Well, just can’t let this one slide. Tried. Failed. Russell The great and awesome front page poster ModernEsquire points out over at BSB (sorry ME!) that “Theocracy is not an article of faith” and I agree. I then come across Naugle’s lame ass attempt to both spin and hold on to this incredibly stupid comment by Blackwell.

So they are going to hold onto this? Good. We get to now show the people of Ohio how little regard these people have for the faith of others. Matt first defends the big government theme, which is dismantled over at the Openers post, when Sandy Theis says:

What Strickland did not point out is that since Blackwell’s party seized control of state government nearly 16 years ago, state spending has extended into the heavens.

Whoops. Another Orwellian argument. These guys are good, right?

Matt then makes a few ridiculous claims in order to strike the religious fear he so needs in the hearts of conservatives.

First is the IRS complaint – filed by clergy and to my knowledge not involving any Dem officials (but Matt might be more connected in Dem circles):

Democrat leaders, for example, have teamed up with liberal clergy to file IRS complaints against socially conservative pastors who happen to be pro-life and supportive of traditional families.

It’s really very simple, Matt. Use your church for partisan political activity, lose your tax exempt status. Church AND state, remember? Not church IN state. You guys have the hardest times with the most basic of concepts.

Matt then runs a laundry list of things that Ted has voted against that shows he doesn’t “honor America’s religious heritage”. Let’s take them one by one.

Strickland voted against a measure that permitted the public display of the Ten Commandments in government buildings.

OK, so you are NOT for a theocracy? The place for these commandments is in a church where the members ALL believe/agree/support such things. I won’t even go into the fact that those who tout such things tend not to be the ones living up to them in the first place, but it’s true.

Strickland voted against protecting the Pledge of Allegiance from attacks from liberal judges.

I might remind Matt that the first “attack on the Pledge of Allegiance” came in the form of injecting God into it. So maybe Matt will join me in supporting a reversal of the 1954 attack on the Pledge by removing the words “under God” from it. Read up, Mattie boy.

Strickland voted against a constitutional amendment to guarantee every citizen?s right to pray and express their religious beliefs on public property, including schools.

uh…we don’t need one. Kids are free now to gather before and after school to pray. You can pray silently any time during school that you like. I used to. “Please, God, let C be the right answer…PLEASE!”.

Strickland voted against allowing faith-based organizations (to) compete for federal housing program grants.

Why can’t these groups simply compete in the free market of charitable giving? The problem in this is that it then becomes a tool to promote a given religion, much like Habitat for Humanity handing out a bible along with the mortgage papers. Federal housing grants use money that comes from people of all faiths and they should be faith neutral. If Christians want to do good and espouse their religion, let that be money from their pew baskets, not mine.

Strickland even voted against allowing government-funded religious organizations to use religion as a factor in hiring.

Just read that sentence to yourself about 3 or 4 times and I really don’t need to say anything else…

So yes, we support the man who has a sensible take on religion, while you support the man who wants to alient millions of Ohioans with his divisive rhetoric. I’ll take it.

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  • I had a piece in the PD a couple of years ago about how Congress wanted to exclude Head Start from anti-discrimination laws. And that exclusion passed, meaning that religious organizations can now use our federal taxpayer dollars, collected from everyone of every faith or non-faith, to practice discriminatory hiring. And if people want to argue, Why would a Jew want to work in a Christian Head Start, then people are dumber than I give them credit for, seeing as how I’m a Jew who worked in a United Methodist Church mission twice and attended a Catholic university. Silly me – wanting to mix it all up so I could LEARN and not be homogenous.

  • Pho

    Excellent job breaking this down, Eric.

  • D…not Russell, get your attributions right! 🙂

  • Eric

    Oops, sorry bro! Keep forgetting BSB is off the hook!

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