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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Don’t Forget September 28th — Spanish Inquisition Day

On Sunday, September 28th, the Spanish Inquisition will be making their biggest power play ever. Oh, that’s right, they’ve changed their name. Now they're calling themselves the Alliance Defense Fund.

The Spanish, uh, Salem Witch, er Alliance Defense Fund wants Christianity and government to be completely intertwined; joined at the hip. No more of that commie “separation of church and state.”

And the Alliance Defense Fund wants YOUR tax dollars to pay for everything they do. And you thought conservatives didn’t like welfare.

September 28th has been declared “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” Ministers all over the country are being encouraged to spew fire and brimstone in favor of — or against — a political candidate. Sort of a mass civil disobedience day for Biblewipes.

As you know, the IRS will take away the tax-exempt status of any church that actively endorses or condemns a political candidate. So the plan is for dozens — maybe hundreds, thousands — of ministers to swamp the court system, suing for their right to engage in political activity while receiving welfare handouts from YOU.

The Alliance Defense Fund will pay the legal expenses of any and all ministers who go to court and challenge the IRS ruling.

In our “Why Am I Not Surprised” Department — the Alliance Defense Fund was founded by James Dobson.

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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Blogger Mauigirl said...

Ugh, what a horrible idea. I hadn't heard about this.

September 16, 2008 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mauigirl: Yeah, it sucks. It's probably the Religious Right's current version of "Justice Sunday" which they staged several years ago to protest "activist judges" who didn't love Jesus enough, or something.

September 16, 2008 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Jesus.....that's fucking rich. I wish these fucks would find something better to spend their time, like, ummm....poverty and such.

September 16, 2008 at 11:40 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

If Americans, in overwhelming numbers, don't wise up and bring about the kind of wholesale change in our government and politics that's so desperately needed, they could soon end up losing their ability to do that.

The need for reform on so many fronts has gone from glaring to desperate. I keep coming back to one question: What is it going to take?

September 17, 2008 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Don't forget today either. It was 221 years ago today that the US Constitution was signed in Philadelphia. Happy Constitution Day, Tom!

September 17, 2008 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Ah, so many fond memories of Justice Sunday, proselytizing in front of that giant screen worthy of Nuremburg. Sniff.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm planning on rounding up some of the local atheists and breaking out the witches' wheel. It's gonna be a blast!

September 17, 2008 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Carlos: Hmmm, now that you mention it, the Bible actually does mention something about helping the poor and less fortunate. Who knew?

SW: "What is it going to take?" -- that's the eternal question. For years I've kept thinking "if such and such happens, the public will revolt." Then it happens, and the public just sits there watching TV.

Robert: Happy Constitution Day. Thanks for the reminder.

Randal: Yes, let's celebrate with a huge bonfire for books and witches. Hallelujah!

September 17, 2008 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Miss Kitty said...

God help us all--no pun intended.

Speaking of Fundies: have you heard about this, Tom?

I don't know how credible this is.

September 17, 2008 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Miss Kitty: Yup, I heard about her "Sambo beat the bitch" quote. It sounds believable to me, but there's no way to prove or disprove it. But it sounds like the kind of stuff she says when she thinks she's off the record.

September 17, 2008 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

That would be a sure way to get even more evangelicals to the polls. Too bad Bush is in office.

I hope the IRS would stand down until after the election, and that it would then crack down on all the violators. To crack down on them before the election would just give the Republicans too much of a boost. According to conservative author Kevin Phillips, the GOP is after all our nation's first religious political party.

September 17, 2008 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Good point. The Spanish Inquisitioners could portray themselves as "martyrs." They were slain by the evil IRS, and millions of voters will want to help those poor "victims" by voting for the What's-His-Name/Palin ticket.

Yes, let's wait until after the election and then nail those tax-mooching bastards to the wall.

September 17, 2008 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Oh man, I hadn't heard about this. Scary shit! I'll put up a post on Atheist Nexus (if someone else hasn't already.)

Hey, why don't you join A/N? There's a link on mah blog. You too, Snave, Randal, and any other godless liberals! It's a very friendly group of atheists and agnostics - a little refuge from the crazy world out here.

Dobson's made a very smart move here. Scary, but smart. Damn.

September 18, 2008 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Candace: Welcome back. Yeah, this hasn't gotten much publicity; it'll probably get more as the date draws nearer.

September 18, 2008 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

This is an absolute desperate attempt by the Bush regime to keep their particular management team of Slavery Inc. In power. Minister's who take part in this are sick!!!

United In Peace And Freedom

September 22, 2008 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

AHB: And there are plenty of "ministers" indeed who are taking part in this. Of course, the term "minister" is being used loosely. Nowadays it pretty much means a prostitute for global corporations.

September 23, 2008 at 12:34 AM  

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