Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dueling Fascists

Remember that banjo kid from Deliverance? Well, OK, that's likely not the first thing you remember from Deliverance, but surely he's in the top three. You'll be happy to know he's all grown up now, put down the banjo, gained 280 pounds, moved to Tennessee, and decided to run for governor:
Asked about the "threat invading our country from Muslims," Ramsey first said that he is "all about freedom of religion," proclaiming fealty to the first amendment to the Constitution. But he went on to add that "you cross the line when they start bringing Sharia Law in the state of Tennessee, the United States."

"Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, a cult, whatever you want to call it," Ramsey said. "But certainly we do protect our religions, but at the same time, this is something we are going to have to face."
If only Ramsey had stopped at that Sharia part, I probably wouldn't have needed to write this blog post. But the one thing we know about this Ramsey guy is that he just won't stand down from a challenge -- not when a Yankee challenges him with a guitar, and not when others seek to out-bat-shit him in a political race. You can take the yokel off the backwoods porch in Georgia, but you can't take the Georgia backwoods out of the yokel.

Now they don't know much down there in the backwoods, but they know what they know, and they are even more certain of what they think they know, and they know -- or think they know -- that any "religion" that doesn't begin and end with Jesus is a sleazy cult, or possibly a one-world-government plot, or maybe just a way to meddle in their ways down there. Or something.

It would be merely humorous if this Ramsey fellow didn't actually support Sharia by another name -- the Christian-branded form of it.

(via Ian)

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