Just got word that Jerry Falwell will not in fact be given the honor (if one can call it that) of giving the opening invocation at the RNC tomorrow. Instead, the responsibility will fall to Sheri Dew, who had this to say in a recent speech:
At first it may seem a bit extreme to imply a comparison between the atrocities of Hitler and what is happening in terms of contemporary threats against the family -— but maybe not. I just turned 50 years old, and I have never married. That was not my intention, and it has not been my choice. When someone asks me why I have never married, the simple and truthful answer is that nobody has ever asked me. Nonetheless, when I speak about the family, I have a deep, profound and abiding belief that the family is absolutely ordained of God, that it is part of His plan for His children, that marriage is supposed to be between a male and a female, and that children deserve to be born to and raised by two parents, father and mother. That is the ideal.
Is this the Republican Party's official position? Support for legal gay marriage = support for Hitler? (Why didn't they just ask Rick Santorum to do it, or did they think "support for legal gay marriage = support for Osama bin Laden" just wasn't quite extreme enough?)
All through the Democratic convention, the Repubs were pissing and moaning about how the Dems were just putting on a big show and what people saw "wasn't the real Democratic Party." But I, for one, can't wait to see just how the Republicans are going to try to snow people into believing that they don't hate gay people, they don't actually want to take away women's right to choose, and oh yeah, black people love us! What a marvelous bit of political theatre that should turn out to be.