Yesterday on NPR’s All Things Considered, I heard a story about a coalition of conservative women’s groups that threw a banquet in support of John Ashcroft’s nomination for attorney general. I think you can find a link to the audio file here:
Unfortunately, I don’t have speakers on my PC, so I can’t listen to the file and transcribe this exactly, but please be assured that I am not exaggerating in this paraphrase. (Perhaps some nice person who does have speakers can transcribe the comment for me.) One woman said, about Ashcroft’s opponents, that she felt like lunging across the table and tearing their throats out with her teeth. . . but, she said, there’s a book that prevents her from doing that. The book, the reporter helpfully tells us, is the Bible.
Well, now. She isn’t stopped by the belief in a free exchange of ideas. No. She isn’t stopped by a respect for the opinions of all people, even those who disagree with her. Nope. She isn’t stopped by an inherent and universal respect for the sanctity of human life. No-sirree. She is not stopped by her mother’s voice telling her that it’s not nice to bite people. Uhn-uh. She isn’t stopped by the fact that having the cartilage from someone’s windpipe stuck between her teeth might make her smile less attractive.
She’s prevented from ripping someone’s throat out with her teeth by. . .
Well, all I can say is, thank Gawd for the Bible, then, if it’s the only thing that keeps rabid conservatives from committing viscous and inhuman attacks against any person who dares to oppose their political goals. Thank Gawd. (No wonder the religious right thinks you can’t have morality without religion–they don’t have it, so why would anyone else?)