A biiiiiiiiiiiig cut

Politicians often say stupid things. This is news to precisely no one. Some politicians occasionally say very stupid things, the sort late-night talk show hosts make fun of for a few days. Once in a while a politician will say something stupid and offensive, in which case they often resign.

Once in a while, though, a politician will say not one, but several things so profoundly stupid that you skip right over mockery and go straight to pity and bewilderment. Witness the latest: Katherine Harris, who can’t even get Florida Republicans to back her (even after she helped pilfer the 2000 election). She had this to say:

  • Separation of church and state is “a lie we have been told”;
  • Separation of church and state [is] “wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers.”;
  • “If you’re not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin”;

Zowie! Well…it’s obvious she’s trying to a) generate some publicity through controversy, and b) guarantee herself at least the wingnut vote which, in Florida, is not inconsequential. It can’t go anywhere, though; even Florida conservatives won’t go down those roads. She’s down 16-0 in the bottom of the ninth, and she just wants to put one run on the board so she doesn’t get shut out. This is what’s known as “swinging for the fences.”

What might bug me the most is that the immediate reaction was one of “that’s not fair to Jews.” And it wasn’t, certainly, but it’s a little bigger than that, don’t you think? I mean, had she said, “If you’re not electing Christians or Jews, then in essence you are going to legislate sin,” would that have been ok?

All quotes from CNN.


It looks like the Chuck Palahniuk novel Choke is coming to the big screen after all. I’ll be curious to see how much they tone it down.

[tags]katherine harris, wingnut, chuck palahniuk, choke adapted for big screen[/tags]

0 responses to “A biiiiiiiiiiiig cut

  1. Well, she’s right: there certainly isn’t a clear separation of church and state in the US. It’s a farce, the elephant in the room people try to ignore while playing up to it (although usually with more subtlety). Her other statements are therefore logical consequences of her acknowledging the farce. But you’re right, the fact that she seems to have dropped the farce and spoken the “truth” has shocked people. They like being nuts without having to be confronted with the fact.

  2. I disagree with your initial assumption. I don’t think she was calling out the hypocrisy of the situation, she was asking for more hypocrisy. She was bemoaning the fact that there’s too much separation of church and state, not “acknowledging the farce”.

    Regardless, the media reaction to it is laughable…it shows how right you are to call it a farce; they’re not concerned about the separation of church and state, they’re concerned about the separation of particular churches and the state.

  3. Okay, you’re right: her motives for saying what she did do depend on her religious position. She probably does think there’s not enough religion in politics. People like us think there’s too much. But we all think that there is somem, and that church-state separation is a joke. She thinks it’s a joke because it was not what the founding fathers intended, nor what most people want. We think it’s a joke because it’s an easy way of pandering to the religious masses, because it is – in sad fact – what most people want.

    Tricky twists and turns. I’m just glad I don’t live there.

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