Christine O’ Donnell has been on my mind alot lately.You can’t escape her if you watch the news. She reminds me so much of the active Christian women I saw in church and ministries growing up–cutesy, business dress, moral outrage at sex and “protecting the children,” and in charge of multiple committees and fundraisers. I think the liberal side of the media has been surprised that this type of woman is fairly mainstream which has caused them to scratch their heads at their acceptance by conservative Christians. Sarah Palin set the precedent and O’ Donnell is following in her footsteps.
What they say may be “crazy” to me it is nothing new. For example, the quote from O’ Donnell that masturbation is the same as adultery or fornication. Per the Huffington Post, she said, “It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, you also have to be be abstinent alone. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery, so you can’t masturbate without lust.”
This is what conservative Christians believe! I was taught this growing up though my family never touched on it. There was even a Christian Punk Band called “Lust Control”that had a song about masturbation and I remember reading in a handful of Christian music magazines that many “hip” Christian youth espoused this view. To me it is no surprise to hear it from O’ Donnell’s pouty lips, the only difference is that she has a public forum. She is one of two women who are the face of conservative Christianity in the Republican party. If you think the Tea Party subset of Republicanism is fringe concerning religious and social beliefs, you’re wrong. As far as religion goes these are widely held views that just haven’t made their way amongst the talking heads.
My problem with the Republican Party is that to me it is sad that Christians buy into these two women as their representatives. They are both female versions of George Bush–in other words, they’re stupid. I don’t say that lightly because I rarely call someone stupid, but I don’t know how else to describe these people. They are not thinking individuals which is why faith comes so easily to them. I know there are smarter Christians in the party but it seems the figureheads have to be dumbed down to be accepted. And if Christians were honest they would have to admit that appearance seems to be a factor here. O’ Donnell and Palin display the typically desired Christian women by white male Christians. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to play a race card it’s just that these women almost seem to be designed by the Christian pop culture–that clean “Leave It To Beaver” in her Sunday best that organized the potluck after the sermon. I swear to friggin’ Christ they are ripped right out of my church-going past, it’s uncanny.
Here is the really scary part. I posted a video from Politically Incorrect below where the question is brought up if a “lie” is always bad. The example is given of a person hiding Jews from Nazis. Christine O’ Donnell basically says that she would tell the truth to the Nazis that she was indeed hiding Jews because God would protect her. Think that’s crazy? I heard that same discussion in Bible College when I was foolishly trying to be a youth pastor and a young lady said the exact same thing. Again, people like O’ Donnell can’t understand context or complexity–but you have to give her credit for her faith. Most Christians use reason to answer such a question and skirt around the faith issue because I don’t think they really have much faith that God would save the day–after all God didn’t do shit to save Jewish people from the death camps, it took Americans and Russians to pound Germany into the ground and then we found out about the atrocities.
Imagine a leader like O’ Donnell who would base her policy decisions off of such simple minded thinking? Imagine Palin as President of the United States. Christians may be right that the apocalypse is coming–but it will be caused by their leadership.
Huffington Post has a selection of the craziest things O’ Donnell has said. I think what is crazier is to realize that many Americans agree with what she’s saying. As we say on Freethunk, “You’re not crazy, they are!”
BTW: Do you think it’s wrong to jerk off to Christine O’ Donnell?