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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 21 Written : 07/01/94 03:34pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Running for President Running for President It is never to early to start for president and that is why G.O.P. presidential hopefuls are popping up all over the place. Among them is William Bennett, who was first our Secretary of Education and later Bush's drug czar, but now is a co-director of Empower America, a right wing thinktank. His hawking of _The Book of Virtues_, which has remained on the best-seller lists for months is one of his outreaches toward that end. Now on June 25, he has written an article for the _Washington Post_ which is happy to back a stalwart such as he. It was titled, "Credit the Christian Right." And, sure enough, the good Christian Right has already done and can do everything good for the nation. Pointing out, and rightly so, that the Democrats have been using invective, he notes that the Christian Right would never do that. And that is the quandary. Since both the Democrats and the Republicans are on the same side of the Bible there is hardly anything that they can really say one against the other. They both agree that humans have souls, that when they die there is a "life after death," that prayer is efficacious, and that everyone is a sinner and in need of redemption through Jesus Christ. When the Democrats, leaning heavily on biblical morality, try to thump the G.O.P., it simply doesn't come off. In this "moderate and well reasoned" article, Bennett hopes to come off as a voice of reconciliation - as long as the ballots are marked for him. But he ends it all with some bitterness: The irony is that the critics of the "Christian right" are often guilty of the things they profess to be offended by (Ed - yes, he ended the sentence with a preposition!): intolerance, mean-spiritedness, divisiveness, and even bigotry. THEIST_WATCH Msg : 34 Written : 07/08/94 06:51pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Bennett for president Once again William Bennett is being mentioned as a Republican candidate for president. Here are a few quick bits on the man: -- His "Book of Virtues" has sold one million copies in just over six months -- He was Reagan's education secretary from 1985-88 -- He served as Bush's "drug czar" from 1989-90 -- He is a Catholic -- Bennett finished first in a straw poll at the Texas Republican convention in June THEIST_WATCH Msg : 44 Written : 07/23/94 08:13pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Interfaith Politics The Blind Leading the Blind Frightened by the specter of the religious right, a group of "mainstream" religious leaders have formed a group to "fight the right" and have named it "The Interfaith Alliance." This is, at best, amusing. Almost every social issue in the United States today springs from irrational religious ideas. Those persons who interpret the Bible as it was written and intended to be are advocates to give marching orders back to Medievalism. Those persons who want to interpret the Bible so as to give it and the tenets it teaches some shadow or rational thought want to interpret it order to protect the advances which have been made in spite of religion. What's that old saw? They want to have their cake and eat it. Well, The Interfaith Alliance is now the new group to undertake the impossible as they attack the "intolerant" ideas of the religious right while maintaining their members' attachment to the Bible. It can't be done despite their caterwauling that the "American principles of tolerance and liberty" are now being threatened. The mainstream religions of the United States never recognized principles of tolerance and liberty when they were in power - and do not do so today. Ask any Atheist. The new group composed of Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Jews are determined "to speak out against the Religious Right" which is also composed of Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Jews. And what will this heroic group do? Will they challenge the absurdities of Judeo/Christianity? No, they are going to register voters and provide political education. This will be a neat trick since the overweening characteristic of any average American is his political illiteracy. Yet, a spokesman of the new group characterized the agenda of the Christian Coalition as "dangerous." Well, sticks and stones will break their bones but names will never hurt them. What is "dangerous" to one group of religious nuts is simply God's words for another. Another spokesman for the new group charges that the Christian Coalition has "a clear agenda" calling for the take-over of the Republican Party. Well, pardon us, but does not the Republican Party have a commitment to defend itself if it does not *want* a "take over." This reminds American Atheists of the fiasco of President Clinton threatening to take away "favored nation" status of China in its trade with the United States if it was not more hospitable to human rights activists. China merely told the U.S. to mind its own business and went on its merry way. The Republican Party can well do the same kind of thumb-nosing and the new Interfaith Alliance will not be able to do a damn thing about it. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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