Even though there are hundreds of Progressive blogs satirizing the Wingnuts of the right, none do so with the wit and intelligence of the writers at Sadly No!
I have Sadly No! on my sidebar as one of the “Best O’ the Blogs because it is worth a read once or twice a day. As they say, Sadly No! reads the wackos on the right so I don’t have to.
Lately the source of derision has been Jonah Goldberg, author of the easily parodied “Liberal Fascism.” Today Gavin took a moment to highlight Idaho’s own favorite Wingnut, Bryan Fischer, with a shorter version of an column Fischer wrote for super Wingnut Alan Keyes’ blog “Renew America” entitled Separation of Church and State: Straight from the Mind of Hitler.
Another reason I love Sadly No! is because the comments are frequently as witty and insightful as the post itself. Here are a few comments on the Fischer post:
“Johnson, incensed at some non-profit organizations for opposing his most recent run for office, suspended the sword of the IRS over the necks of any religious leader who would dare to stand for justice and truth in the nation’s political life.” Which explains why Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King remained an obscure agitator in the South, and never got a national holiday in his memory. On the MLK Holiday weekend, too! Do these people take classes on obtuseness and irony, or does it come naturally?
Wow, this guy bangs out the stupid like Lucianne’s little boy:”While churches may still today distribute non-partisan voter guides, and pastors are free to speak to the moral issues of the day, watchdogs from the ACLU and other leftist groups are lurking around every corner, looking to pounce on any religious leader who would dare use his influence to help shape the direction of America’s public policy.”Because distributing voter guides and making sermons on ‘the moral issues of the day’ cannot possibly, never ever ever, have any influence on the congregations’ political views. Never.Great find, guys. It’s why we read S,N!
“While churches may still today distribute non-partisan voter guides, and pastors are free to speak to the moral issues of the day, watchdogs from the ACLU and other leftist groups are lurking around every corner, looking to pounce on any religious leader who would dare use his influence to help shape the direction of America’s public policy.”I so enjoy watching these folks bleat and whine about this, because of course there is nothing preventing any church from being as political as they want to be; they just have to give up their tax exemption if they want to be overtly political. That’s all, that’s the whole complaint, the whole issue.As tax exempt – therefore effectively government subsidized – entities, churches (and synagogues, mosques, pagodas, what-have-you) are ostensibly required to stay out of the political process. Despite the fact that this ostensible rule is as full of holes as a Jonah Goldberg thought – as evidenced by the Christian Right as it exists today – any church that is willing to give up its tax status can be as political as they want.So the issue, as it has always been, is not a matter of religious freedom or expression, but a question of maintaining ones organizational tax status and government subsidies. Render unto Caesar indeed…
. . . but how unfair of the fascists of the ACLU to monitor to ensure that the churches are at least ostensibly playing by the rules in exchange for their government welfare (tax exemption)! Don’t they understand that the churches are the utterly non-fascist stormtroopers of god and should be allowed to do whatever they want and STILL receive their government hand-outs?
Look, three on the words in the “ACLU” acronym are liberal and/or fascist: “civil,” “union,” liberties.”Civil: Really, what are they trying to say with the word “civil?” They of course mean rapacious devotion to the state.Union: It’s only one word from “civil unions,” which in turn is only one step from “gay marriage” and thus is the same as “homofascism.”Liberties: When the ACLU isn’t being fascist, they’re being overtly liberal! Q.E.D.The only American word in the ACLU’s acronym is “American.” And really, couldn’t they go with a word even more American if they wanted to truely support the Heartland? Like “Jesus?” JCLU?