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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Apologize? Schmapologize! 

Senate candidate unapologetic for saying GOP hijacked by fanatics
Ohio's Republican leader wants Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hackett to apologize for calling some conservative Republicans religious fanatics and comparing them to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Hackett was unapologetic Tuesday for the comments in a newspaper story, saying religious fanatics of any flavor should be ashamed.

"I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it," he said.

Hackett said in a Sunday column in The Columbus Dispatch: "The Republican Party has been hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren't a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world."


Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett said Hackett should apologize, saying his comments applied to any "people of faith" and, therefore, most Ohioans.

"These intolerant views have no place in the public debate, and I hope his fellow Democrats reject this divisive hate speech," Bennett said, while calling on Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern to condemn the remarks.


Hackett said Pat Robertson, a television evangelist and former GOP presidential candidate, is an example of the kind of Republican he was criticizing. Robertson called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent stroke was divine punishment for ceding the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority.
Robertson later apologized for the remarks.
Osama bin Laden lives in an era where fundamentalism in the Islamic world is at the same kind of place that Christian fundamentalism was during the middle ages. It's not unrealistic, in my opinion to compare him to - say - Torquemada. And it is also not unrealistic to suggest that were these the dark ages now, Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell would be the same kind of Christian fundamentalists.

There certainly have been many right-wingers who have advocated for nuking Iraq and Afghanistan. I'd call that kind of over-reaction comparable to the Islamic terrorism they claim to loathe. So I would have to say that Hacket is exacty correct.
The ravings of a lunatic!!!!!!!!!!!! Your garbage is so hateful, so negative. You must be a sad, miserable person. My oh my. Just reading your rantings makes me want to slit my throat. You could probably make the pope commit suicide.
So what I wrote was hateful garbage, but what you wrote in response to what I wrote was - what exactly - helpful critique?
Only if you take it.
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