Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Go Dick Armey

This is quite a shock. Dick Armey, a former Congressman who was always on the side of the religious right, is now out of politics and telling the truth:

In the interview, Armey responded pointedly when Sager asked why he thought Christian conservatives seemed more powerful now than in the 1990s.

“To a large extent, because Dobson and his gang of thugs are real nasty bullies,” Armey said. “I pray devoutly every day, but being a Christian is no excuse for being stupid. There’s a high demagoguery coefficient to issues like prayer in schools. Demagoguery doesn’t work unless it’s dumb . . . These issues are easy for the intellectually lazy and can appeal to a large demographic.”

Truer words are rarely spoken.

Comments

  1. #1 Russell Miller
    September 29, 2006

    Unfortunately, religion encourages intellectual laziness. I know a few Christians who think for themselves, but not many. Most are content to sit at church every Sunday and let their preacher tell them what to think.

    Please note I said “most”. I know that there are a few who don’t behave that way. If you’re one of them, great, I’m not talking about you.

  2. #2 James Allen
    September 29, 2006

    While thats great and all, it doesn’t really accomplish much like it could have if he had taken a stand while in politics. Active politicians need to start standing up to these guys

  3. #3 SharonB
    September 29, 2006

    Wow, folks. You should really read the link Ed supplied. Once again the SS Dobson goes into full damage control mode. It’s quite the hit piece on Armey, with all the predictable “he’s a fraud,” “he was really never really committed to the movement,” “He’s just bitter,” knives you might expect the kristian reich to stab Armey in the back with.

    Oh, and the obligatory boot-licking from Tom Coburn, reliable senatorial sycophant ‘Oh, Dr. Dobson is such a great manly man.’ Bleah.

  4. #4 MJ Memphis
    September 29, 2006

    Isn’t Dobson the one who talked about slapping his wiener-dog around because it wasn’t respecting his authority?

  5. #5 CaptainMike
    September 29, 2006

    “Isn’t Dobson the one who talked about slapping his wiener-dog around because it wasn’t respecting his authority?” -MJ Memphis

    Please tell me this is a reference to his penis.

  6. #6 kehrsam
    September 29, 2006

    Having entered politics in the Jesse Helms era here in NC, I’ve always had to have some respect for politicians I never agreed with but who were at least consistent in their principles. Dick Armey was always one I liked (Vin Weber, Bob Barr — why are all these guys out of politics?), in that he never really wrapped himself up in either his religion or the flag, although he made it clear where he stood on both.

    And if Dobson isn’t a bullying arm-twister, why did the White House think it was so important to get him on board the Harriet Myers nomination last year?

  7. #7 MJ Memphis
    September 29, 2006

    “Please tell me this is a reference to his penis.”

    Sadly, no, I just looked it up. Google “Dobson dachshund”. Short story, he felt the need to chase the family’s 12-lb miniature dachshund with a belt because it wanted to sleep on a furry toilet-seat rather than in its kennel.

  8. #8 mark
    September 29, 2006

    From the article:

    “Dr. Dobson has done more to advance the cause of moral excellence than anybody I know in this county,” Coburn said.

    HakkafcoffHorseshit!
    Yeah, just about as much as Pat Robertson with his fatwahs.

  9. #9 Bill Jarrell
    September 29, 2006

    I don’t understand why Dobson didn’t lose credibility with conservative Christians when he recommended fathers taking showers with their sons as a means of “gay proofing” their sons?

  10. #10 Steve Reuland
    September 29, 2006

    Wow, folks. You should really read the link Ed supplied.

    Yeah, what I liked best about it was that they vindicated pretty much everything that Armey said. Anyone who expresses a negative opinion about them gets smeared.

  11. #11 Phobos
    September 29, 2006

    SharonB is right. Their defenses are just proving his point.

  12. #12 SharonB
    September 29, 2006

    And doncha just love the Dobsonite, “an attack on Dr. D is an attack on all of us Christians!” ruse.

    The man has the thinnest skin.

  13. #13 Lettuce
    September 30, 2006

    The author of the Contract On America, Armey is the guy who called Barney Frank “Barney Fag”. Speaking of smearing people.

    I wonder what the real deal is between Armey and Dobson.

    In “The Glory of Their Times”, Ty Cobb was described by a contemporary as “a real gem of a prick.” That describes both of these worthies.

  14. #14 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    October 2, 2006

    “I think he became very bitter when many of us backed Steve Largent,” Souder said. “He’s never been the same since. I think that’s a more plausible explanation than that he was a fraud from the beginning.”

    I love how there has to be some ulterior motive / revenge motivation. This is where they come from, the truth matters none, it’s all about your motives.

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