Tuesday, October 24, 2006
They Like to Watch
When Europeans watch from afar America's Christian right try to end abortion, roll back gay rights, and teach creationism to gullible children in public schools, they can't help feeling a bit smug writes Nick Cohen in The Guardian.
These primitive beliefs put Republicans outside the bounds of civilised discourse to everyone who matters except Tony Blair and he'll be gone soon. The rest of us can savour the antics of Baptist churches and Deep South demagogues as one of our greatest voyeuristic pleasures - the pornography of the politically literate. Every time a film crew comes back with footage of tele-evangelists milking their flocks, the seductive thought that there is no moral difference between Christian fundamentalism and Islamism becomes a little more appealing.