Tuesday, February 14, 2006

From the Theocracy Files...

Now, I expect this type of garbage from Republicans, but Democrats too? I know one has to remain electable, but could one courageous Democrat vote "no" and then be able to make an articulate argument to support that vote.

Patrick Bauer, you're a hack and I hope to god (in an ecumenical sense) that the party delegation replaces you.

The House's only Jewish member David Orentlicher stayed away in protest. I understand his reason for doing so, but I wonder if he would have been more effective if he had shown up and voted "no".

House takes stand for unrestricted prayer, 83-0

Resolution, which lacks force of law, sends a message to judge who banned invoking of 'Jesus'

The Indiana House sent a message Monday to the federal court judge who banned the word "Jesus" from official prayer by voting 83-0 to oppose the decision.

"It's time to bring our prayer from the back of the room to the front of the room," said House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend


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12 Comments:

Blogger torporific said...

No kidding. It should be "pandering to the right wing theocrats because we're shitting our pants because it is an election year".

Okay, so you see why I didn't go into journalism.

February 14, 2006  
Blogger Doug said...

I really hate that Star headline. Like hell they're "taking a stand."

February 14, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Weird. How did my comment make it in before yours.

February 14, 2006  
Blogger Doug said...

I'm sure it has to do with time zones. :-)

February 14, 2006  
Blogger Jason266 said...

I think this just illustrates how afraid Democrats have become. Why aren't they calling the GOP out on crap like this? The right has given plenty of fuel for a fire, but the left apparently doesn't have a match. And then you have the Indy Star pumping up the stance that the legislature is taking. B.S.

February 14, 2006  
Blogger lemming said...

This is the best use these politicians could make of their time and ours?

Somehow I really don't think so...

February 14, 2006  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

jason, because when they take a stand, they lose. It is extremely hard to call bullshit on religiously divisive and incendiary issues. I still maintain it's the sole reason that the D's lost the House in the last election, particularly the reason that so many D's lost in the southern (Catholic), traditionally Democratic counties - they protested the use of the legislature's time arguing a stupid, useless measure which wasn't properly before the legislature to freakin' begin with, the amendment to ban gay marriage which was already banned by law. The R's then said they were pro-gay. That got them defeated. It's A+B=C electoral politics. You introduce God into an issue, and because the Republicans OWN God, the Democrats are therefore anti-God because they are the opposition party. People fall for it every. single time. I can't decide if it's poor attention span or if voters are willfully obtuse when this kind of thing comes up year after year. But they always fall for it because if your choice is between someone who doesn't love Jesus and someone who does, I mean, what choice is there if you're a God-fearing Hoosier? I can already write the mailer the GOP has in mind for David Ortenlicher this year. And although the paper makes a big deal of him being the only one who stayed away in protest, the number of votes alone is a pretty good indication that yeah, not everyone voted.

February 14, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Yeah, they pounded the gay marriage issue last election, but at some point one has to say enough is enough. I think you just have to be honest and address the issue. You cannot out-god the republicans.

February 15, 2006  
Blogger Jason266 said...

I agree with torpo...you have to call people out on the BS. But not only are they not calling out the GOP for the godstuff, but all the other crap they pull, both in the statehouse and in DC. If these legislators really want to save their jobs by not taking a stance, then change parties, stop pretending to be Republicans and actually become one, and stop wasting my votes. Or be a frickin' Democrat, for the love of Jesus, Buddha, and the Wizard of Oz! I want to vote for candidates that are worth a damn!

February 15, 2006  
Blogger cinnamon said...

"j -e -s -u -s is the name I love the best. stand up on the word of god, j-e-s-u-s!" I sang it in church NOT school. And I grew up in the midst of bible thumpin' country ass farmers during the Regan Admin! So how the hell come it's an issue now? I think someone is brainwashering here.

February 15, 2006  
Blogger Oz said...

It's sad that not a single person had the balls to stand up to this political BS. Because it's not even about religion anymore, it's about pandering to conservative voters and fear of the moderate voters swaying to the right like a lot of them did on the gay marriage issue.

Of course, it pisses me off regardless that people want to use the government as a pulpit.

February 16, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

You succinctly summed up my rage, Oz. Thanks for stopping by.

February 16, 2006  

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