To say that I am undecided in this election would be quite an understatement. I despise Barbour and all he stands for (e.g., maintaining the highest grocery tax in America while running the poorest state in the country, cronyism, corruption, support for the criminal who currently occupies the White House, etc.). But do I despise him enough to support a theocrat?
Is it fair to call Eaves a theocrat? I believe so, for his entire campaign appears to be about infusing his Christian faith in everything he does or says. Here are some examples:
- Eaves' campaign ads, aired throughout the state, tout his plan to push school prayer. Other ads feature him holding a Christian bible and talking about Jee-zuhs.
- The centerpiece of Eaves campaign is his plan for instituting school prayer throughout the state. He intends for schools to devote 10 minutes of each morning to "voluntary prayer and discussion of ethics and morality."
- His written platform is filled with Christian code phrases, designed to convince Christian extremists that he's one of them. For instance, he refers to "money changers," "prayer," the "calling" of government, the "God-given potential" of citizens, etc.
- Like Barbour, Eaves is convinced that women should not be free to make informed reproductive decisions.
In fact, the crazy twist here is that Barbour's campaign actually sounds reasonable:
Every day in every public school in Mississippi, children have the right to participate in voluntary student led prayer. John Arthur Eaves wants mandated state directed prayer which will jeopardize the freedoms students already have. John Arthur Eaves admitted at today's press conference that, 'Yes children can pray but they had to organize it themselves,' and that 'we're claiming the same thing that's already been done' and that the Courts 'already allow' voluntary student led prayer. John Arthur Eaves will say or do or use anything to try to get a vote, that includes jeopardizing the free exercise of prayer that students already possess today.I never thought I'd say this, but I think I'm going to have to vote for Barbour. I'm used to having to vote for the lesser of two evils; I'm just not used to them both being so evil!
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