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Amusing Quote of the Day

Alan Keyes is easily one of the most entertaining figures in politics. He’s got tremendous charisma and talent as a speaker, but his eloquence is used to support some of the craziest ideas imaginable. But this quote from his latest WND column made me laugh:

Catholics and other professing Christians should take note. Except they repent of it, those who voted for Barack Obama surely face grim judgment from the Supreme judge of the World for their enlistment in the electoral army of this paragon of evil.

So apparently only professing Christians face grim judgment, not the rest of us? What a relief. Oh wait, I didn’t vote for Obama in the first place, so I guess I was never on the hit list of Keyes’ imaginary friend. Well, at least for that.

This quote, on the other hand, is more frightening than amusing:

Where the substance of right is endowed by the Creator, there can be no right that in substance contradicts His provision of justice for all. Up to now, however, the elitist faction has successfully moved to sever the concept of civil and political rights from that founding principle. They have redefined “rights” to include exercises of freedom that violate or have no regard for right.

In the world Alan Keyes wants to make, freedom means only the freedom to do what his imaginary friend says you can do, and no more. Welcome to theocracy.

Comments

  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    Catholics and other professing Christians…

    Ooh, bad start. There’s a sizable portion of his audience which believes that Catholics are not Christians.

  2. unbound says

    I guess if you aren’t completely for a totalitarian theocracy, you must for the devil himself…

  3. John Hinkle says

    I might be inclined to believe Keyes if, you know, Yahweh made it plain to everyone that he endows us with rights. But I don’t hear Yahweh making anything plain at all. All I hear is Keyes. Call me skeptical, but I’m somewhat disinclined to believe Keyes speaks for God.

    Isn’t there something in The Big Book of Ancient Middle Eastern Fairy Tales about pride or arrogance or something being a no no?

  4. cptdoom says

    Ooh, bad start. There’s a sizable portion of his audience which believes that Catholics are not Christians.

    Yes, but Alan still works with them, which means he’s making accommodations with heretics and blashphemers. As a Catholic, that means I have to consider him venal and therefore untrustworthy – see, religious fanatacism really can be used to justify any position!

  5. anandine says

    Keyes has contributed something to the political conversation, the idea of the Keyes Horizon, which is the minimum percentage of voters who will “put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgment,’ aka the “Crazification Factor,” aka “the Kung Fu Monkey Carnot limit.”

    http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2007/05/31/6536

    The comments are wonderful.

  6. says

    Catholics and other professing Christians should take note. Except they repent of it, those who voted for Barack Obama surely face grim judgment from the Supreme judge of the World for their enlistment in the electoral army of this paragon of evil.

    If only this God person had some means to enforce his will before waiting for people to die, and only long after it doesn’t matter anymore, torturing them. Like, maybe if he were omnipotent or something…

  7. chilidog99 says

    He’s still PO’d that Obama spanked him like a rented mule when they both ran for Senate in 2004.

  8. hunter says

    I was about to mention that Keyes gave Obama his first overwhelming electoral victory — 70% of the vote for senator.

    The sad part is, Keyes is the only one Illinois Republicans could convince to run, and he didn’t even live here.

  9. says

    Catholics and other professing Christians…

    Ooh, bad start. There’s a sizable portion of his audience which believes that Catholics are not Christians.

    One of the more successful tactics of the religious right over the last couple of decades has been the ability to submerge major doctrinal differences in making common cause for social conservatism to such an extent that they rarely talk about separate “Baptist” or “Catholic” interests any more. You only hear about the suppression of religious freedom of “Christians”.

  10. Michael Heath says

    Alan Keyes says in reference to President Obama:

    paragon of evil

    That’s really something, equivalent to calling the president the anti-Christ and worse than claiming he’s in league with al Qaeda or some other radical Islamic jihad. I wonder how many conservative Christians would agree with Mr. Keye’s assertion.

    I’d argue this crosses the line of moral culpability if somebody was influenced by Keyes’ rhetoric and attempted to assassinate the president.

  11. Chiroptera says

    tacitus, #9: You only hear about the suppression of religious freedom of “Christians”.

    And “Judeo-Christian values” when it suits them, submerging for temporary gains their instinctive anti-Semitism.

    And, when they find out they can make common cause against gays and women’s health care, they will talk about the common values of the “Islamic, Jewish, Christian tradition.”

  12. exdrone says

    * br-r-r-ring *
    God: “Yeah?”
    Satan: “Gee-ee-man! Did you catch Keyes speech?”
    God: “Do you realize how early it is?”
    Satan: ” ‘surely face grim judgment from the Supreme judge of the World’? ”
    God: “I didn’t put him up to it.”
    Satan: ” ‘his adamantine commitment to the murder of human posterity’? ”
    God: “I inspired Mandela, you know.”
    Satan: ” ‘paragon of evil’? ”
    God: “Okay. Okay. He’s a tool. Are we through here?”
    * pause *
    Satan: “So-o-o, Santorum, eh?”
    God: “I’m hanging up now.”

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