Monday, December 6, 2010

Texas Republican State House: only Christians need apply

From Steve Benen
The current [Texas] House Speaker is Joe Straus, a conservative Republican leading a conservative Republican majority. He's currently facing a challenge from state Rep. Ken Paxton, who appears to agree with Straus on nearly everything.

So what makes this noteworthy? Straus is Jewish, and some far-right activists in Texas have a problem with that.

A few weeks ago, a coalition of Tea Party and right-wing Republican groups began lobbying for Paxton to replace Straus, with coalition activists circulating anti-Semitic emails. The message from conservatives was that the GOP state House needed a "Christian conservative" leader.

....One of the two party leaders, John Cook, insisted in a message, "We elected a house with Christian, conservative values. We now want a true Christian, conservative running it."
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He added that he prefers Christian candidates, but isn't anti-Semitic. "They're some of my best friends," he said of Jews, naming two friends of his.

Someday, folks will have to understand that "some of my best friends are [fill in the blank with a minority group]" is a cliche repeated by bigots. I would have hoped that was obvious by now.

6 comments:

Ann said...

And for more bigotry - read here

PseudoPiskie said...

See this. Explains it all.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

We have heard it so many times...

James said...

And we are surprised because? The more I know about some self-styled Christians, the more I want to be Buddhist.

Fred Schwartz said...

I wrote about this a little while ago. There is a very fine section of the Church Idea by William Huntington Reed on the fact that our form of governnet is unique in that it is "religion free".

JCF said...

I would also hope that non-ConEvs would realize that, proverbially, when they lie down w/ Christianists, they will wake up w/ fleas!