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Friday, September 19, 2008

Politics of Bigotry

Why mince words when it comes to the politics of bigotry? The religious right, of which vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is an active participant, is committed to depriving homosexuals of equal protection under the law. Anyone who doesn't believe as these religious zealots do are considered agents of Satan, and thus their enemy.

Palin isn't distantly related to these and other intolerant beliefs, she built her entire political career on bigotry and bullying at the behest of cults founded on the psychological abuse of children and political violence against non-believers. McCain's use of her as a titillating sex kitten for right-wing pundits, and as a poster girl for recruiting religious right fanatics known to harass and intimidate political opponents, was a tactical electoral decision.

We've seen this type of political violence before in the anti-immigrant campaign the GOP mounted in 2005, as well as in the GOP-supported violence against American Indians and other environmental activists in the 1990s. As the core constituency comprising US domestic terrorism, the violent religious right is America's greatest threat to democracy and human rights. What's to negotiate with people like that?


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