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Who doesn’t care about political hypocrisy

Joe Conason at Salon explains why the leaders of the religious right don’t care that Republican Christian nationalists are hypocrites, and predicts that they’ll be ba-a-ack:

The leaders of the religious right don’t care whether White House hacks love them or laugh at them, because they see themselves as the users, not the used. Winning power in the Republican Party represents the work of more than two decades for Robertson, Falwell, Dobson, their ultraright comrades and the new leaders, such as Tony Perkins and Rod Parsley, who will eventually succeed them. Their radical goal is an America under the dominion of men like themselves, and the Republican Party will continue to be the most plausible vehicle for their movement. They may lose ground this year — but they will most certainly be back with renewed determination in 2008.

what to name those xtians?

one suggestion: call them leviticans

i kinda like it, but discussion over on making light points out that there are folks who follow leviticus faithfully and not selectively / hypocritically.

maybe levitican christians? but no, that’s two words, and doesn’t get at the point.

the point being that the people (a) call themselves christians; (b) but are more interested in old testament than new testament doctrines; and (c) and are rather selective about the old testament.

selective christians?

but as a matter of naming, you want something punchy, short, recognizable. leviticans is so good! but it also has to be accurate — neither over-inclusive nor under-inclusive.

someone else suggested christianists. a la “islamists”. i take it to mean, approximately, using the doctrine to advance a political agenda. another definition i saw said it meant, not following christ, but following the followers of christ.

i find it inelegant and hard to say.

others have suggested reconstructionists a la the rushdoonie (i think that’s the right spelling) crowd. i think that’s a bit inaccurate. reconstructionists are a specific philosophy, and not all the random bible-thumpers are reconstructionists. not even most of them.

leviticanists?

oh well. will think about it later.