Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Christofascist "Golden Boy" Is Back: Ralph Reed Sets His Sights On A Kinder, Gentler Coalition


The man once dubbed the “right hand of God” by Time magazine is returning to lead Christians everywhere along the "right" political path.
“This is not going to be your daddy’s Christian Coalition,” Reed said in an interview to describe his new venture, the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “It has to be younger, hipper, less strident, more inclusive and it has to harness the 21st century that will enable us to win in the future.”
"It's got to be more brown, more black, more female, and younger. It's critical that we open the door wide and let them know if they share our values and believe in the principles of faith and marriage and family, they're welcome." Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Sounds harmless. But think: Who's Faith and Who's Freedom? I wonder what Tony Perkins will say? This country can't handle TWO politicos who get their orders directly from God.

Of course, I looked up Reed in wikipedia and found these tidbits:
  • In college, Reed wrote a column for The Red & Black student newspaper attacking the late Mohandas K. Gandhi. Titled "Gandhi: Ninny of the 20th Century." He was accused of plagiarism and had to resign his post.
  • He INTERNED for Jack Abramoff as early as 1981.
  • In 1987, Reed was accused of rigging an election for president of the College Republicans (Univ. of Georgia)
  • Reed's "born again" experience happened in, of all places, a Washington D.C. bar. He said "the Holy Spirit simply demanded me to come to Jesus". (What a crock - of Ages - sorry - couldn't resist it.)
  • In 1985, Reed got righteously arrested along with his compatriots during an Operation Rescue picket.
  • Reed was hired as executive director of the Christian Coalition by Pat Robertson. He led CC from 1989 until CC Reed led the organization from 1989 to 1997, achieving national prominence which included an appearance on the cover of TIME. He resigned and moved to Georgia after federal prosecutors began investigating allegations by the Christian Coalition's chief financial officer, Judy Liebert. At this point, the group's finances were collapsing, and the IRS and Federal Election Commission were investigating it.

Infamous Reed quote (the one he'll have to live down the rest of his life)

"I want to be invisible. I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag." -Ralph Reed (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, November 9, 1991)
Another that smacks of just a little bit of hypocrisy:
"Calling gays 'perverts' or announcing that AIDS is 'God's judgment' on the gay community is not consistent with our Christian call to mercy. " (Active Faith)"
"Hey, now that I’m done with the electoral politics, I need to start humping in corporate accounts! I’m counting on you to help me with some contacts." - Ralph Reed to Jack Abramoff in an email messaged dated November 1998, several days after the general election (Washington Post, June 22, 2005)
And ABOUT Reed:
"I used to tell people he was going to be either President of the United States or Al Capone. Whatever he did, he was really good at it." - his mother, Marcy Reed
"He's a baby-faced assassin. He's silky smooth, butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, but he's a vicious guy."
-Former NH Republican Senator Warren Rudman

For years, Tony Perkins has taken up where Reed left off. How will Perkins react? Will he be willing to pass the helm of his ship to someone else?


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