Being Christian Is No Excuse For Being Stupid

August 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Why does it seem Christian conservatives are more powerful now than in the 1990s?

“To a large extent because Dobson and his gang of thugs are real nasty bullies. I pray devoutly every day, but being a Christian is no excuse for being stupid. There’s a high demagoguery coefficient to issues like prayer in schools. Demagoguery doesn’t work unless it’s dumb, shallow as water on a plate. These issues are easy for the intellectually lazy and can appeal to a large demographic. These issues become bigger than life, largely because they’re easy. There ain’t no thinking.”

  • Dick Armey, former Republican Representative from Texas (1985-2003) and former House Majority Leader (1995-2003). He was also one of the engineers of the “Republican Revolution” of the 1990’s.
  • Source: Excerpt from The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians, and the Battle to Control the Republican Party
  • Context: In the book, Armey was interviewed by Ryan Sager where he was asked about the role of Christian conservatives in the Republican Party. Dobson, who Armey specifically mentions, is a prominent Christian Evangelist. Armey was very critical of the encroachment of the religious Right in Republican politics, but only after he had left office. With the rise of the Tea Party, however, Armey has reconciled with the religious Right in order to raise money for his lobbying organization.
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