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Another conservative turns on the bible beaters

There’s no way that you can consider former U.S. Dick Armey (R-TX) a friend of the homos (he voted yes on banning gay adoptions in DC, for example), but he’s clearly had enough of the fundies. From Daddy Dobson’s CitizenLink:

Former Texas Congressman Dick Armey, once a stalwart ally in the culture wars, appears to be turning his back on Christian conservatives and their leaders.

The former majority leader of the House of Representatives reportedly told Ryan Sager, author of a new book on the Republican Party, that values voters and their leaders — especially Focus on the Family Action Chairman Dr. James Dobson — are “nasty bullies.”

In the interview, Armey responded pointedly when Sager asked why he thought Christian conservatives seemed more powerful now than in the 1990s.

To a large extent, because Dobson and his gang of thugs are real nasty bullies,” Armey said. “I pray devoutly every day, but being a Christian is no excuse for being stupid. There’s a high demagoguery coefficient to issues like prayer in schools. Demagoguery doesn’t work unless it’s dumb . . . These issues are easy for the intellectually lazy and can appeal to a large demographic.”

Hahahahahahahaha. Of course, the rest of the piece has Dobson’s minions defending their boss and slamming Armey. Ooooh…delicious:

Focus on the Family Action President Jim Daly said it’s shocking the former congressman would attack millions of values voters who helped Armey and other social conservatives gain control of Congress.

“Values voters expect to hear such cruel insults from the Left,” he said, “but not from a champion of family values, as Mr. Armey once claimed to be…Perhaps Mr. Armey should spend less time with the ACLU, for whom he is now a paid consultant,” Daly said, “and more time apologizing to American families.”

Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., who served under Armey’s leadership, said it was sad that someone of Armey’s stature would call Christians a “gang of thugs.”

“That would be your listeners and readers, (he’s talking about),” the congressman told CitizenLink. “That would be the many Christians around the United States who devoutly hold conservative moral beliefs — and he’s acting like this is just some kind of political game. And it’s disgusting. I was incredibly disappointed to read these comments.”

Hat tip, Blender Autumn.

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