A short, very short, visit to the hatefest known as the Value Voters Summit which just concluded in DeeCee is in order, since it is no small part of the process of shaking out who will eventually become the GOP nominee for President.
As I’ve said before, what this GOP primary is about is revealing the degree to which the religious right, especially the theocratic wing, has succeeded in colonizing the GOP party apparatus. Remember this from Dominionism – Growth?
“We want…as soon as possible to see a majority of the Republican Party in the hands of pro-family Christians…” – Pat Robertson in 1992
That project has progressed enough that the VVS, a relatively small (in terms of attendance) annual gathering sponsored by just about every right-wing Christian organization that can figure out how to use the words “family”, “heritage” and “freedom” in their titles, has become a compulsory stop on the campaign trail for anyone seriously seeking the GOP nomination.
The truth is that the whole show is beyond satire, and utterly indefensible in the (we can always hope) serious process of deciding who shall be the commander-in-chief of the largest military in the history of human affairs, but we are where we are.
Some clown called Jeffress introduced Perry with profuse approval of his (Perry’s) particular brand of Christianity. Jeffress of course is well known for referring to Mormonism (look out Mitt, incoming!!) as a cult and the Roman Catholic Church as “that Babylonian Mystery Religion” which constitutes evidence of “the genius of Satan”
The ever-vigilant Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, with whom we here are familiar, immediately followed Romney onstage and gave a rousing speech wherein he issued dire warnings about the dangers of electing a President errant enough to believe in the Theory of Evolution and who thus “believes that we evolved from slime and that we are the descendents of apes and baboons”, thereby showing that he knows bugger-all about that Theory or much of anything else.
Fischer also is a “Mormonism is a Cult” devotee and has gone so far as to suggest that Mormons are not really even protected under the Constitution. Neither are Muslims. Oh and homosexuals of course, that goes without saying.
That’s about as much as I have the stomach for on a Monday morning, but you can find a pretty thorough account of all the doings here if you’re up to it.
By the way, Ron Paul won the VVS straw poll, with Cain coming in second. Romney was in 6th place with 4% of the vote. Not too terrible for a demonically-inspired cult member I’d say, given the venue.