Whew!

Rience Priebus promises the theocrats that the GOP won’t become tolerant. Maybe just a little bit polite.

Reince Priebus promises the theocrats that his party won’t be tolerant toward gay people or women’s reproductive freedom, though it might consider being a little bit less rude about its intolerance. After all, “there’s only one sovereign God,” as described in “the New Testament.”

What a relief! Just for a moment, they had me worried.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

5 thoughts on “Whew!”

  1. I follow your Coulter policy of being fair to creeps. The New Testament was cited by Priebus in the context of “grace, love and respect”, and the “one sovereign God” in the next paragraph was not attributed to any authority. I think grace at least is a specifically NT – indeed specifically Pauline – concept, though love is of course not. I don’t where where he gets respect, an aristocratic value more to be found in Homer than the Bible. If it’s the Decalogue on honouring your parents, Jesus wasn’t keen on it at all. Paul is traditional on family values, but in the wider society, he counsels obedience to the powers that be, not respect.

    1. Per the article (I didn’t watch the speech):

      Priebus assured Brody that the GOP will continue to represent “things that are very square with our beliefs as Christians” and recognize that “there’s only one sovereign God.”

      So: the GOP will continue to strive to adhere to Christian doctrine, and the head of the GOP declares that the official position of the GOP is an assertive monotheism.

      To be fair, all of that is not necessarily inconsistent with Mormonism, or for that matter with Islam. But as an official position it is at least not welcoming and perhaps hostile to Atheists, Polytheists, and perhaps Jews.

      1. And Buddhists, Taoists not very welcome either.

        I do note you correctly leave out Mammonists as not being welcome, however.

      2. I was following the transcript in the link. The exclusionary “Christianity” is of course clearly there.

  2. “I don’t know if I’ve used the word ‘tolerance,’ I don’t really care for that word myself. I don’t have a problem with it, I just think it has another meaning politically that can go the other direction.”
    Dang liberal dog whistles.

    See, back in the nineties, when they were smarter, the GOP would have put the top down, flipped it and reversed it, ala compassionate conservatism. Where’s Tolerant Conservatism (TM) when you need it?

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