And the right-wing bigots keep coming to McCain's side...
The latest fundie to join the McCain bandwagon is Janet Folger, the former national director of the Center for Reclaiming America, the ultra right-wing religious group started by the late Rev. James Kennedy. She is currently head of Faith2Action, whose focus is "stopping the criminalization of Christianity by the homosexual agenda."
Let's take closer look at crazy-bigot Folger, shall we? Pander away, McCain!
Baaa Baaa, Janet, have you any morals?
Until just recently, Janet Folger was squarely against McCain. Folger made it perfectly clear that only "sheep" would support McCain, while the principled "shepherds" were intent on backing Huckabee. She prayed for bad weather to keep voter turnout down and launching a front-group to attack Mitt Romney and John McCain. She went on record saying:
Sheep follow the pundits, the polls, political expediency and promised perks. Shepherds follow principle.
But what has Folger done now that McCain has secured the nomination and Huckabee has dropped out? She has abandoned all her talk of sheep and shepherds and declared that the principled thing to do is to vote for John McCain.
She does this with a crazy analogy about a burning building full of kids, saying that "the vast majority of those kids are going to be carried out alive with his (McCain's) pro-life policies and judges." She goes on to say:
And Clinton or Obama will deadbolt the fire exits and rip out the sprinklers. They will then lock arms and prevent any of us from entering the building to rescue the children inside. They will also prevent notification of parents whose children are about to be burned alive.
Way to pull the wool over your own eyes, Folger.
"Anita Bryant was right"
Let's take a quick stroll down Janet "The Sheep" Folger memory lane, shall we?
Folger is the author of "The Criminalization of Christianity." In the book she says:
The biggest threat to our religious freedoms today, bar none, is the homosexual agenda! There is a war going on for the future of our country. Most people know that. What they may not know is that if Christians lose this war, the result won't merely be enduring public policy we disagree with--it will be a prison sentence for those who oppose it.
Folger uses this stance to oppose hate crimes legislation, support sodomy laws (I guess sending gays to prison is better than sending Christians there), and oppose gay adoption, among many other anti-gay stances.
The book is dedicated to Anita Bryant, with the inscription reading: "To all those with courage to speak the truth in the face of ridicule, blame, assault, censorship, and the threat of being criminalized: Including Anita Bryant ..."
Read more in her mind-numbing column "Anita Bryant was right."
Folger and Naugle: A match made in bigot heaven
Folger reached her hate-filled heaven this past summer when she teamed up with Mayor Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale.
Janet "The Sheep" Folger gave Naugle her "Protector of the Family" award for his attacks on the gay community and co-founded the Naugle support group called "Healthy Public Places" with a collection of extremely anti-gay religious-right groups including Americans for Truth, Concerned Women for America, and Coral Ridge Ministries. Great company to keep, huh?
But she has even better friends. In her column supporting Naugle, Folger uses "research" from a Dr. Fields saying:
The problem (of gay sex in public restrooms) is worse than they are willing to admit, and it's not just in Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. E. Fields, in his book 'Is Homosexual Activity Normal?, reveals '41 percent of homosexuals say they have had sex with strangers in public restrooms.'
Edward Fields is a chiropractor who has spent the last 55 years involved with various neo-Nazi organizations in the United States. Great sourcing, Janet. A Nazi chiropractor is definitely someone you want to get scientific information from.
Will McCain shepherd his flock?
So I wonder if McCain will come out and denounce Folger and her endorsement? He seems to have the sheep falling in line as he panders to the right-wing base. I guess his talk of America being a "Christian nation" has really gotten the fundies in line.
Pander on, McCain! Pander on...