Sunday, November 13, 2005

Two Quotes on Exporting Democracy to the Middle East

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Last week, voters in Dover, Pennsylvania unseated school board members who supported the teaching of “intelligent design.” On his tv program, The 700 Club, Marion Gordon (Pat) Robertson warned Doverites not to expect any help from god should disaster befall them in the future:

I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God; you just rejected Him from your city. And don’t wonder why He hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. And I’m saying — I'm not saying they will; but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, then don’t ask for His help because he might not be there. (11/10/2005)

In San Francisco, voters passed a ban on military recruiting at public high school and college campuses. Bill O’Reilly explained the consequences on FOX Radio:

…You know, if I’m the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, “Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you’re not going to get another nickel in federal funds! Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead. And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it! We’re going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.” (11/8/2005)

One can only hope that if San Francisco is ever actually under attack, Bill O’Reilly’s indifference will be tested.