Goldwater on the religious right (hint: he didn’t like them)

I kind of wish Barry Goldwater were still around:

Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.

When you say “radical right” today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party, and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye.

The big thing is to make this country, along with every other country in the world with a few exceptions, quit discriminating against people just because they’re gay. You don’t have to agree with it, but they have a constitutional right to be gay. And that’s what brings me into it.

Having spent 37 years of my life in the military as a reservist, and never having met a gay in all of that time, and never having even talked about it in all those years, I just thought, why the hell shouldn’t they serve? They’re American citizens. As long as they’re not doing things that are harmful to anyone else… So I came out for it.

I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in “A,” “B,” “C” and “D.” Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.”

14 responses to “Goldwater on the religious right (hint: he didn’t like them)

  1. Amen, Moe. Amen.

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    • Aren’t you supposed to be at a baseball game or something? (Hi JP, nice to see you)

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      • Moe I read ALL your posts. I only comment on some of them because I have to sign into this wordpress to do it and it’s such a pain in the butt.

        #firstworldproblems

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        • I’m thrilled. It’s nice to know you’re still out there – what’s the hashtag thingee? Is that a Twitter name? I’m not quite up on Twitter protocol

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          • Hey Moe,
            #firstworldproblems is an internet joke that takes into account how easy we have it in the 1st world compared to 3rd world countries.

            My comment of being too lazy to sign into wordpress to comment because it takes more than 10 seconds, can be compared to an African who has to walk 5 miles everyday to go to school or miles on end to get freshwater. I guess #lazyamerican would have been better.

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          • I should have seen that – blame my age. An oxymoron extraordinaire!

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  2. What a wonderful find!

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  3. A true conservative.

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  4. Do you have a date and/or context for this quote? It’s terrific.

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  5. Ditto to Ed’s previous comment.

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  6. Excellent. I may have to share …

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