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May 2008
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Talk Radio Again

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]britzkrieg)

Neal Boortz is a right-wing talk-radio host based here in Atlanta. He is an unmitigated asshole; after all, that's the persona he's going for. He spews vitriol and sometimes tells outright lies because, as he freely admits, that attracts listeners he can "play commercials for." He bashes Democrats at every turn. Same old, same old, mostly.

Nevertheless, I found this in his show notes for April 25:

...the Republicans had a bit of a setback in this particular battle yesterday. I'm referring to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's little satellite broadcast to churches across the nation. The telecast was billed as an event to denounce Democrats as "against people of faith." This "against people of faith" line is a nicer way of saying "anti-Christian."

That's the way things are in today's America. If you ever make any comment or suggest in any way that you don't think that it's a good idea for religious groups to attempt to use the law to promote their religious ideals you are "anti-Christian" and a "Christian basher."

Why do I call Frist's satellite broadcast a setback? Because that little stunt did nothing but reinforce the idea that Republicans are more than willing to serve the goals of fundamentalist Christian conservatives, that goal being to have their religious beliefs codified and made a part of our law. Americans saw that done in the Terri Schiavo matter, and made it very clear that they were less than pleased. Many Americans will view Frist's address to churches over the weekend as a sure signal that his fight against the filibuster is really nothing more than a fight to give conservative Christians control over the nation's judiciary.

A "Vent" in this morning's Atlanta Journal-Constitution expressed that very fear:

"Girls, get your burqas ready. If conservatives succeed in controlling the judiciary, then we really will be on our way to becoming a Taliban Christian nation."

Yes, it's taken out of context, but there you have it. Maybe Boortz can become a force for Good as well as Mammon.

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