Sunday, August 27, 2006

Harris Flaunts Faith, Falters

Remember Katherine Harris, the Cruella De Vil-esque Florida Attorney General who presided over the 2000 election recount debacle and helped George Bush 'win'? Well, she's back, makeover and all, in a bid to unseat the incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

Here she is reaching out to her base:
Separation of church and state is "a lie we have been told," Harris said in [an] interview [with Florida Baptist Witness], published Thursday, saying separating religion and politics is "wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers."

"If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," Harris said.
Not everyone was pleased. Most notably, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Shintos, Bah'ais, Wiccans, Zoroastrians, Taoists, animists, agnostics, atheists and anyone who's not an insufferable bigot.

My question would be: If God chooses our rulers, what does it mean that Harris is trailing in the polls by around 30 points? And, since the Supreme Court actually chose our ruler in 2000, does that make the high court God? How will that sit with theocons in the Republican Party, or "Party of God"? "Party of God" is "Hezbollah" in Arabic, in case you've got a penchant for translation.

Also, if Christians are immune from sin, then why does she stand accused of taking illegal campaign contributions from an indicted defense contractor? Perhaps Christian politicians are allowed to make questionable moral choices so long as those actions further the greater good of establishing the theocracy they dream of. You know, I think I'm going to stick with the Arabic translation.

To put it bluntly, anyone who believes the things Katherine Harris believes has no business holding elected public office in the United States of America. Period. She exhibits an appalling lack of understanding of what this country is all about and she obviously has utter contempt for many of her would-be (but are never gonna be) constituents.

"E pluribus unum" is more than just something to fill up the empty space on the back of our coins. The fact that many in the theocratic wing of the Party of God don't understand this is more than a little disturbing. I'm pretty sure it means they hate America. Perhaps John Gibson will devote a chapter to them in his next book.
Listed on BlogShares