I blogged about a Kathleen Parker column in August in which she decried pastor Rick Warren (master of the trite and insipid “purpose-driven” religiosity franchise) setting himself up as the Lord’s anointed arbiter of the 2008 election. Once again, Parker hits the nail on the head and spells out in explicit terms the real problem the GOP faces:

As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. …

To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party.

Parker’s message is extremely unwelcome among the religionazis of the Religious Right — go ahead and see for yourself by scrolling down the page I linked to and seeing the comments of TownHall’s legions of hyperreligious fanatics … you will quickly see no small amount of palpable hatred.

It makes me wonder how all of these people could possibly be expressing so much venom and bile in the name of a tradition that likes to call itself “the Religion of Love.” But hey, what does this godless heathen know … ?

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