Wingnuts in Action
The invaluable Media Matters has done us a great favor in digging up some recent articles by the mullah of moral values, Sam Francis, whose column is syndicated by Creaters Syndicate. Francis was actually fired by the Washington Times in 1995 for this charming diatribe:
Neither Jesus nor the apostles nor the early church condemned slavery, despite countless opportunities to do so, and there is no indication that slavery is contrary to Christian ethics or that any serious theologian before modern times ever thought it was.
Not until the Enlightenment of the 18th century did a bastardized version of Christian ethics condemn slavery. Today we know that version under the label of "liberalism," or its more extreme cousin, communism.
What has happened in the centuries since the Enlightenment is the permeation of the pseudo-Christian poison of equality into the tissues of the West, to the point that the mainstream churches now spend more time preaching against apartheid and colonialism than they do against real sins like pinching secretaries and pilfering from the office coffee pool. The Southern Baptists, because they were fortunate enough to flourish in a region where the false sun of the Enlightenment never shone, succeeded in escaping this grim fate, at least until last week.
You know you've gone too far when even Wes Pruden thinks this kind of work is beyond the pale. I know right-wingers are intent on rolling back the New Deal, but I never seriously considered that they'd also sharpen their knives for the Enlightenment.