Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I'm Not Officially Here
Really, I'm not. It's a snow day. So this can't be a blog post you are reading. No way.

Religious groups, including the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA, and the United Church of Christ protested at the U.S. Capitol today, asking Congress to restore budget cuts that will cause direct harm to the poor. The Washington Post asked Focus on the Family why it thought no religious-right groups were participating. Spokesman Paul Hetrick tees it up:
"It's not a question of the poor not being important or that meeting their needs is not important, but whether or not a baby is killed in the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy, that is less important than help for the poor? We would respectfully disagree with that."
And Wonkette hits it out of the park: "In other words, poor people, if you're cold and hungry this Christmas, the right would love to help you. You'll just need to find a womb to crawl into first."

These twisted idiots weep for the babies, the poor, innocent babies, but all they can muster for needy people--some of whom, no doubt, toe the religious right's political line to the letter--is "we'll get back to you." Sick. And at Christmastime, doubly so.

What would Jesus do? Well, first of all, he wouldn't be an asshole.

Recommended Reading: A former Fox News producer explains that yes, the network's use of religion, often as a "gotcha" tactic on unsuspecting guests or a framing device for reporting, is deliberate. Which is why the War on Christmas is back for another boffo year--and will be back every year until the end of A) time or B) Fox News.

But you didn't hear it from me.

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