Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Multiple Religious Right Leaders

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Multiple Religious Right Leaders November 7, 2011

Wow. If you’re looking for some serious projection and hypocrisy, the Huffington Post has some astonishingly blatant examples of it. A whole gaggle of wingnut leaders is claiming that if Romney wins the Republican nomination, the Obama administration will attack him for his Mormon religion:

“I assume that given the early signs of what an Obama campaign is going to look like, with this class warfare stuff, that every tactic imaginable will be used by the Obama campaign, including attacking the religion of his opponent,” said Gary Bauer, president of American Values and a long time leader in the social conservative movement.

Other prominent evangelical leaders told The Huffington Post that they believe Romney will be ambushed by the press.

“The major networks are heavily invested in Barack Obama’s reelection,” said Richard Land, a leader with the Southern Baptist Convention who heads its ethics and religious liberty commission.

“And they’re all going to run detailed specials, now that we have the first Mormon nominee for president: ‘What does the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe?’ And they’re going to go into all the beliefs of Mormonism, hoping to scare the 40 percent of independents who make up the decisive vote in the electorate to not vote for someone who believes such things.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, agreed.

“I think the media, and the American public via the media, will know all they want to know about Mormonism,” Perkins said. “I think the left-leaning media that is sympathetic to the president will try to drive a wedge deeper between him and social conservatives.”

Holy shit! Perkins’ organization hosts the Values Voters Summit, where Bryan Fischer and Robert Jeffress both attacked Romney for being Mormon. One religious right leader after another has put out statements about why Christians can’t vote for Romney because Mormonism is a cult. And they’re complaining about Obama and the media going after Romney on religious grounds? I want some of what they’re smoking on Planet Wingnuttia.


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  • MikeMa

    They really don’t want Romney but they really, really don’t want Obama.

  • chrisa

    Ok, maybe this is a stupid question, but what is wrong with wanting to know what a candidate believes? Even ignoring that they slammed him for his beliefs in the recent past, it seems to me that knowing something about a candidate for high office is a good idea. But then, I value actual knowledge, so maybe that is the difference.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    I want some of what they’re smoking on Planet Wingnuttia.

    Dat shit rot your brains, mon.

  • “Wow. If you’re looking for some serious projection and hypocrisy”

    Finding such, where the reichwing KKKristians are concerned would be akin to prospecting for gold in the main vault at Fort Knox.

    “I want some of what they’re smoking on Planet Wingnuttia.

    Dat shit rot your brains, mon.”

    Pierce Butler:

    Excuse me for an aside, but think your name would be a great one for a band.

    To the gist of your comment. How would one know if the brains of the KKKristian reichwing were rotting? Is there a reliable test?

  • d cwilson

    I want some of what they’re smoking on Planet Wingnuttia.

    Apparently, it destroys all sense of shame.

  • Who Knows?

    <blockquoteThey really don’t want Romney but they really, really don’t want Obama.

    Exactly Mikema. I’m not sure what they’re going to do though. It’s not like they have any good choices among the candidates.

  • scienceavenger

    Chrisa asked: Ok, maybe this is a stupid question, but what is wrong with wanting to know what a candidate believes?

    Nothing, as long as what they believe cannot be called “religion”. For anything that can be so labelled, all measure of stupidity must be accepted. Any criticism of it brands one as “intolerant” and “anti-[insert favorite religion here]”. You see, their religious views are their private beliefs, and they are excempt from criticism in the public square, even if they themselves toss them into the public square. /snark

  • raven

    Hypocrisy is one of the three sacred sacraments of fundies.

    Lying is another one. I’m sure some of those wingnut leaders will deny they ever called Mormonism a cult even though millions saw it on the internet.

    And oh yeah, Mormonism is listed as an abusive mind control cult by CAIP. So are the fundie xians.

  • Meh, territorial pissing. They want to eat their own.

  • d cwilson

    They really don’t want Romney but they really, really don’t want Obama.

    Well, yeah. Hence why they’ve been trying out different messiahs in order to find the mythical White Knight Who Isn’t Named Mitt But Can Defeat the Evil Kenyan Usurper. The funny thing is, the fact that he’s a Mormon is one of the two main reasons they don’t like Mitt. The other being his habit of flip-flopping.

    So far, every would-be messiah has imploded shortly after rising. Some polls are starting to see a Gingrich surge in light of Cain’s scandals. I’m guessing it’ll be Senator Frothy’s turn next.

    But with the election still a year away, many are resigning themselves to the likelihood that Mitt will be the nominee. I see these statements as laying some pre-emptive groundwork to spin things. If Mitt loses, it wasn’t because of the batsh!t insane ideas expressed by the GOP, it’s because liberals made Americans hate Mormons.

  • Aquaria

    I want some of what they’re smoking on Planet Wingnuttia.

    You want to become a drooling moron bigot? Because that’s all I see their drug doing to them.

  • Dennis N

    A whole gaggle of wingnut leaders is claiming that if Romney wins the Republican nomination, the Obama administration will attack him for his Mormon religion

    Is there any example of Obama attacking someone’s religion? Ever? (I am fully aware that they don’t consider that necessary before making an argument.)

  • MikeMa

    @Dennis N,

    You are assuming that Fischer is telling the truth and not making shit up. Very bad assumption.

  • tfkreference

    To expand on Leni’s comment, it reminds me of the scene in The Firm when Wilfred Brimley is blackmailing Tom Cruise by showing him pictures of Cruise’s tryst and saying something like, “Don’t cooperate with the Feds, because they will take pictures like this and threaten to send them to your wife if you cause any trouble.”

  • Pierce R. Butler

    democommie @ # 4: … your name would be a great one for a band.

    Y’know, no one else has ever said that. But I ought to thank you – sfaik, no name ever thus suggested has been taken by any band, so you may have just extended the protection of some unnamed law to what’s left of my identity.

    How would one know if the brains of the KKKristian reichwing were rotting? Is there a reliable test?

    Open ’em up and take a sniff, mon.

    Dennis N @ # 12: Is there any example of Obama attacking someone’s religion? Ever?

    Sure, he acknowledges the existence of non-believing Americans. That in itself constitutes a screaming berserker frenzy against all True Americans™, and makes the baby George Washington cry.

  • The Christian Cynic

    “The major networks are heavily invested in Barack Obama’s reelection,” said Richard Land, a leader with the Southern Baptist Convention who heads its ethics and religious liberty commission.

    Maybe it’s that I spend all day with immature high schoolers, but this guy’s name both amuses me and is actually somewhat apropos for the organization he’s associated with.

    d cwilson:

    I want some of what they’re smoking on Planet Wingnuttia.

    Apparently, it destroys all sense of shame.

    Not to mention self-awareness.

  • abb3w

    I think what Mormons believe is more likely to bother the 30% who identify as conservative. Getting two conservative to stay home is about as effective as having one independent change their vote.

  • mithandir

    I think people here got it all wrong. I see this as an attack ON Romney, not a defence. They’re basically saying Romney is unelectable, so chose somebody else.

  • dingojack

    “Ok, maybe this is a stupid question, but what is wrong with wanting to know what a candidate believes?”

    Oooh that’s sooo anti-[insert name of your favourite religion here], except when it’s wingnuts virulently questioning Obama’s beliefs, naturally.

    Hypocrisy thy name is wingnuttia!