Steve's Soapbox

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Nailed it !

Letter to the Editor - Abilene Reporter News

Likes Molly
October 18, 2005

It is such a hoot to see the collective angst that syndicated columnists such as Molly Ivins generate among your conservative readers. Such collective self-righteous hand-wringing usually is accompanied by cries to have her silenced or ''tarred and feathered,'' a typical reaction for a group that has no tolerance for opinions other than its own.

It is so refreshing to read the comments of someone like Ivins who is concerned over the erosion of civil liberties in this country. Conversely, conservatives have so long indulged themselves in self-serving myopia that they still embrace a leadership that, among other things, led this nation to war under false pretenses. And while our economy is still sputtering after five years of aimless free spending, the rest of the free world worries about its own future as they see this country hurrying to flush itself down the toilet.

Particularly repugnant to me is conservatives' spin on religion. In my opinion, they have utterly distorted the message of the Prince of Peace so that greed has become a virtue, intolerance a celebration and self-serving interest a God-given right. I believe that in many ways conservatives more closely resemble the Taliban than they reflect Christian ideology.

Michael Tumlinson