Friday, February 03, 2006

If the Shoe Fits…

One of the strengths of the Religious Right is the Secular Left’s fear of criticizing it directly. After all, few politicians are willing to come across as attacking good, God-fearing Christians — no matter how bad and ungodly some of those Christians might actually be.

Thus we at Holier Than Thou were heartened to see a Democrat on the national stage who is actually willing to take on the Conservative Christians head on.

So, who recently said the following in a campaign speech:

“The Republican party has been hijacked by religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren’t a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of other religious nuts around the world.”

Was it?

A) Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator from New York
B) Howard Dean, national chairman of the Democratic Party
C) Jane Harmon, U.S. Congresswoman from California
D) Paul Hackett, former Marine running for U.S. Senate in Ohio

D) An Iraq war veteran, Paul Hackett is running on an anti-war platform in the state of Ohio. Needless to say, the Ohio Republican Party was outraged by Hackett’s remarks, and called upon him to make a public apology.

Hackett’s response (and one that other Democrats could clearly learn from): “I said it. I meant it. I stand by it.


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