Full Video of Republican Theocratathon

Last weekend the Republican candidates met for the “Thanksgiving Family Forum” where, except for Ron Paul, they each tried to prove they were the holiest Christian and, therefore, the most deserving candidate for president of our theocracy democracy. The actual discussions with the candidates do not start until 36 minutes in.

And, as Jerry Coyne helpfully points out, those who do not have the endurance to watch the whole disgusting anti-American mess, can get a digest of awfulness by reading William Saletan’s collection of salient quotations from the evening.

My detailed arguments about what is wrong with the sorts of attitudes these candidates express are in the following posts:

Why Clergy Rightfully Have No Place At A 9/11 Memorial (Or Any Civic Ceremonies)

9 Vital Points About The Public Relevance of Political Candidates’ Religious Beliefs

On The Conflict Over The Meaning And Cultural Influence of Political Secularism

The Religious Conservative’s False Choice: “Big Brother” Or “Heavenly Father”

How Christian Beliefs And Values Are No More Creditable With America’s Founding Than Islamic Ones

Thoughts on the Ethics of Private vs. Publicly-Mediated Generosity

Santorum’s Hypocrisy and Backwardness on Questions of Epistemic Authority

American Values vs. Fundamentalist Values

Questions For Those Who Oppose The Wall of Separation of Church and State

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Gordon

    If religion matters so much to these people why don’t they quit politics and become priests/pastors/ministers?

    Oh, because they are dominionists (who, of course, don’t exist)

  • laurentweppe

    The religious values we must fight for are Judeo-Christian. Rick Perry warned
    Our laws and our national identity are Judeo-Christian. Michele Bachmann explained:

    In Europe, the far-right has used “Judeo-Christian” as a coded word for “racial-purity” since antisemitism became politically radiocative (before that, it was “Christian” tout court).
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    The purge of judges should be based on public opinion

    Yeah, right: And what will you do when old homophobes die of old age while more and more pro-gay mariage youth reach voting age. This is such a transparent lie: when not in power, demagogues are always good at claiming that they want to do the people bidding, only to give uniforms, arms and privileges to thugs then charged to beat into submission the very people they claimed to served as soon as they can.


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