Not surprisingly, Barack Obama's endorsement of same sex marriage earlier in the week is mobilizing the Christofacsists who seek to impose their warped fear and hate based version of Christianity on all Americans. Hate merchant parasites like pathological liar Tony Perkins and his allies also see the issue as a great fundraising opportunity - God forbid he, Maggie Gallagher and others have to get real jobs. Meanwhile most of the Gospel message of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and sheltering the homes is thrown on the trash heap by these foul individuals. Just imagine what could be done for the poor, the sick and the needy with the vast amounts of money the Christofascists have thrown into jihads against gay rights. But then, I forgotten myself - these anti-gay extremists care nothing about the poor, the sick or the needy. They for the most part support Paul Ryan's budget that would treat such unfortunates as some mush trash merely to be discarded. The Washington Post
looks at the effort of these false Christians to milk the situation and disseminate hate. Here are excerpts:
President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage is energizing Christian conservative support for Mitt Romney in a way that the likely GOP nominee has so far not been able to do on his own, according to religious leaders and activists.
Pastors in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and other swing states are readying Sunday sermons inveighing against same-sex unions, while activist groups have begun laying plans for social media campaigns, leaflet drives and other get-out-the-vote efforts centered on the same-sex marriage issue. Romney could benefit from a strong turnout among evangelicals and other social conservatives, many of whom remain skeptical of his commitment to their causes.
The National Organization for Marriage, a leading anti-gay-marriage group, lashed out at Obama after his announcement and promised to campaign against him “ceaselessly” in swing states.
Romney and other establishment Republicans have treaded softly
on the issue so far, but many evangelicals think that a forceful anti-gay-marriage campaign could pay huge dividends for Republicans in the fall.
Some on the religious right also remain deeply uncertain about Romney’s convictions on cultural issues
and are unhappy with his statements in recent days that he supports allowing gay couples to adopt
children and that he does not view same-sex marriage as a religious issue
. Many activists say they will continue to push Romney on the issue. . . . . The sentiments underscore the continued difficulties that Romney faces in attempting to navigate thorny cultural issues while attempting to woo independent voters with an economic message.
Same-sex marriage does not appear to be the galvanizing force it once was
, particularly among younger voters. A poll last year
by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 44 percent of young white evangelicals favor allowing gay and lesbian people to marry
, compared with 12 percent of evangelical seniors and 19 percent of evangelicals overall.
But Robert Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, said changing demographics and the struggling economy mean that same-sex marriage may not prove as central as it was eight years ago in the state. While he supports Romney’s position on the issue, he said the GOP presidential candidate would do best to focus on jobs and other economic issues.
“In Ohio, there are people on both sides of the issue who have largely made up their minds,” Bennett said. “Obviously it’s going to unite the social conservatives who maybe had some doubts about Romney, but there are other issues to unite people. This is more of a sidebar issue now.”
Let's hope the Christofascists engage in truly hateful language as they did in North Carolina (where many moderates and independents did not even go to the polls) and alienate non-religious extremists with their hatefulness. For me, increasingly when someone tells me that they are a Christian - especially in a context where religion isn't even relevant - my first thoughts are: hateful, hypocrite, liar, mean spirited, modern day Pharisee among others. Thankfully, the younger generation increasingly seems to be having a similar reaction. It's the conservatives who are going to ultimately kill Christianity, not the liberals and un-churched.