Republican County Chair Blasts “Christian Fascists”

The Sioux City (Iowa) Journal quotes a Republican County Chairman in Iowa as blasting the religious right, describing them as “Christian fascists.” I’m not surprised that the GOP thumpin’ this week is leading some Republicans to question their association with the religions right. You cannot simultaneously claim to be the party of small government and individual liberty while promoting the use of government to intervene in intimate details of individual’s lives. County Chairman Steve Salem had the following to say:

A day after the Democratic sweep of the midterm elections, Woodbury County Republican Chairman Steve Salem had harsh words for his own party, lambasting the influence of the conservative Christian right wing.

Salem said he coined a new phase: “You’ve heard of IslamaFascists — I think we now have Christian fascists. What is the definition of a fascist? Not only do they want to beat you, but they want to destroy you in the process.”

Salem said “if things keep going the way things are going locally and statewide, it is going to be more and more difficult for Republicans to recruit candidates. We have elements of the party who are moral absolutists, who take the approach that if you don’t take my position every step of the way, not only will I not support you, but I will destroy you.” [snip]

Salem said he’s going public with his views in order to ultimately help the party.

Said Salem, “I think that the Republican Party needs to do a huge self-analysis and determine if we are going to learn from our mistakes or if we are going to repeat the same mistakes, which, if we do, we are going to continue to lose elections. … Personally, I don’t know how we could have done much worse in this election cycle. That should be a wake-up call to this party.”

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    AriontheBlue says:

    The Pagan Community has been acutely aware of the ChristoFacists since the Reagan era. They bring a dangerous, fanatical element to public discourse, and actively push a de facto Christian theocracy in the face of . . . well, the 21st century. Be warned: by being entangled with the Republican Party, some control can be exerted on them before they get into mischeif. Should the GOP shed it’s pearly evangelical glow in favor of Country Clubs and Corporations, not only will the CFs radicalize, they will be answerable to no-one. That might could be some trouble, later on, even if it makes our national debate more civil on the front end.

    Just a thought.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    AriontheBlue,

    Interesting thought, but I also fear that, while the Republicans might partially restrain the religious right, and they only give the religious right part of what they want, the Republicans also enable the religious right. If not for seeking the support of the religious right, we wouldn’t have restrictions on funding for embryonic stem cell research or all those anti-gay marriage ammendments. If the religious right was on their own without a political party, it is possible they would become even more radical, but they would also lack a means to enforce their beliefs on others.

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    kj says:

    “You cannot simultaneously claim to be the party of small government and individual liberty while promoting the use of government to intervene in intimate details of individual’s lives.”

    As usual Ron, you get right to the heart of the hypocrisy. 🙂

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