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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Pat Robertson: judges worse than 9/11 terrorists

On Sunday morning, Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson told TV viewers nation-wide that the threat posed by liberal judges is "probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings." When an incredulous George Stephanopoulos asked if Robertson really believed that these judges posed "the most serious threat America has faced in nearly 400 years of history, more serious than al Qaeda, more serious than Nazi Germany and Japan, more serious than the Civil War?," he responded, "George, I really believe that." [1]

(Of course, I got this info. from MoveOn.org, and we all know that, as a group of politically-biased liberals who hate America, they just make things up. So you should not trust them.)

(Instead, you should click here to watch Robertson say this on video. It's also, apparently, in his book "Courting Disaster."

Other not-quite-so-insane-but-still-idiotic-and-disturbing remarks of late:

The Republican leader of the House of Representatives responded to rulings in the Terri Schiavo case, by saying ominously: "The time will come for the men responsible for this to pay for their behavior." [3]

In previous remarks on the subject, DeLay has said, "Judges need to be intimidated," adding that if they don't behave, "we're going to go after them in a big way." [4]

A Republican Senator from Texas directly connected the "spate of courthouse violence lately" to his view that unpopular decisions might be the explanation. "I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions, yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds and builds to the point where some people engage in violence." [5]

(Yes, Cornyn did add that killing judges was "certainly without justification"; but that's not exactly what the rest of his remarks imply.)

The Chief of Staff for another Republican senator called for "mass impeachment" by using the bizarre right-wing theory that the president can declare that any judge is no longer exhibiting "good behavior," adding that, "then the judge's term has simply come to an end. The President gives them a call and says: Clean out your desk. The Capitol police will be in to help you find your way home.'" [6]

Tony Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council, who hosted a speech by the Senate Majority Leader last Sunday has said, "There's more than one way to skin a cat, and there's more than one way to take a black robe off the bench." [7]

James Dobson who heads Focus on the Family focused his anger on the 9th circuit court of appeals: "Very few people know this, that the Congress can simply disenfranchise a court. They don't have to fire anybody or impeach them or go through that battle. All they have to do is say the 9th circuit doesn't exist anymore, and it's gone." [8]

Edwin Vieira (at the "Confronting the Judicial War on Faith" conference) said his "bottom line" for dealing with the Supreme Court comes from Stalin: "He had a slogan, and it worked very well for him whenever he ran into difficulty: 'no man, no problem.'" [9]

(The full quote is "Death solves all problems: no man, no problem." This at a supposedly Christian conference on "Confronting the Judicial War on Faith." Jesus would be proud. He also said that Justice Kennedy's philosophy "upholds Marxist, Leninist, satanic principles drawn from foreign law." Ah, it makes sense now, no?)

I don't know much of anything about Justice Kennedy; but I do find it infinitely amusing that he was appointed by REAGAN. I guess that's just how far-right these people are now; even a Reagan appointee is a "Marxist/Leninist." (Oh, and don't forget "Satanist." That's crucial.)

The director of Operation Rescue alleged that “the courts of this land have become a tool, in the hands of the devil, by which the culture of death has found access,” and failed presidential and Senate candidate Alan Keyes declared that “the judiciary is the focus of evil” in the country today.

In a lengthy April newsletter, James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, compared the courts’ actions to Nazism: “It is eerily similar to what the Nazis did in the 1930s. They began by ‘euthanizing’ the mentally retarded, and from there, it was a small step to mass murder.” A short time later, Dobson went on to compare the Supreme Court to the Ku Klux Klan:

I heard a minister the other day talking about the great injustice and evil of the men in white robes, the Ku Klux Klan, that roamed the country in the South, and they did great wrong to civil rights and to morality. And now we have black-robed men, and that's what you're talking about.


[1] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=719

[2] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=715

[3] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=714

[4] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=716

[5] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=713

[6] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=717

[7] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=718

[8] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=712

[9] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=711


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