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Wednesday, June 22, 2005  

What’s With the Persecution Fantasies?

Why do so many, even an increasing number of, Republicans detest people of faith who don’t share their party affiliation?

The latest case in point, just the most recent of a rapidly growing list: the heretofore and otherwise deservedly obscure Rep. John Hostettler, the right-wing Republican occupying the seat reserved for the eighth congressional district of Indiana, encompassing the southwest corner of the state.

Rep. Hostettler on Monday stood on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to charge Democrats -- writ large -- with “denigrating and demonizing Christians.”

To this specious lunacy the lawmaker added the accusation that there exists a “long war on Christianity in America [that] continues unabated with aid and comfort to those who would eradicate any vestige of our Christian heritage being supplied by the usual suspects, the Democrats.”

[Rep. Hostettler’s full “denigrating and demonizing” quote reads, according to the Washington Post (“GOP Congressman Calls Democrats Anti-Christian,” by Mike Allen, June 21): “‘Like a moth to a flame, Democrats can’t help themselves when it comes to denigrating and demonizing Christians,’ he said.”]

In what non-existent alternative universe does this “long war on Christianity” exist?

Surely I’m not the only Christian who is sick and tired of these clowns and their bizarre persecution fantasies. Or am I?

If you haven’t been following Rep. Hostettler’s crazed antics, the Post’s Allen provides this helpful reminder:

Hostettler was in the news last year when he took a registered Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun to Louisville International Airport as he was preparing to board a flight to Washington. The congressman, who said he had forgotten he had placed the gun in the briefcase, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and received a suspended sentence.

Hmm . . . that story sounds strangely familiar.

The first reader who can name the prominent cable news anchorman whose wife pulled a similar stunt, with the very same “I forgot” excuse, will win, well, whatever fame this little blog can bestow upon so astute a reader.

Your guess is welcome here.

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