Republican Campaign Strategy: Don't Vote Atheist!
Texas politics looks to be pushing the religious-secular culture war to new lows:
The Austin-based Republican Party of Texas played the religion card in a Sept. 21 online newsletter. As alleged in the newsletter, Texarkana solo E. Ben Franks, Democratic nominee for a seat on the 6th Court of Appeals, "is reported to be a professed atheist" and apparently believes the Bible is a "collection of myths.'"
I think the worst part about all of this is that when a political group declares their opponent to be an atheist, it is assumed, and accepted by the public, that this (revelation or allegation) is a bad thing!
Someone should tell the people of the nation... err... I mean, state of Texas that its time to put down the pitchforks and torches, and that the witch-hunting days are over.
Jeff Fisher, the state Republican Party's executive director, says there are other sources of the allegation. Fisher says "some people who know Franks" -- people whom Fisher did not identify -- have told him that Franks professes to be an atheist.
Fisher says the GOP sent the newsletter to people who subscribe to the party's e-mail publications to inform them about Franks. "We have a candidate running for the 6th Court who clearly shows he's out of touch with the people," he says.
Maybe so, but "the people" are demonstrably out of touch with reality! I, for one, would rather be out of touch with popular beliefs than be out of touch with reality.
I can't tell which is hurting humanity more: religion, or government! Anyone got an opinion about this?