Thursday, March 23, 2006

Chutzpah, noun

Senator Hillary Clinton yesterday:

Accusing Republicans of betraying family values, Senator Clinton said a House immigration bill would turn "probably even Jesus himself" into a criminal.

A relative latecomer to the charged immigration debate, Mrs. Clinton yesterday spoke passionately to a gathering of a broad spectrum of New York's immigrant leaders. Her comments come amid a local groundswell of activity in preparation for a Senate vote Monday that is expected to determine the nature of immigration reform. ...

Mrs. Clinton, who previously said the bill would move America toward a "police state," also invoked biblical language yesterday. "It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures," Mrs. Clinton said, "because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan."

You know what I find ironic? I constantly hear people complaining about the "religious right," how we want to establish a theocracy, how we keep dragging religion into politics, where it doesn't belong.

Yet here you have Hillary using the Bible (however poor her understanding of it) as justification for political strategy. I recall many an instance of her and her husband preaching the gospel of the DNC from the pulpits of churches during election cycles. Where is their condemnation? Or is religion only forbidden to the conservatives?

Hat tip to Captain's Quarters and the Church Sign Generator.

1 comment:

Aeryn said...

While I don't agree with bringing the bible or religion into governmental process anywhere, there is a complete difference between what she did here (in the snippet that you used) and what brings the ire and condemnation of the poor republicans that do the same. (Of course I'm certain you can find examples on both sides of the board to the contrary, but this is a blog entry microview)

That being that she didn't say "The BIIIIIBLE says you shouldn't outlaaaahw the hiiiring of immigrants naaaaaay you should imbraaaahce them in the spiiiiirit of brooohtahhood"

In fact, if you want to get picky, good for her in attempting bring her arguement into a realm of language that her opponents can relate to. ;)