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April 11, 2005

The Taliban Wing of the Republican Party

The Carpetbagger Report says:

The Carpetbagger Report » The kind of appearance that demands an explanation: I’ve never much cared for the phrase “Taliban wing of the Republican Party” because it’s too frequently misused and applied to conservatives who don’t deserve it. But those in attendance for this weekend’s conference on “Confronting the Judicial War on Faith” deserve the “Taliban-wing” label — they’ve worked hard to earn it. These folks aren’t just conservative, and aren’t simply fringe right-wingers, they literally want to follow in the Taliban’s footsteps and replace American law with their interpretation of Scripture. It’s genuinely scary.

Dana Milbank had an item over the weekend, for example, reporting on the conference. He explained that lunatics like Phyllis Schlafly believe Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s ruling forbidding capital punishment for juveniles “is a good ground of impeachment.” Similarly, lawyer-author Edwin Vieira said he draws inspiration from Joseph Stalin: “He had a slogan, and it worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty: ‘no man, no problem,’ ” Vieira said.

I protest! This is grossly unfair to the Taliban! The Taliban studied their Holy Writ assiduously, and strove for theological consistency! Phyllis Schlafly and Edwin Vieira, by contrast, do not know The Gospel According to John:

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?" This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.

But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?"

She said, "No man, Lord."

And Jesus said unto her, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."

Posted by DeLong at April 11, 2005 01:48 PM