|CPAC - Scott Terry|
The swamp fever that has overtaken the Republican Party seems to be festering to new levels as we now see CPAC participants speaking out in favor of slavery and segregation. My question to former colleagues who have remained Republicans is: when are they going to start handing out white robes and hoods at both CPAC and local GOP committee meetings? What I find striking - and frightening - is the way in which the Christofascists and Tea Party crowd (which is in many ways synonymous with the far right Christian crowd) is that they truly do not see gays, minorities and non-Christians as even fully human. It is as if were were some different species or, worse yet, some type of animals rather than human. It is a horrible testament as to what has been done to the Gospel message by these modern day Pharisees and hate merchants. Think Progress looks at the lunacy and hate in full bloom at CPAC. Here are highlights:
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — A panel at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Republican minority outreach exploded into controversy on Friday afternoon, after an audience member defended slavery as good for African-Americans.
The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.
After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.
Terry was bold enough to say what he believes. Many others in the GOP base don't publicly announce it, but they are in total agreement with Terry. Terry is the face of today's GOP no matter how much the party's apologists claim otherwise.