Bil Browning

Two interesting links

Filed By Bil Browning | August 29, 2005 10:26 PM | comments

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As I was wandering around the web tonight, I found a couple of interesting articles to share...

The first is an editorial from the Washington Post about Pat Robertson's recent fatwah.

It's a pity Venezuelans don't know that "The 700 Club" broadcaster is a fading shadow of the Republican Party figure he once was. That Mr. Robertson once ran for his party's nomination, built a conservative religious advocacy group that had aspiring office-seekers quaking in their boots and -- entrepreneur that he is -- befriended every sub-Saharan kleptomaniac he managed to meet.

But Mr. Robertson's slide from the mountain peak of evangelical pontification was not because of his politics but because of his mouth. When his words were not ill-advised, they were moronic; when not callow, downright loopy, as in: predicting God would curse Orlando with a hurricane if gay-pride events were celebrated at Disney World; wishing a nuclear bomb would be dropped on the State Department; and suggesting that America had it coming on Sept. 11 because God had been insulted "at the highest level of our government." Venezuelans just may not know the Pat Robertson that America knows. Yesterday, Mr. Robertson apologized. We are used to that, too.

The second is a hilarious article from the French newswire. It's about an Austrian village named Fucking.
Guesthouse boss Augustina Lindlbauer described the village's breathtaking lakes, forests and vistas.

"Yet still there is this obsession with F---ing," she said.

"Just this morning I had to tell an English lady who stopped by that there were no F---ing postcards."

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DATE: 8/30/2005 08:02:27 AM

Pat Robertson—the man—may be a fading shadow within the GOP; however, Christian Reconstruction ideology is anything but a departing force. Remember that nice little get together they held this month… “Justice Sunday II-God Save the United States and this Honorable Court." IMHO,it's still a package deal.

AUTHOR: bilerico

DATE: 8/30/2005 08:23:13 AM

Oh, I agree that Christian Reconstruction is still a very viable force in today's GOP politics, Kay. No doubt about it! But it's time that Robertson was put out to pasture... That horse don't race anymore! And what's worse is that by shooting off his mouth, he could get us into some serious international brouhahas...If you go read the editorial, the main point of it is to (correctly) identify that Robertson no longer speaks with any authority from within the GOP. However, ShrubCo and our friends at the radical right organizations just couldn't seem to find the time to repudiate what the monster had said.We hear all the time about how other Muslims should be speaking out against the clerics who call for fatwahs and the death of the infidels. However, when this old warhorse calls for the assination of a foreign head of state, our government remains silent. How is this different?


DATE: 8/30/2005 02:25:28 PM

I think we might be agreeing on this, Bil. That is if we agree that while Robertson himself may not speak with any "authority from within the GOP," that the Christian Reconstruction ideology they are all operating from (Bush Admistration,Family Research Council, Traditional Values Coalition, State Department...)certainly do. Thus their deafening/heedless silence??