Daily Archives: June 27, 2009

Gonzo Fiddles While George Burns, A Year Later

A year ago, I expressed astonishment that movies were doing so well in the middle of a recession. 

Now, Iran is practically in a civil war. Increasing threats of nuclear war by North Korea have reached Catholicity.com.

What are the top news stories today? 

The death of Farrah Fawcett (who, to her credit, apparently received the Last Rites from a Catholic priest before her death).

The death of Michael Jackson, a clown whose biggest credit is having made very insidious, if not outright demonic, music.

The crash of “Twitter” over the Hollywood deaths yesterday (and a couple rumors).

Governor Mark Sanford’s adultery.

Speaking of Sanford, one of the “I don’t want to be right, but I bet this is how it will happen” purposes of this blog is to predict and chronicle the Republican Party going the way of the Whigs in the 1850s. 

Part of me is extremely disappointed that a politician who was being pointed to as a potential bright light in a dying movement has added another nail in the coffin of the Christian Right. 

Part of me is happy to see another nail in the coffin of the GOP.  It will take a complete shift in the party structure to see the tide turn in the Culture Wars.

1.  As long as Christians keep giving our vote to people who talk right and don’t live up to their words, our  causes will only be given lip service and minimal action.

2.  As long as conservative Christians show themselve willing to sell out to the wrong aspects of American conservatism, and neoconservatism in particular, we lose credibility.  When our pundits and politicians preach pro-life and then support torture and unjust wars, and oppose programs that provide financial assistance to struggling families, their claim of being “Christian” rings hollow, and they give fodder to the liberal Christians who compromise on abortion and marriage.

Pray for our country.

Pray for North Korea.

Pray for the media.