On his show yesterday, televangelist Jim Bakker claimed that liberals were trying to strip all the crosses from the tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery.
That may come as a surprise to my fellow liberals since that item doesn’t appear on our agenda.
“They don’t respect God,” he said. “You know what they are talking about they’re going to do now? They’re going to remove all the crosses at the great cemetery in Washington.”
Bakker’s wife, Lori, was aghast at the thought, as Bakker lamented that “even the history of America is being desecrated.”
The ignorant comment didn’t come out of nowhere. Bakker was referring to a giant Christian cross in Maryland that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit had declared unconstitutional because, well, it’s a giant Christian cross on public land. This month, the full Fourth Circuit voted to let that ruling stand.
One of those judges, however, wanted to rehear the case because he felt all public religious symbols, including those at Arlington, were at risk because of the decision. That’s not true. Allowing soldiers to declare in advance what religious or non-religious symbol should go on their tombstones is very different from the government putting up a Christian monument.
Not that Bakker noticed any of that nuance. That mere possibility was taken as fact. He quickly went from a tiny legal misinterpretation to ALL LIBERALS ARE GONNA RIP THE CROSSES OFF THE TOMBS OF DEAD SOLDIERS!!!
I guess you have to turn it up to 11 if you want to sell giant buckets of food.
(via Right Wing Watch)