Did you know that some people have social lives?
I've been mulling over and over and over again whether or not to go here. But it's really bothering me a lot, and I need a bit of a sanity check. The other day, Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer posted something about whether or not you would vote for someone that had experienced an extra-marital affair. To me, what a person does in their private lives has little to do with how they're going to perform as President of the United States. I mean, pretty much all of our Presidents have had extra-marital affairs and it didn't much matter at all until the Conservative Christians went all ballistic on Clinton.
But most of the readers/commenters at RIMD totally disagreed with me. Almost all of them are very conservative Christians, and they have answered for me the question of how the hell this country got into this mess with the Shrub. Man, if it isn't clear to you that something is seriously wrong with the way the Christian right thinks politically, take a look at the comments. There are people that have stated that they WOULD NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE THAT ISN'T CHRISTIAN. I cannot believe that level of bigotry went unchallenged, but it did. Some of the comments are so, I can't even think of a word that correctly describes what I'm feeling... bizarre, ugly, ignorant, uneducated, stupid, bigoted, and rigid all come to mind. How did people that proclaim their Christianity loudly and clearly forget some of the original tenets of their religion? How can the be so ignorant? How can they be such bigots and think that it's just OK to spew hatred in the name of Christianity?
This comment in particular intrigued me. How do you even argue with someone that thinks like this? Or this one. Wouldn't ever vote against party lines regardless of how HER party has, in less than 9 years, almost destroyed this country. Oy vey iz mir! This one was particularly weird. Jews will NEVER be President. OK. This one made me physically ill. To make that kind of comparison is beyond sick. Living breathing men, women and children marched to their deaths is NOT the same as an abortion. And if this person can't see that, then what hope do we have for the voters of the country?
The thing is, I'm sure these are nice people that are so sheltered in their Christian right wing lives that they don't even get how scary their ideology is. I don't think anyone posting is mean or wants to be hurtful, far from it. I think they actually believe that this way of living is the right way for all of us. That they have the right to declare their mores on the entire world, but don't see the irony of that when they decry the Islamic 'enemy'. Here's another head scratcher. And here, here and here.
That should give you a taste of the discussion. I wish I could get it out of my mind, but it really has put a shadow over the entire weekend. I know better than to read this stuff, too. But this time I got intrigued and ended up commenting. Ugh. I should just put myself in time out. Stumble It! JBlog Me