Dictating Moral Convictions

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

Log Cabin Republican Andrew Sullivan speaks out about the mindset of the religious right:

"However, on religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being.

But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.

I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?

And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of ‘conservatism.’"

Except that wasn’t really Andrew Sullivan.  It was Andrew Sullivan quoting Barry Goldwater, the co-father-of-modern-conservatism (with Ronald Reagan).  Like Reagan, Goldwater believed that the role of government should be small and unobstrusive.  It should allow for people’s personal beliefs to flourish, rather than instructing people on what to think and hold sacred.

Barry Goldwater was an S.O.B., warmonger, and avowed liberal-hater.  So how dangerous has the right side of the political/religious spectrum become when it turns the stomach of Barry Goldwater?  Could he even BE a Republican today?