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As we noted previously, the fine people who brought us the original "Justice Sunday" back in April have followed up that smash success with an encore performance held this past weekend. From the looks of this piece in the Washington Post, everyone brought their A-game to this Torquemada Memorial Tournament:
James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, told the 2,200 mostly white people in Two Rivers Baptist Church: "It doesn't matter what we think. The court rules." The Supreme Court, he said in a video broadcast, has created "an oligarchy. It's the government by the few."
Rejected Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork warned that the high court has defined homosexuality as "a constitutional right . . . and once homosexuality is defined as a constitutional right, there is nothing the states can do about it, nothing the people can do about it."
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) said "activist courts" are imposing "state-sanctioned same-sex marriage" and "partial-birth abortion" and are "ridding the public square of any mention of our nation's religious heritage" in what amounts to "judicial supremacy, judicial autocracy."
Miller criticized the court because it "removed prayer from our public schools . . . legalized the barbaric killing of unborn babies, and it is ready to discard like an outdated hula hoop the universal institution of marriage between a man and a woman."
Speakers compared the civil rights movement of the 1960s to demands now by Christian groups for restoration of traditional morality. "It's time we move to the front of the bus and that we take command of the wheel," said William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League.
Apparently, this was some sort of crazy, conservative Christian version of You Got Served. First Dobson comes out and complains that the courts have the nerve to operate on constitutional authority and not on public opinion. Nice start. A little crazy, but not frothing. Then Bork comes over and gets all up in his grill with the real issue at hand. "Gay cooties, gay cooties everywhere!" Then Tom DeLay rocks back in with a combination move. It's about the gay cooties and the arrogant government. (Yes, Tom DeLay, of all people, complained about a power-mad government.) Next up, the Emperor Zell Miller comes in and, once again, throws everyone for a loop with his equation of the sacrament of marriage and the hula hoop. And then for a finale, William Donohue compares himself to Rosa Parks and other people who faced actual oppression, and then, at the end, he gets up and nails himself right to the cross. Just amazing.
I don't know what's worse about all this -- the fact that for these "Christians," the religion is somehow all about hating the gays, or the fact that they constantly complain about how persecuted they are when, in reality, they control the freaking country. Sorry, but when you're the House Majority Leader, you don't get to "speak truth to power." You are the power and, in DeLay's case, you have a deathly allergy to anything resembling the truth.