Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Christian right and secular left unite

I wrote before about the Socialist International's strange membership, which included until recently the governing parties of autocracies in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as the party of Côte d'Ivoire's Laurent Gbagbo. I was surprised because the Socialist International also included mainstream centre-left parties around the world, like Ireland's Labour, UK's Labour, Germany's SDP and so on.

The National Interest Magazine points out that Gbagbo had other unexpected allies, however, of a different ideological strain. Republican Senator James Inhofe is involved in the evangelical Christian National Prayer Breakfast - as is Gbagbo - and he called for new elections. Radical Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson also supported Gbagbo:

The U.N. has said the other guy won. Well, that may be, but the problem is that this is a country now that has been run by a Christian that is going to be into the hands of Muslims. So it’s one more Muslim nation that’s going to be building up that ring of Shariah law around the Middle East.

So right-wing Christian conservatives saluted a member of the left-wing Socialist International and, perhaps, a tyrant. The complexity of these global alliances always fascinates me.

9 comments:

  1. The quote you provided also proves that Pat Robertson is a narrwminded idiot who doesn't know squat about international affairs. He's like the muslim fundamentalists who see everything as a matter of islam vs. everyone else. Bigotry incarnated.

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  2. Absolutely, this is the idiot who blamed Haitians for making a "pact to the devil" for the terrible 2010 earthquake.

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  3. ... and blamed Hurricane Katrina on America's stance on abortion and feels that 9/11 was due to homosexuality. An enlightened man indeed (but more just a manipulator of the stupid stupid people who listen to him). It doesn't surprise me that this guy revels in the mass murder his creator wreaks upon the world. Give me John Waters any day.

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  4. The U.N. has said the other guy won. Well, that may be, but the problem is that this is a country now that has been run by a Christian that is going to be into the hands of Muslims. So it’s one more Muslim nation that’s going to be building up that ring of Shariah law around the Middle East.
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    "Well, that may be." So is he seriously saying that the person he is supporting has lost the election but he should stay in power because he is a Christian?

    Besides Ouattara is hardly the radical Muslim, he is an IMF guy who his critics claim will be pro-american and capitalist

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  5. Absolutely Rohan, we've often seen foreign observers arguing that people in developing countries are too backward and ignorant to handle democracy, and they advocate instead a "benevolent dictator". There was a similar argument by some British nationalists a century ago regarding Irish independence: the superstitious poverty-ridden Catholic Irish were considered by some incapable of self-government.

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  6. Yup, Churchill also spewed the same nonsense about Indians not being able to handle democracy, so there :D

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  7. Hehe no doubt! An English friend observed to me once that "Churchill wasn't so big on race relations"!

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  8. I wonder if Irishmen (and women) and Indians could bond over a guinness and bitch about how they both were mistreated by the british :D

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  9. I'll send some Irishwomen your way and you can find out :P

    Hehe, I've sometimes heard comparisons made between the Pakistani immigrants in Britain with Irish immigrants. Both had reputations for terrorism and disloyalty at various stages, both complained about ill-treatment in Britain. "Pakis are the new Paddies", they say!

    So there are lots of grouchy former colonies to choose from ;)

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