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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 09:03 AM
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Religious Right Strangely Silent About Foley --Bob Geiger
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-geiger/religious-righ...


If there's one thing you have to concede to America's Religious Right, it's that these folks have an amazing media and public relations network and can issue press releases, get on television and radio and, when they really want to, mobilize their lemming-like flock faster than Jack Abramoff can bribe a Republican Congressman.

And yet here we sit, four days after it was revealed that Republican Congressman Mark Foley was using the Internet to go after teenaged boys, and all you can hear from our own little version of the Taliban is dead quiet and crickets chirping.

Odd, isn't it? The same people who can move their followers to boycott any company that believes gay people even have the right to exist, can't muster much outrage over one of their own preying on young boys and, more importantly, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives ignoring it to save their political hides.

With the news out since Friday, James Dobson's Focus on the Family (FOF) still doesn't say a word about it on their web site. In fact, if you go there right now and do a search on "Mark Foley," the closest thing you'll find citing Foley is a statement from March 2006 entitled More Funding Needed to Combat Child Porn.

They quote Foley in that piece as expressing concern that children will continue to be victimized if Congress does not act more proactively against child predators.

"We are still not funding it enough," they quote Foley as saying. "This is one of the most pervasive, dangerous elements in our society."

You just can't make this stuff up.

BOB THEN DISSECTS THE OTHER "VALUES" GROUPS AND THEIR LACK OF RESPONSE--THOROUGH AND NOT TOO LONG
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 09:05 AM
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1. They're still drunk from celebrating the death of Habeas Corpus. nt
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 09:12 AM
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2. Not just the religious right has been silent. Republican members of the
House and Senate have been very quiet also. Ray LaHood, a close friend of Hastert's (maybe the only one)did offer a weak defense and the laughable suggestion that the page program be shut down.
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Demit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 09:16 AM
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3. These so-called religious leaders are charlatans and frauds and cheats.
They are shells of human beings, with no integrity inside, nothing of substance. They revel only in their power to fool people, and the money that comes from that. Hopefully a good number of their currently slavish followers will see the disconnect between what they purport to be about and what real religion is.
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