The wingnuts have a new shiny object to throw a temper tantrum about, as a Sikh — a genuine non-white non-Christian — was allowed to give a prayer at the Republican National Convention. Janet Mefferd predictably clutches her pearls:
This adds new spin to my view of what’s going on at the RNC right now because you still hear a little bit of talk God here and there, but it’s different. When Mitt Romney talks about God, he’s not talking about our God and he has yet to give his speech yet.
But we now have a party that is allowing people to pray at the Republican National Convention who don’t have the slightest similarity to us, when it comes to our view of God, at all. At all.
It wasn’t that long ago that Pat Buchanan at the 1992 RNC was talking about the great culture war and being a Judeo-Christian nation and how important it was to hold that all together because that was the foundation upon which our country was built. And he was right. He got skewered for it, but he was right.
And look how far we’ve come. Now, 2012 we have somebody from an Eastern religion offering the invocation at the Republican National Convention. I’m not saying people from different religions can’t vote Republican, but what this really is is a syncretism that is kind of seeping under the door like a gas.
And Bryan Fischer said that Christians at the convention should “be respectful, but not bow their heads…to a different god.” Fair enough. But now you know how we all feel when you guys want us to sit by while you talk to your imaginary friend.