New Internationalist

Righteous testosterone

Issue 352

Amidst news from the US that the Christian right are the biggest backers of a war with Iraq, Seriously thought it was time to take a look at the other opinions of this devout bunch.

Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue which mobilizes to close down abortion clinics across the US, instructs his followers: ‘I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good… Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty. We are called by God to conquer this country.’

Isn’t it funny how the US anti-abortion movement appears to be run by men? Randall again, this time borne forth by, ahem, righteous testosterone: ‘If we’re going to have true reformation in America, it is because men once again, if I may use a worn out expression, have righteous testosterone flowing through their veins… They are here to take over!’

And here’s Robert Simonds, foaming at the mouth: ‘We are now in the process of putting born-again Christians on every school board in America… A school board with five members needs only three Christians to take complete control of a school district. You can literally own that system and control all the personnel, curriculum, materials, textbooks and policies.’

Jerry Falwell, founder of the ‘Moral Majority’ also sounds in need of a little lie-down: ‘One of the teletubbies, Tinky Winky,’ he raves, ‘has the voice of a boy but carries a purse. He is purple – the gay pride color; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle – the gay pride symbol… Such subtle depictions are damaging to the moral lives of children.’

Think that’s scary? How about ex- Christian Coalition member Marshall Wittmann’s take on Bush: ‘He is the leader of the Christian right.’ Or Ralph Reed, ex-leader of the Christian Coalition and now chairman of the Georgia Republicans, confirming the religious right’s satisfaction with Bush in the White House: ‘You’re no longer throwing rocks at the building;’ he explains, ‘you’re in the building.’ Yes, but just how righteous is Bush’s testosterone? Answers on a postcard please.

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