September 14, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan to Headline Christian Extremist Gathering

2012 Values Voter SummitIn poll after poll, U.S. voters have indicated that they are tired of all the god-talk by those running for office. And who can blame them? George W. Bush claimed that his actions were directed by his god, and both Bachmann and Perry insisted that running for the presidency was part of their god's plan.

The message of these polls seems to be lost on the politicians, however. Republicans and Democrats continue to out-god each other, putting on a show of exaggerated piety that seems certain to alienate the more reasonable of their likely supporters. And this weekend, it is time for the annual gathering of Christian extremists in Washington DC, known as the "Values Voter Summit."

According to Americans United for Separation of Church and State:
This weekend, Religious Right activists from across the country are gathering in Washington, D.C., to attend the annual “Values Voter Summit” sponsored by the Family Research Council (FRC) and allied groups. The confab is an effort to put the focus on social issues during a time when most voters say the economy is their number one concern.
Ah yes, the "values voters" are at it again. When their god and their divisive "culture war" issues aren't receiving enough attention, it is time for a rally.
The misplaced focus on religion, Americans United maintains, is a distraction from the issues most Americans care about and a threat to church-state separation.
I'll say its a threat to church-state separation. Not only do several prominent Republican politicians speak at these events, but the Christian extremist groups behind this event have made it clear that they seek a Christian theocracy in the U.S.

This has to be the sort of event that has anyone outside the U.S. looking at us with amazement. The primary sponsors of the event have been identified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. One would think that would be more than enough of a deterrent to keep Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan from speaking at the event. Nope.