Will there be a youtube clip for those of us without cable (or any type of TV signal at all)?
Total Jesus Campers.
I had a bible-thumpin' stepmother from Kansas.
Sometimes the disconnect between what they say and normative decency and/or just plain tact is mind-boggling.
Every single one of the candidates is doing it too!
"It's "Washington" that is corrupt, and a "Real Conservative (TM)" is the only way to fix it. CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE 9/11 9/11. Thank you and good night."
Notice it's "Washington", like that is some completly seperate entitty that has nothing to do with them.
Never mind it was THEIR PARTY that is responsible for necessitating the need for change in the first place! You don't clog the toilette and keep shoving TP into the bowl, yet this is exactly what they are asking people to do!
Hah—the "no true Scotsman" fallacy rears its head once again. Too bad book-learnin's virtually a sin to these folk.
Dan, you know why they (southerners) are so nice and polite to you and everyone else they don't think should enjoy the same rights they do? They were nice, sweet, polite and owned slaves, maybe even beat those slaves not so long ago. It's because they have God on their side. They have to be "Christ like" while at the same time working like the Devil to keep Gay-Americans from being treated as they are. You and G.W. Bush are on the same side of the ledger! Sexy no?!
Fundamentalists are also the most vocal advocates of corporal punishment. (Carter and McGoldrick, (2005)) How nice and sweet.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
And isn't arguing that Bush/Christian conservatives are not *real* Christians a standard trope of liberal Christians?
I've traveled extensively throughout the South, and it never fails to amaze me how much it's like a completely different country. Just think - if it's like that now, in this age of television, jet planes and the Internet - can you even begin to imagine what it must have been like 50 or 60 years ago? (Shudder)
Lipoatrophy's a bummer huh.
Isn't Huckabee also for big government? He's not a "real" conservative either.
Many South Carolinians are trained from birth to always be nice and polite. Even if you can't stand somebody you are expected to be nice.
I am ashamed and appalled to say my parents would probably tell you the same things you heard from those Huckabee supporters while you were here. Too many people are just like them. They mean well, honestly. They don't mean to be hateful and ignorant. They have been conditioned their whole lives to believe that Christian ALWAYS = Good and that God will punish them for not doing everything they can to enforce his commandments. It's all about fear.
There are people here that see it for what it is, but there aren't enough. Sometimes I'd really like to move if I could afford to. It's really sad to me that so many people here are so blind.
Uh, Dan? You're not wearing THE SAME SHIRT you wore last time you were on Bill Maher, are you?
"I'd vote for Reagan...
...if he wuzzn't daid..."
Just watched Mahr. Great job, Dan.
Agree with #15. You made me proud, Dan...
Fuck! No cable.
Cable is for people who can handle the naughty words and the naught bits (and the VERY witty D.L. Hughley freed from the sticky sit-com-writing chains of ABC).
Thank the gods for HBO and Bill Maher (said the Fagnostic).
but the truth is Bush is not a christian and he's not a methodist and he's not a republican and he's not anything he ever said he was.... so that part at least is true.
If it wasn't for denial, we'd have to face reality...
What these Christians don't realize is that its because the constitution DOESN'T mention God that they have the freedom to be all Jesusy.
And thanks to the Christian Victim Syndrome, even if we did remake the constitution to "reflect God's Law", a good chunk of them would immediately split off and whine because it didn't reflect their version of "God's Law".
For instance, should we base this make-over on the King James version of the Bible, or the Catholic Douay-Rheims version?
That's why we have all these different religions in the first place, and that's why there are several different flavors of Lutherans.
As Hitchens says, "Religion poisons everything."
I think it's Rock Hill, not Mill. There's a Fort Mill right up the road, which was home to Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and Heritage USA. That aside, your portrait rings true with my impressions from a few trips to Rock Hill. Here's the story I will never forget: The receptionist at the company I was visiting had hair that reached her knees. She proudly told me that Strom Thurmond had visited the office more than once, and would always tell her, "I want to run naked through your hair!" I'm not making this up, but the exclamation point may be an exaggeration.
They're weak. We are strong.
It's rather amazing how people can be bamboozled by the same shit over and over again. Generally, the rule here (Canada that is) is to be bribed with your own money (that's the great liberal failing).
What exactly does being a good christian have to do with governing well anyways? One of these days, Americans better wake up and smell the coffee. You people have 10,000 nukes and lots of real enemies. Good and Christian isn't going to cut it one day and we're all going to go "BOOM!!"
That won't be very fucking pretty now will it?
Remember Mr. Poe ... they outnumber us and growing ... I remember people telling me that if you go out in Virginia, the bars are FULL of young people, early 20's popped out a few chillun's, already divorced, and trying to piece togethor a family with anything while simultaneously trying to live out the craziness of their youth. These people can not accept the sexual and family realities of the modern life ...
@25: Why are you lecturing Slog? WE KNOW. WE LIVE IN THE SAME COUNTRY AS THESE FUCKERS.
It's 'Rock Hill' or 'Fort Mill', not 'Rock Mill'. I just moved here, and get confused all the time--they're right by each other.
MR POE FUCK ME
Dan--I wish you'd asked them how well having good Christian Jimmy Carter as President worked out for them. Most conservatives rank Carter just Clinton for "worst president ever".
Being a Seattle native down here in the South, I would have to agree that Bible belt conservatives are some of the nicest people you would ever meet. I just happen to disagree with thier politics.
The core of the belief system is that we can only know the truth of God, through our study of the Bible, because the Bible is the Word of god. This of course leads me to my ultimate criticism of the religous right. I do not believe that the Bible is the word of God. I believe the Bible was written by men attempting through the guidance of the Holy Spirit to translate the word of God, into words that men might be able to understand. The problem being, that God cannot be translated perfectly into words, and so ultimately the Bible is only a reflection of the word of God.
I think that perhaps it is time amend the word of God as guided by the Holy Spirit so that we might better understand it in relationship to the modern world, particularily in regards to womans rights.
My first proposed amendment, we strike 1 Timothy 2:9-15
As an impolite, rude Yankee living in the South, I must point out that Dan's experience is completely normal. There's a huge emphasis on being "nice" and "polite." But this is often more form than substance.* What they say about you in private, or what they do in the voting booth -- well, we already know what they do.
My guess is that a more important measure of justice and fairness is how people treat people that they do not know, not people in their day to day life. If you live in a small town where everybody knows each other, sure, politeness is important, yadda yadda yadda. But a great deal of what's important in politics and society involves people not of your kin, clan, clavern, town, county, or even religion, state, or region.
More abstract concepts -- prisoners and criminal law, interrogation of criminal suspects or prisoners of war, ANYTHING involving furriners, or the existence of The Gay (which isn't in their small town, just in San Francisco and Boston) -- is where their little minds go off the rails.
For those of you who are convinced Dan is obsessed with the fatties, please note that he went to South Carolina and didn't say a thing about it. Maybe he didn't have time to go to Wal-Mart?
*OTOH, after living here a while, I realize a) I was raised by wolves b) civility isn't so bad.
Many years ago I was involved as a therapist and counselor with a couple who used scalding water and a heated iron stove to discipline their six year old child. They too were "among the nicest people I’ve ever met." They smiled, exuded compassion and gentleness and were, naturally, good Christian folk.
We have to look at what people do, not what they say or how they interact with us. It's a truism that "Good people do bad things all the time/"
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