May 3, 2005

Fanning the flames of the Culture War

More rhetoric antagonizing, and perhaps endangering, U.S. federal judges, this time from Pat Robertson (via Kos):

"Over 100 years, I think the gradual erosion of the consensus that's held our country together is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings," Robertson said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

"I think we have controlled Al Qaeda," the 700 Club host said, but warned of "erosion at home" and said judges were creating a "tyranny of oligarchy."

Confronted by Stephanopoulos on his claims that an out-of-control liberal judiciary is the worst threat America has faced in 400 years - worse than Nazi Germany, Japan and the Civil War - Robertson didn't back down.

"Yes, I really believe that," he said. "I think they are destroying the fabric that holds our nation together."

Well I guess if some are entitled to compare Bush to Hitler, others are entitled to compare "activist" judges to Nazis and Al Qaeda. The difference might be that some guy drawing up plans to bomb an abortion clinic could change plans and take out a courtroom.

EDIT: Some wonderful research at Kos:
Reverend Flip-Flop...

But C&J caught Robertson with his pants on fire over a comment that didn't get much attention at all.  When asked why God allows bad things to happen to huge numbers of people---specifically, the tsunami that hit Asia in December---Robertson batted it aside, saying, "The reason for that tsunami was the shifting of tectonic plates in the Indian Ocean. I don't think [God] changes the magma in volcanoes and I don't think he changes the wind currents to bring about hurricanes. So, I don't attribute that to God..."

Which got us to thinking about this little comment he made about God's wrath on June 6, 1998:  "I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those [rainbow] flags in God's face if I were you... But a condition like [Gay Day at Disney World] will bring about the destruction of your nation.  It'll bring about...earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor."

But never a tsunami.  That would be silly.

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