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Kathleen Parker: More Right Than Wrong

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It probably could have been expected, but the reaction on the right side of the blogosphere to Kathleen Parker’s column about the GOP and religious conservatives, which I wrote about yesterday and which Dennis wrote about last night has been quite blistering.

Jonah Goldberg essentially accuses his former collegue of bigotry:

I don’t know what’s more grating, the quasi-bigotry that has you calling religious Christians low brows, gorillas and oogedy-boogedy types or the bravery-on-the-cheap as you salute — in that winsome way — your own courage for saying what (according to you) needs to be said. Please stop bragging about how courageous you are for weathering a storm of nasty email you invite on yourself by dancing to a liberal tune. You aren’t special for getting nasty email, from the right or the left. You aren’t a martyr smoking your last cigarette.

The Anchoress makes essentially the same accusation:

Oh, no! Poor Parker has to bathe in Holy Water, to ward off the evil thoughts being projected her way by the Christians. Later she talks about having her “last cigarette,” because obviously, the Religious Right – all of whom look and act exactly like Carrie White’s mother – are going to destroy her for speaking out against what she perceives as the unhealthy dominance of religious expression within the GOP.

Parker may have a point in arguing that the Religious Right is a bit louder than it (or any distinct interest) should be in a political party – and that their exuberance may be off-putting to secularists and those who practice a quieter sort of worship – but she discredits herself, and her argument, in the way she makes it, which is by calling such people gorillas and lowbrows

You can find similar arguments from others on the right commenting on Parker’s piece, but the one guy who gets it right is John Cole at Balloon Juice who reminds all of us of some of the greatest hits of the GOP God Squad:

  1. Justice (“Just Us”) Sunday
  2. Schiavo legislation
  3. Jesus is my philosopher.
  4. Michael J. Fox must be mocked for wanting stem cell research.
  5. The never-ending fake war on Christmas (Christmas keeps kicking ass, btw, and shows no sign of ending. Funny, that).
  6. Federal Marriage Amendment and the never ending gay-bashing as wedge issue.
  7. Evangelical support for torture.
  8. The ceaseless idiocy about displays of the Ten Commandments.
  9. Pharmacists for Life deciding that they get to choose whether or not you need your prescribed medicine.
  10. School prayer arguments.
  11. Demanding that intelligent design (aka creationism) be taught.
  12. Meddling in the FDA.
  13. Abstinence only as the only sex-ed.
  14. The take-over at the Justice Department from the God Squad.

To which I would add the insane amount of support that Roy Moore, a man who not only flagrantly violated the First Amendment but also violated the orders of a Federal District Court Judge while sitting as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, received from this particular wing of the Republican Party.

Cole goes on:

There is a not unsubstantial portion of the electorate who, while completely happy in a world where everyone can worship as they want, simply are sick and tired of the holier than thou pushing their views on us.

And, the more the GOP comes to be identified with the people that are doing it, the less electoral success its going to find outside the Bible Belt.

Kathleen Parker may have gone over the top in her rhetoric — she’s a columnist, they tend to do that sometimes — but the central point of her column couldn’t be more correct.

Modified from a post at Below The Beltway.