Zen Master and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus did an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network recently. It seems that Brody, speaking for evangelical Christians, has some concerns in the wake of the GOP "autopsy" report following a disappointing GOP 2012 general election. The "autopsy" concluded that the GOP needed an image makeover because, other than white males, the party can't seem to attract enough voters to win national elections.
David Brody, and his evangelical Christian audience, are oh-so-worried over what an "image makeover" would look like for the GOP. At the top of the concern list is the fear that the GOP "makeover" will include more calls for tolerance. No kidding....devout followers of Jesus of Nazareth in 21st century America actually fear that their political party of choice will encourage them to be more tolerant of America's "others."....
Brody: "I want to talk to you about this way forward for the GOP. When you use that word ‘intolerant,’ ‘you know we have to be more tolerant’ in what the RNC put out. Evangelicals start to grab the Excedrin bottles when they hear ‘tolerance’ because they think ‘oh no the GOP is changing and the whole gay marriage situation.’ Why don’t you address this and maybe put evangelicals at ease or can you put them at ease at all here?"
No, that is not an excerpt from the Onion. The thought that the Republican Party might have to become a little less intolerant towards specific groups of.....um....voters.....is scaring the bejesus out of the evangelical followers of Jesus. Not to worry, says Reince....
Priebus: "I don’t know if I’ve used the word ‘tolerance,’ I don’t really care for that word myself. I don’t have a problem with it, I just think it has another meaning politically that can go the other direction....."
I mentioned that Priebus was a Zen Master, right? Reince doesn't really care for the word "tolerance" but he doesn't have a problem with the word "tolerance." I guess I can kind of understand why Priebus is ambivalent when it comes to the word "tolerance.". You know, the letters are all arranged funny in the word "tolerance", aren't they? And when you have a name like Reince Priebus......freaking letters, and how they are arranged......is extremely important. But it's not like Reince has a problem with the word "tolerance", he simply doesn't care for the word. This is the guy who the leaders of one of only two national political parties in the world's only Superpower....put in charge of things.
Priebus: "So ‘tolerance,’ maybe some people use that word, what I would tell you, when I think about it, I think about grace, I think about love, I think about respect, and I think those are things that are very square with our beliefs as Christians."
"maybe some people use that word"......but not me, Reince Priebus implies. No, no....."tolerance" is a sneaky, Trojan Horse kind of word, just like the Brilliant Jurist Antonin Scalia said.....first we "tolerate" gay marriage rights and then, whattya know, humans will be marrying their pets next. Yeah, Reince declares, maybe some brave conservative souls use THAT word, but certainly not me......too much of a slippery slope.
So let's talk tolerance, shall we? The Reverend is not afraid of that word. Tolerance is the essence of the American Way. Americans, for the most part, want to live and let live. As long as another citizen's "living" doesn't negatively affect the lives of others.....let live.
But that's not good enough for evangelical Christians who feel like they must always publicly denounce "evil" lest their loving Father-god, Yahweh, burn all of our U.S. asses up in some fiery judgment. Evangelical Christians see it as part of their duty to their god to openly denounce "sin"......for example, like Reverend Fred Phelps does when he protests military funerals by carrying signs declaring a soldier's death is god's act of judgment against a nation "tolerant" to gays. Phelps sees it as his duty to "speak" intolerantly. So do most other evangelicals.
Even though no one in America will ever be forced to marry a gay person, even though a gay married couple have nothing to do with the condition or state of anyone else's marriage, even though no one in America will ever be forced to have an abortion, even though no one in America will ever be forced to use birth control......evangelical Christians who are faithful Republican voters, still fear an imaginary day when their intolerant words and hateful faith-based doctrines will no longer be.....what's the word?.....tolerated.
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