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Aug 20 2013

FOTF Spokesman is Against Extreme Rhetoric

Focus on the Family spokesman Glenn Stanton destroyed irony meters everywhere when he went on Janet Mefferd’s radio show and said that the Christian right should distance themselves from leaders who use “polarizing rhetoric.” On the radio show of one of the most extreme voices on the right. Oh, and Charles Colson is his model.

Stanton said that activists who aren’t “fire breathing” conservatives are having a stronger appeal, such as the late Chuck Colson: “People aren’t reacting against that, they are reacting against certain manifestations of the culture war and in some sense we can say you know what some of those things were fine for the 70s but we are in a new age and we need to address these issues in truth and in a very different kind of way. I think Chuck Colson, who we don’t have anymore, was a wonderful example of that kind of thing.”

That’s right, Stanton thinks that the Religious Right leader who said gay marriageinvites terrorist attacks,gravely damages children, leads to the end of democracy and a Nazi-style dictatorship and unleashes “cultural Armageddon,” and longed for the day when homosexuality was condemned as “sexually deviant” and “ shameful and embarrassing” is a figure of moderation.

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  1. 1
    John Pieret

    Think what it means when Chuck (Look Out Grandma!) Colson is your model of a non-fire-breathing conservative. Oh, wait … we don’t have to think about it, Ed just posted about the people who want to shut down the government to defund the ACA and what they’ll do to any fellow Republican who tries to talk sense.

    What ever happened to Saint Ronnie’s 11th Commandment?

  2. 2
    doublereed

    did he give examples of what he considers extreme rhetoric???

  3. 3
    Kevin

    Extreme rhetoric: “I disagree.”

  4. 4
    Sastra

    Stanton said … “we are in a new age.”

    A New Ager now, is he? My, but he is distancing himself from the conservatives.

    Seriously, though, virtually everyone sees themselves as a “moderate.” For some people that entails searching for the contrasting”extremists” in prisons, over ancient history, and under rocks.

  5. 5
    democommie

    “FOTF Spokesman is Against Extreme Rhetoric”

    Gee; well, um, FUCK THAT FUCKING FUCKER.

  6. 6
    Moggie

    LMFTFY:
    People aren’t reacting against that, they are reacting against certain manifestations of the culture war and in some sense we can say you know what some of those things were fine for the 70s but we are in a new age and we need to address these issues in truth and in a very different kind of way. I think liar and convicted felon Chuck Colson, who we don’t have anymore, was a wonderful example of that kind of thing.

  7. 7
    Loqi

    It makes a little more sense if you define the poles as “arch-reactionary” on the left and “completely-disconnected-from-reality-reactionary” on the right. Once you realize this is a Bob’s Country Bunker “country AND western” sort of thing, then this seems pretty centrist.

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    D. C. Sessions

    the Religious Right leader who said gay marriageinvites terrorist attacks,gravely damages children, leads to the end of democracy and a Nazi-style dictatorship and unleashes “cultural Armageddon,” and longed for the day when homosexuality was condemned as “sexually deviant” and “ shameful and embarrassing” is a figure of moderation.

    Compared to today?

  9. 9
    D. C. Sessions

    What ever happened to Saint Ronnie’s 11th Commandment?

    It worked. The RINOs were completely unprepared for the coup.

  10. 10
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    I don’t know whether to laugh at the irony, or weep at the stupidity.

  11. 11
    anubisprime

    @OP

    in some sense we can say you know what some of those things were fine for the 70s but we are in a new age and we need to address these issues in truth and in a very different kind of way.

    Translation…

    “We have to dream up new lies cos the old ones don’t work any-more”

  12. 12
    democommie

    After reading the rest of the thread and re-reading my own comment, I realize that my comment was intemperate, rude, profane and mean spirited. Good, that’s what I like about me.

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