betmo this is sick! The catalogue goes back to Bailey Smith, the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Speaking at a 1980 religious convention that was also addressed by Ronald Reagan, Smith declared that “God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew.” Reagan later asserted that he thought Jewish prayers were answered, but was less than definitive: “Everyone can make his own interpretation of the Bible,” the Gipper said, “and many individuals have been making differing interpretations for a long time.” Two days after the 9/11 attacks, Jerry Falwell, appearing on Pat Robertson’s “700 Club,” declared: “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way—all of them who have tried to secularize America—I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’” Robertson replied: “Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we’re responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And the top people, of course, is the court system.” What is truly horrible is that this double standard seems to run through every catagoty. Like I always say Bush can do what he wante but no one else can do it, it applies to the entire right. It is all screwed up and I will never understand it! Anyway we are the new right and the old right is wrong but they seem to thrive on it!
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