Republicans Don’t Get Irony

Wow. Riley, Not O’Reilly over at Virginia Virtucon, talking about the gubernatorial race in LA:

Instead, they’d rather misrepresent GOP gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal’s writings and beliefs as a Catholic, claiming that he is anti-Protestant.

Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, a watchdog group, called the commercial a “scurrilous smear” job.

. . .

Bob Mann, a former strategist for Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who isn’t running for re-election in the Oct. 20 primary, said the ad distracts from more important topics in the governor’s race, like hurricane recovery, health care and education.

That’s because they have nothing to offer but fear itself, Bob.

Who takes Bill Donohue seriously anymore? The man is a vile religious demagogue known for radical right wing extremism.

But let’s take a look at the sweet, sweet irony:

That’s because they have nothing to offer but fear itself, Bob.

The Democrats offering fear. What reality is Riley living in? Obviously one in which Fox News, Bush, Cheney, and the whole Republican establishment simply do not exist. Every other word out of their mouths has been 9/11 this, smoking gun that, mushroom cloud, another Vietnam, terrorist attacks, weapons of mass destruction, etc etc. The Republican party “won” the 2004 elections running on pure fear factor power.

Pointing out religious hate speech by directly quoting a politician isn’t a smear job. We are dealing with a hack job when it comes to the article Riley cites, by (Melinda Deslatte (AP) at My Way News):

“He wrote articles that insulted thousands of Louisiana Protestants,” the narrator says.

A review of Jindal’s writings on Catholicism, however, show his positions on faith to be more nuanced than the ad suggests.

Oh? What nuance would that be?

In a 1996 article for New Oxford Review, a Roman Catholic magazine, Jindal talks of the Catholic religion as the true Christian faith and refers to a “scandalous series of divisions and new denominations” of religions since the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century.

But he also wrote of the binding ties of Christianity and says the Catholic Church must incorporate the “spirit-led movements” of other Christian faiths.

That’s it. That’s the evidence that the quotes are somehow misrepresentative. Because he says the one true Christian faith should “incorporate the spirit-led movements of other Christian faiths”. Why this excuses him is left out. Melinda also neglects to respond to the quote from the ad itself: “scandalous, depraved, selfish and heretical.”. Did he or did he not call Protestants that? And if so, why not run an ad detailing this? I’d want to know if someone running for office thought their religion was the only true faith, and all others were “depraved”.

(update: forgot to add the link at the top.)


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