One would think the Republican party in the US — as fractured as it is by contests over who its spokesmen are and what it should stand for, not to mention it being handicapped by the fact that it’s now only a minority party at the federal level — would have better things to do with its time, than find a new enemy against whom it can declare war.

But that’s not the case, as reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Over the weekend, the Republican Party worked overtime to secure its place as the last bastion of religious and political Know-nothingism. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee headlined the “Rediscovering God in America” conference at a Virginia Beach church. …

“I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history,” Mr. Gingrich said in a speech broadcast live over God TV, an evangelical Web site. “We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism.”

Interesting. I wasn’t aware that the US was “surrounded” by paganism. Our neighbors to the north in Canada are majority-Christian, and most of Mexico is not only Christian, but specifically Roman Catholic.

So there’s not much paganism to the north or south.

Suffice it to say, I’m not sure exactly where all these teeming pagan hordes that Gingrich and Huckabee think are are assailing America, are coming from. Perhaps they exist only in the cavernous vaults of their own heads? Or perhaps they’re just a delusion, derived from their Christian persecution complex?

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