125. plenum

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plenum, noun: 1. A full assembly, as a joint legislative assembly. 2. The state or a space in which a gas, usually air, is contained at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure. 3. A space, usually above a ceiling or below a floor, that can serve as a receiving chamber for air that has been heated or cooled to be distributed to inhabited areas. 4. The whole of space regarded as being filled with matter (opposed to vacuum).

As if it wasn’t enough having four middle-aged men jerking off to the sound of their own egos, Franklin Graham (the son of the evangelist and sometime presidential adviser Billy Graham) had to remind people earlier this week that his opinions about anything still count for something.

A few days ago, Rick Santorum decided to call Obama’s religious convictions into question by, of all things, stating that his worldview “elevates the Earth above man,” which is a mind-boggling comment coming from the man who:

  1. Is the only presidential candidate in the history of the United States to have a position on anal sex as part of his political platform;
  2. Wants to elevate his Bronze Age, Judeo-Christian beliefs above the individual rights and liberties of millions of women and minorities; and
  3. Thinks that Satan and his demons are attacking America.

Basically, Rick Santorum is saying that Obama isn’t Puritanical enough, which is funny since we haven’t had proper Puritans in America since, oh, the Revolutionary War. Their influence and their obsession, however, with sexual purity, disapproval of recreation (and all forms of fun), and desire to impose a theocracy on everyone in this country is alive and well to this day.

Franklin Graham, sensing an opportunity to carry on his father’s line of work as charlatan-in-chief to the president, went on MSNBC on Tuesday morning to say that, while he takes Obama at face value for saying that he’s a Christian, he doubts whether Obama has any true Christian faith. He then went on to say that he thinks that “[Rick Santorum] is a man of faith … His values are so clear on moral issues.” Graham also took the opportunity as part of the Obama-Is-An-Islamist-Puppet movement to raise the “Is He A Muslim??” question yet again.

Because we obviously haven’t heard enough about that already.

Graham stated in 2010 that Obama is a Muslim because “the seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother.” Just like being the son of a famous evangelist makes you qualified to speak on matters of national and international importance.

He also thinks that Newt Gingrich, a serial adulterer and fat cat lobbyist (among other things), “could make a good candidate.” (He has obviously not followed Newt’s career, or listened to anything the man has said at any point in his career, let alone recently.) I guess if you show up for church on Sunday and say nice things about your imaginary friend in the sky, that’s all it takes to make you less repulsive of an individual.

First of all, why does the opinion of the son of a Christian evangelist matter one jot on the question of the suitability of a presidential candidate? (And why was Billy Graham ever a presidential adviser?)

Second, how the fuck did religion become the primary issue of this election? Why are we not hearing more about candidates’ stances on important issues like, oh, THE ECONOMY, job creation, Afghanistan, Internet censorship, defense spending, stem cell research, education, health care, energy independence, or the rising issue of Iran as a potential nuclear weapons holder? Those are issues of actual importance that we need to hear about!

What scares me is that many Americans will be voting largely based on their religious beliefs and affiliations in November. They might swing one way on international or fiscal issues, but in the end their pro-life or anti-gay beliefs will win out, and someone like Santorum could actually be elected president of the United States.

Arguing over who’s more Christian is tantamount to arguing over who’s a better Harry Potter or more devoted Twilight fan. You can be as fervent and as fanatical as you want, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s fiction and therefore not in the realm of reality. Supposing we were to reword some of those recent statements about faith:

  • “Obama has said he’s read Breaking Dawn, so I just have to assume that he has.”
  • “Most true fans of the books would not recognize the film adaptations as part of Harry Potter canon.”
  • “No question about it … I think Santorum is on Team Jacob.”
  • “Newt’s been married several times … but he could make a good candidate. I think Newt is a Hufflepuff. At least he told me he is.”

Nobody would take any of that seriously, and rightly thus. So why are we allowing religion to be the dominant issue of this election (aside from the fact that it makes for great ratings and readership)?

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  1. “What scares me is that many Americans will be voting largely based on their religious beliefs and affiliations in November. They might swing one way on international or fiscal issues, but in the end their pro-life or anti-gay beliefs will win out, and someone like Santorum could actually be elected president of the United States.”—I could not agree more. We should be focusing on real issues, instead we have religion and all of these “non-issues” clouding the process. Ridiculous.

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