Friday, May 20, 2005

Currie Challenges Scarborough

Today's Houston Chronicle has printed a story about SBC Texas pastor Rick Scarborough and the national attention he has attracted to get evangelical Christians behind the right wing assault on the judiciary. The article quotes David Currie, Coordinator of the National Mainstream Network:

Scarborough has a contentious history with David R. Currie, the executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, an anti-fundamentalist group that won a war with Scarborough over the direction of the Texas Baptist General Convention. Scarborough ran for the convention's presidency in 1996 and lost to a more moderate candidate. He was a key figure two years later when conservatives left the group to form their own convention.

Scarborough said recently that he regrets the rift with moderate Baptists because he would like to "get men on both sides of that divide involved" in his new cause.

"I think he's a very dangerous man," said Currie, also a former pastor and a devout Baptist, in a recent interview. "That whole 'Christian nation' movement is attempting to undermine the absolute strength and genius of this country, and that's the First Amendment."

"To make judges a religious issue is ludicrous," Currie continued.

Kudos to Currie and other Mainstream Baptists in Texas who will stand up for separation of church and state.


grandma1 said...

I'm glad someone besides you is in the battle.

Dr. Mike Kear said...

The Washington Post quotes Scarborough as saying, "One of my goals in life is to give the Republican Party courage."

Courage to do what? To bring the nation to it's knees by mixing extreme religious foundamentalism and neo-fascist ideology (in my humble opinion).

Anonymous said...

No... Courage to save the country from the extreme leftists who are in many courts across the country.

Frederick Clarkson said...

Do you mean the extreme leftists of the far religious right ?

A friend of mine is one of the world's leading scholars on Soviet propaganda of the early 20th Century, and he likens the bevavior, language, and tactics of the American nationalist and religious supremacist right to those of Stalin's Soviet Party. Some on the far right, indeed, brag of studying and worshipping Mao and Lenin.

So, yes. You are correct : the extreme leftists of the far right are promoting their brand of radical judicial activism from many courts in the country.

When did this happen ? When did the far right become the radical left ?

Greek Shadow said...

In this corner, ladies and gentlemen is the extreme left. Our tag team wrestling match features Jaques Robespierre, Vladimir Lennin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong. Pitted against thier extreme right foes, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Idi Amin, Ayatollah Kuommeni (sp), Fransisco Franco, Saddam Hussein.
And the winner is: (Drum Roll) Why the extreme right of course, at least they get the trains to run on time.