This is cross-posted at Cotton Mouth.
When I went to check my mail yesterday I was delighted to find a mailer from the Mississippi Republican Party in support of Roger Wicker. I have been wanting to see what Roger has been sending out across the state. I am not sure why one arrived in my mailbox , unless the Wicker campaign is sending them out statewide or blanketing certain areas with them. I am pretty sure I would not make any of the targeted lists for GOP mailers.
The front of the mailer is pretty standard with a few pictures, the Wicker logo and the heading, "Senator Roger Wicker is dedicated to protection Mississippi values. The surprise was waiting on the back side of the mailer. The back featured a letter from radical fundamentalist Donald Wildmon with an area of text highlighted.
"When it comes to parties, in the Senate there is no such creature as a Mississippi conservative Democrat. When the issue is on the line in the U.S. Senate you either vote Republican or Democrat. No Democrat is going to vote to confirm strict constructionist judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. That is why we need Roger. Roger will oppose radical activist judges who want to impose their will on the people."
Donald Wildon also includes this ridiculous claim, although outside of the highlighted region:
"The upcoming election is the most critical in the history of our nation. The very future of our nation's foundation is at stake. If the liberals win, then our foundation will no longer be based on the Judeo-Christian morality. "
Donald Wildmon is the founder of the American Family Association, a radical fundamentalist group based out of Tupelo. Wildmon had gained notoriety through the years for his boycotts of corporations that view from his twisted world view. I can't believe that Roger Wicker would send out a mailer with Wildmon featured as an endorser. Does Roger think that the majority of Mississippians would find their views in line with a radical religious extremist?
Donald Wildmon said the Mighty Mouse was teaching kids to snort cocaine or heroin. Wildmon lead boycotts of McDonald's for their tolerance of gays in the workplace. Wildmon lead a boycott of that horrible anti-family extremest organization known as Walt Disney. Wildmon's group has such radical anti-gay views that it could almost be considered a hate-group. Wildmon has express wild anti-Semitic views, blaming the Jews in Hollywood for the "indecent" programming on TV. The Anti-Defamation League said about Wildmon, "He's encouraging his followers to believe that Jews are responsible for the kind of programming they dislike."
There is a lot of webspace dedicated to chronicling the extreme views and actions of Donald Wildmon. From one of them:
- Wildmon is a member of COR (Coalition on Revival), a Reconstructionist/Dominionist organization dedicated to a social gospel/activism agenda that proposes to impose Biblical standards (e.g., Old Testament law) on unbelieving peoples and institutions. (Yet, in a response to a letter sent him on 8/30/92, Wildmon claimed that not only does COR no longer exist, but that he did not belong to the organization!) Though Wildmon is no longer a Steering Committee member of COR, he did sign its 1986 Manifesto. As an indication of what the people affiliated with COR believe, the following is from a brochure announcing the 12th Annual Northwest Conference for Christian Reconstruction. Does this not sound like a different gospel? (All emphases added):
"The Christian Reconstruction movement believes that the Bible contains not only a message of personal salvation through the blood of Christ shed on the cross, but also a comprehensive law structure which is alone able to provide a just basis for society. It is committed to the view that sovereignty and thus government belong to God, and that all delegated government, whether to family, church or state (civil government), is to be exercised in obedience to the law of God's covenant. Furthermore, salvation involves every aspect of man's life and thus also the relationship she sustains to the world around him. The exercise of dominion in accordance with the terms of God's covenant is therefore basic and vital to the Christian faith. To neglect this is to deprecate the extent of Christ's victory at Calvary."
That sounds like the Taliban manifesto, just substitute radical fundamentalist Christians for radical fundamentalist Muslims. Wildmon believes his world view is the only one that is right and it his duty as a Christian to see that world view enforced as law upon everyone willing or not. That is pretty un-American if you ask me.
Why would Roger Wicker think an endorsement by this radical extremist would help his campaign? Only Roger knows, but I sure wish he would share it with us. When you boast of an endorsement from a known anti-Semite with radical views on religions and government, you need to tell Mississippi why.
I know we have all given till we are dry, but if you have a few dollars to throw on a chance to win 60 seats, give to Ronnie Musgrove. He is only trailing by 2 points according to last week's Rasmussen poll.