educational achievement, the increase in violent crime and the coarsening of our popular culture.

The rise of the religious right that began in the 1970s, that Lofgren decries, actually is an equal and opposite reaction by God-fearing Americans to the misguided public policy to which the secular left has condemned this country over the past half-century.

From the presidential reign of Lyndon Johnson to Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton to, now, Barack Obama.

Author Lofgren warns that the religious right aims to create an American theocracy. Its leaders “would drag us back,” he fears, “to the Salem witch trials.”

But that’s not the America the religious right envisions.

It’s a nation that honors God, defends traditional marriage, promotes family values and holds sacred the sanctity of life.

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Comments

  1. I have doubts that you have even read this book. Everything you just said proves what was said – that the right uses the religious base through culture wars – which are nonexistent. If you had read the book I think you would have taken more offense to the psychological studies he mentions that have shown the far right to be far more authoritarian than the average American and even less in liberal Americans – authoritarian tendencies mainly being driven by a fear of the world combined with a sense of self righteousness. As a Christian who had done missionary work around the world the evangelical right in America exemplifies the worst caricatures of Christianity in its self righteousness – and just as this movement has hurt the name of Jesus it is also destroying America.

  2. What Lofgren bemoans, Goldwater predicted: “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

    And yeah, evolution is about the most thoroughly tested theory in science. I wouldn’t be surprised if relativity gets replaced by some better physics in the next fifty years. Maybe even quantum mechanics. But in three hundred years, biologists still will be working with evolution. Whether 15% or 50% of Americans understand that, doesn’t change the facts.

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