We always knew that U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris was anti-democratic, but we now also know she is a demented theocrat who has gone off the deep end. Speaking to the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention, Harris all but endorsed a Christian version of the Taliban in America
Harris said that God did not intend for the United States to be a "nation of secular laws" and that a failure to elect Christians to political office will allow lawmaking bodies to "legislate sin.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, said she was "disgusted" by the comments "and deeply disappointed in Rep. Harris personally." Harris, Wasserman Schultz said, "clearly shows that she does not deserve to be a representative...."
State Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, demanded an apology, saying the statements were "outrageous, even by her standards."
"What is going through this woman's mind?" said Slosberg who, like Wasserman Schultz, is Jewish. "We do not live in a theocracy."
The criticism was not limited to Democrats.
Ruby Brooks, a veteran Tampa Bay Republican activist, said Harris' remarks "were offensive to me as a Christian and a Republican."
"To me, it's the height of hubris," said Brooks, a former Largo Republican Club president and former member of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee.
Harris said her religious beliefs "animate" everything she does, including her votes in Congress. She then warned voters that if they do not send Christians to office, they risk creating a government that is doomed to fail.
"If you are not electing Christians, tried and true, under public scrutiny and pressure, if you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," she told interviewers, citing abortion and gay marriage as two examples of that sin.
"Whenever we legislate sin," she said, "and we say abortion is permissible and we say gay unions are permissible, then average citizens who are not Christians, because they don't know better, we are leading them astray and it's wrong. . . ."
Harris also said the separation of church and state is a "lie we have been told" to keep religious people out of politics.
In reality, she said, "we have to have the faithful in government" because that is God's will. Separating religion and politics is "so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers," she said. (If this is a the case, God can't stand Harris who is tanking in the polls and can't even gain support of the very Bush family she helped propel into the presidency.)
"And if we are the ones not actively involved in electing those godly men and women," then "we're going to have a nation of secular laws. That's not what our founding fathers intended and that's [sic] certainly isn't what God intended.
I was almost (almost) starting to feel sorry for Harris... it seems like she's such a figure of scorn and that everything that could go wrong in her campaign, has gone wrong and then some. Yikes, though, now as I read this, it seems like she pretty much deserves everything bad that happens to her.
posted by gsingjane, at
8/27/2006 8:26 AM
She even has that glazed-over stepford whack-job look that many christbots have. I guess miss 'christian' forgot about the 'thou shalt not steal' part when she helped steal the election from Gore and give it to that good lying, stealing, war-mongering corrupt, homophobic, 'christian' bush. Her 'rising star' has turned, like Pluto, into a dwarf planet and soon it will be just a burned out asteroid. Laugh!!
posted by Anonymous, at
8/27/2006 8:32 AM
The Palm Beach Post revealed that Harris had spent time in Switzerland at Francis Schaeffer's L'Abri. That's where she gets her anti-democratic nonsense from. And after I read that, I knew deep in my heart that K. Harris is a first-class wackaloon and should not be elected to dogcatcher, much less Senator.
posted by Mirele, at
8/27/2006 11:37 AM
Actually, this goes a lot deeper than a few bone-headed remarks. Harris has shown her stripes as a 'Dominionist'. Christian 'Dominionists' (Reconstructionalists, Theonomists) have largely usurped the local level political apparatus of the Republican Party, and are engaged in a sub rosa process to politically motivate moderate Christians under the false cover of religious issues such as morality and family values. The goal is nothing less than the takeover of all elective offices in the USA.
Their doctrine comes from the Bible, starting with the term 'dominion' at Genesis 1:28... “And God said unto them, [Adam and Eve] Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have DOMINION… over every living thing.” They interpret DOMINION as: “... a supremacy in determining and directing the actions of others or in governing politically, socially, or personally.”
They want to remake the USA as a theocracy... and they are succeeding.
For more info, see: http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/HistoryOfReconstructionMovement.html
posted by DuckPhup, at
8/31/2006 1:14 PM