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Bush shortlist pick for VP blasts GOP on gay rights and Terri Schiavo

“Some people have asked me whether America is a Christian country. The answer must be no, for to call this a Christian country is to say that non-Christians are of some lesser order, not full fledged citizens of one nation.”

“I think that the only purpose served by the campaign for the amendment is the humiliation of gay Americans, advocated by the Christian right and eagerly supported by its suitors in the Republican Party. In reality, it is gay bashing.”
— Former Missouri senator and Episcopalian minister John Danforth, calling out the bigotry and hypocrisy of the Religious Right in his book, Faith and Politics.

John Byrne at Raw Story has a fantastic piece up on Danforth, who was shortlisted just behind Darth Cheney as the Chimp’s pick for Vice President. To have someone of this stature in the GOP come out and blast the admin and the bible beaters on gay rights, and pious hypocrite Bill Frist on the Schiavo case is a breath of fresh air.

Congressional Republicans face specific criticism. An attack on Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) derides the Republican Senate leader for attempting to diagnose Schiavo without seeing the patient.

One views with a degree of pathos the role of William Frist, MD, graduate of Harvard Medical School and potential presidential candidate, who diagnosed a medical condition without examining the patient.

Bahahahahahahaha. Danforth said many of these remarks earlier this year in April when he spoke to the Log Cabin Republicans. That set off a series of implosions in Freeperland. They were in rare form at that time. Here’s a little blast from the past.

Actual Freeper Quotes™

Danforth was always wishy-washy on some things but he’s become a full-fledged liberal, it seems.

Do the majority of Episcopals even believe in the Bible anymore!? Anyways, Danforth is a RINO, he was a RINO in the senate, and he hasn’t worked a day in his life, he is spoiled, he comes from a rich family, and was rarely a practicing pastor, he was in elected office almost all of his life. I resent everyone like him.

Ah yes. Christians who support traditional marriage are hurting the GOP, but butt-packers disguised as Republicans aren’t.

Opposition to “homosexual marriage” wins over more Democrats and Independents to the Republican cause that any other issue. If we lose a few enemies from within as a result, that’s a good thing.

I have to agree here, this is a state issue and should not be molested by the federal government like abortion was.

Hello…rouge judges have legislated from the bench and miraculously discovered a clause that gays and lesbians can be married. That is why a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages is being discussed in the first place.

Oh sure! It’s political suicide for the GOP to back a proposal that has won every time it’s been placed on a referendum ballot, always by at least a comfortable margin and usually by a huge margin. GOP support for traditional marriage must be the cause of the current low polling numbers for President Bush and the Republican congress. It surely has nothing to do with their embrace of amnesty for illegal aliens, an idea Danforth would not doubt endorse.

Danforth will get to be among the first in line explaining himself according to IIPeter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God???

Danforth doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Anyone who gives a speech to the LCR is not a conservative.

If he is a real priest the Pope is Protestant. He is a politician first and foremost. You can tell by the B/S he spews.

They’re not Republicans, they’re a bunch of liberal infiltrators trying to water down the GOP, just like the Soros-funded Main Street Republicans and Republicans for Choice are doing.

John Danforth is practicing heresy when he says that. He must be pandering to the homosexuals because he has got to know better. Why would he want to mock marriage? Or does he not know what is going on here in this attempt to dissolve traditional marriage? He is playing into the Marxist playbook and our country slips into socialism.

It wasn’t easy building that log cabin. They forced the logs into the wrong openings.

Danforth also supports embryonic stem cell research. His is an odd theology.

I take it that those who eat pork will be included in God’s wrath as will those who wear cloth made of multiple thread. Maybe a constitutional amendment is in order to combat those sins also.

What was the consequence for eating pork when the Heavenly Father said He did not make it fit to be consumed? Mocking the Heavenly Father is Written to be a far greater sin than wearing mixed threads.

I don’t know what rock he just crawled out from under but the whole reason this amendment is necessary is for the judges, not the people. In fact the amendment does precisely what Danforth says he favors: It returns the issue to state legislatures. If we are going to allow some states to redefine marriage and other states to not redefine it (an impossiblilty I think), then we are going to have to call these things by different names. That’s why marriage is the word for the definition held throughout history, and “civil union” is the term for the new progressive definition. If states want that, then let their legislators who must be reelected by the people vote for it. Ultimately, the way our Constitution reads, there is no real way to allow one state to have it without forcing another state to recognize it. The DOMA supposedly protects other states. But it does nothing to protect us from the judges, who will overturn DOMA first chance they get.

Wonder if he thinks laws against having sex with animals are silly.

Is that really the reason or is it that some feel threatened by something they don’t understand. No gay couple has ever been, isn’t now and will never be a threat to my marriage. Those who feel threatened need to get a life.

We have more rules on what constitutes a new mattress than we have have on what constitutes one’s gayness; I think we need to suspend the process until we have a definition.

Homosexuality is an aberrant stain upon society that must be addressed NOW. I am sympathetic towards states’ rights, but sometimes such rights have to be set aside for the needs of the greater good. Just like certain liberties need to be curtailed by the Patriot Act so we can properly fight the new global war on terrorism.

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