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Don't Lynch Me, Bro! Lynch That Guy!

Huge surprise:

A spokesman for the Mitt Romney campaign is thus far refusing to say whether Romney sees any positive role in America for atheists and other non-believers, after Election Central inquired about the topic yesterday

It's a sign that Romney may be seeking to submerge evangelical distaste for Mormonism by uniting the two groups together in a wider culture war. Romney's speech has come under some criticism, even from conservatives like David Brooks and Ramesh Ponnuru, for positively mentioning many prominent religions but failing to include anything positive about atheists and agnostics.

Well, duh. What else is new? We're everyone's favorite punching bag. Obviously Mitt's looking for a victim, someone the Mormons and the Evangelicals can agree on as a scapegoat. A unity goat.

Huckabee tried to get evangelicals to unite in hatred of Mormons, so Mitt the Flip responds with, "No! Don't lynch us. Lynch . . . those guys!" It's hate jujitsu. Huckabee will have to be quick on his feet if he's not to be drawn inexorably into the wrong mob.

This qualifies as moral leadership in modern America. Huckabee and Romney. Profiles in courage. Battling for control of the mob.

Here are the top ten groups any American can attack with impunity:

10) Ugly women
9) Drug addicts
8) The French
7) Mormons/Scientologists (guilty)
6) Mexicans
5) Kidnapped and molested children (Bill O'Reilly only)
4) Smokers
3) Liberals
2) Fat people
1) Atheists

You can see why a Mormon would want to shift focus to Atheists. Mitt's offering Evangelicals a chance to trade a #7 hate object for the #1 hate object. Plus, he's offering to tie the noose. It was either us or fat people, and given the fitness level of Iowans . . .

It's okay. We're not upset. We are secure in our insufferable arrogance.

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“Don't Lynch Me, Bro! Lynch That Guy!”

  1. Blogger reader_iam Says:

    We're everyone's favorite punching bag.

    You know, Michael, I really don't think that's true. And I have to wonder if you do, really.

  2. Blogger Transplanted Lawyer Says:

    Why don't you believe that, iam? Because, in all seriousness, I do. Attacking "the religion of secularism" got Romney applause there at the GWHB Library.

  3. Blogger Michael Reynolds Says:

    Reader:

    As TL said.

    We "win" every poll that asks "which group would you never elect?" Romney felt safe scapegoating and excluding us, because it is safe to scapegoat and exclude us. It's politically profitable.

    I'm willing to bet there are as many "closeted" atheists as there are closeted gays in this country. Atheists know that -- outside of major coastal cities -- they face exclusion and possible employment discrimination.

    But I don't think believers get it, any more than whites 50 years ago understood that black people might have a problem being referred to as n-----s.

  4. Blogger Howlin' Hobbit Says:

    I think you need to move #4 up to the #2 spot but otherwise the list looks pretty good.

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