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23rd-Dec-2006 09:02 am
Robin Hayes (R-NC) says we will win in Iraq by "spreading the message of Jesus Christ" there.
Robin Hayes has the solution to the Iraq war: have our soldiers convert all Muslims to Christianity.

Having won the election by only a hair’s width and almost getting himself kicked out of Congress seems to have had some profound psychological effects on poor Mr. Hayes. A speech that flip-floppin’ Robin gave last week at the Concord Rotary Club seems to prove he has finally gone off the deep end.

Our local weekly newspaper the “Concord Standard and Mount Pleasant Times” reported on Mr. Hayes speech in his hometown:

First there’s the usual talk of how we’re “winning” over there: “The war in Iraq has got to be won; it’s being won”
(A couple of months ago Hayes said that the rise in violence in Iraq was an indication that we’re winning.)

Then comes the real kicker: “Stability in Iraq ultimately depends on spreading the message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace on earth, good will towards men. Everything depends on everyone learning about the birth of the Savior.”

So if we just turn our soldiers into missionaries everything will be okay, Mr. Hayes?

First we sent our men over there to take out the WMD’s, then it was to “spread democracy”, now you want them there to “spread the message of Jesus Christ”? It so happens that people in Iraq already have a savior but unfortunately for Mr. Hayes it’s Muhammed, not Jesus.

If we can’t keep Muslims from killing each other over there, I don’t think that trying to make them all Christian is going to be any easier.

With this kind of talk Hayes just plays into the hands of Al-Qaeda by confirming what their leaders have always been saying: those American soldiers are just modern Crusaders. He is thereby strengthening the beliefs of terrorists that want to kill every American soldier they come across.
There is not enough deodorant for this story, there really isn't. It reads like a big dose of Ipecac, not unlike the giant gaffe of Virgil Goode , wherein he uses Fundamentalist Christian rhetoric to generalize what is best for us all. This is another elected official making broad, sweeping generalizations to equate the totality of a religious body with its adherents by race or nationality. It screams of idiocy, and yet this fucker was elected into office clearly by people more stupid than he is. Virgil Goode takes the “Fox News” stand; Issues no Apology. More from AP. Goode On Whether There Are ‘Too Many Middle Easterners’ In U.S.: ‘I’m Not Gonna Say Yes Or No’ Asshole!

Then you have other morons, like CNN's Wolf Blitzer (read: asshole apologist extraordinnaire) who blame the swearing in on the Koran 'controversy' on people like Keith Ellison, because he brought it on himself. Had Lieberman chosen to be sworn in on the Talmud, the Kabbalah, the Torah - would the same fervor be made? FYI, Keith Ellison is not an immigrant.

Rahm Emanuel weighs in on Goode.
23rd-Dec-2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
A good article here notes that people have chosen to be sworn in (in whatever non-offical photo-op kind of ceremony they choose to have) on books other than the Bible before.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, elected to the House, used a copy of the Old Testament at her photo op since she is Jewish.

Gordon Smith of Oregon took his oath on a book of Mormon prayer.

So there ya go.

In short: Whatever!

23rd-Dec-2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Seems to me that it would be far more fitting to swear on a copy of the Constitution but what do I know?
23rd-Dec-2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yet another Republican bringing shame to the beautiful state of North Carolina. **silently weeping**
23rd-Dec-2006 05:13 pm (UTC) - I didn't vote for him
Heh, I'm surprised that I have not heard about this being in NC.

I just now found an article from the Charlotte Observer:

After his speech, Hayes revised his comments. He said they were in "the context of spreading Christian principles rather than Christianity."

His spokeswoman, Carolyn Hern, told The Source she did not attend the speech but that she has no reason to doubt the accuracy of Hayes' initial quotes. She blamed Democrats for taking them out of context.

Oh, yeah, like there's a different way to interpret that? Let's see, we have sectarian violence over there and we think adding another religion to the conflict will help pave the way to peace? Fucking stupid. Religion is part of what's tearing Iraq apart.
26th-Dec-2006 03:34 am (UTC) - Robin Hayes
Is certainly welcome to go over and give it the old college try.
If he doesn't get blown up, kidnapped and beheaded, or some other lovely way to die does not occur in his time of converting the heathens, then perhaps he may have a point.
But, that would take more than being able to sit back in his chair behind the desk and mutter utterly stupid things.
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