I'm really liking this guy. This is from a Hackett press release today (by the way, THIS is what a press release should be, newsworthy and sent to the right audience):
"The Republican Party has been hijacked by religious fanatics, who are out of touch with mainstream America. Think of the recent comments by Pat Robertson - a religious fanatic by any measure - that the United States should assassinate a democratically elected leader in Venezuela, and that Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment because Sharon wished to trade land for peace."And not surprisingly, the Ohio Republican party, that has itself been taken over by far-right extremists who use the word of God to justify bigotry and intolerance, is none too pleased. Of course, the only response the GOP could muster was to accuse Hackett of hating God. That's all the far right can come up with. If you don't endorse the Southern Baptist view of God, if you don't want to pass laws that enshrine the Southern Baptist religion as the law of the all land that ALL of us have to follow, then you hate God.
"Since the Republican Party has been utterly unable to stand for something positive, they have created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, and have pandered to religious fanatics not to vote for something they believe in, but to vote against their fellow Americans with whom they disagree. Those among us who would use religion and politics to divide rather than unite Americans should be ashamed."
Then again, these are the same people who think all Catholics worship Satan. So, I'm not sure an attack from them is anything but a badge of honor.
Say what you will, but Paul Hackett is a breath of fresh air. Read more about him here.