March 03, 2007

A, B, C and D, or else!

There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following thier position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me...that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are?

Senator Barry Goldwater, The Congressional Record, 16 September 1981


At March 05, 2007 4:03 PM , Blogger beedubs said...

If you haven't seen it yet you should check out the HBO documentary on Goldwater that came out last year ("Mr. Conservative"). Really interesting; there's really nobody like him in politics today. Of course now that he's gone people say nicer things about him.

At March 11, 2007 9:00 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Apparently Bob Dylan was also a fan of Goldwater-- on a gut level, he couldn't explain why.

Here's some material I got from Wikipedia and didn't put into the Goldwater post:

In your heart you know he's right. Some of Goldwater's statements in the 1990s aggravated many social conservatives. He endorsed Democrat Karan English in an Arizona congressional race, urged Republicans to lay off Clinton over the Whitewater scandal, and criticized the military's ban on homosexuals: “Everyone knows that gays have served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar.” He also said, “You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.” In 1996 he told Bob Dole, whose own presidential campaign received lukewarm support from conservative Republicans: “We're the new liberals of the Republican Party. Can you imagine that?” In response to Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell's opposition to the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court, of which Falwell had said, “Every good Christian should be concerned,” Goldwater retorted: “I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.”


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