News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part I a
Ashcroft's Extreme Religious Beliefs Should Disqualify Him
PT. I a - HOME PAGE
PT. I a - CONTENTS
--- BUSH-HATERS?
GEORGE BUSH
--- No Mandate!
--- Basic Dishonesty
--- Documented Lies
------ And More Lies
------ on Education
------ on Small Bus.
------ On Medicare
--- Limited Worldview
--- Arrogance
--- Ignorance
--- Real Agendas
--- Anti-Choice Dogma
--- 20 Questions
THE RADICAL RIGHT
------ Relig. Oppos'n
--- John Ashcroft
--- Dick Cheney
--- Spreading AIDS
--- 10 Commandments
--- Far-Right Terrorists
WAR AGAINST WOMEN
--- Global Gag Rule
THE RADICAL RIGHT . . is ANTI-REPUBLICAN
........says a Republican
--- Conservative Revolt
CONSERVATIVE BIAS in the MEDIA
------ Fox Network
--- Liberals Fight Back
--- Now, Liberal Radio
------ Al F. vs. Rush L.
------ Timing Is Ripe
BUSH ADMINISTRAT'N
--- 50 Lies of Admin.
------ Pt. 1. Strategy
------ Pt. 2. Language
------ Pt. 3. Targets
------ Pt. 4. Programs
--- Inflexibility
--- Secretiveness
------ EPA and FDA
--- Orwellian Aspects
--- Demoniz'g Oppon'ts
--- Silencing Democrats
--- Corporate Influence
--- Not Protect'g Public
------ Few Regulations
--- Destroying Medicare
--- Attacking Unions
--- Bad Fiscal Policy
------ Deficit Lies
--- Looting the Future
--- Iraq Policies
------ "Fog Machine"
--- Radio Free Europe
--- Wilson Leak
------ Swept Under Rug
--- "Compassionate"??
BUSH ADMINISTRATION is ANTI- STATES' RIGHTS
--- Environment
--- Church vs. State
--- Gay Marriage
--- Predatory Lenders
BUSH ADMIN. vs. SCIENCE
DEPT. of AGRICULTURE
-- Mad Cow Disease
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
--- Illegally Influenced
FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION
--- Corruption in FDA
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
--- Anti States' Rights
------ Assisted Suicide
------ Death Penalty
--- Overriding Judges
-- Now, Secret Trials
FEDERAL BUREAU of INVESTIGATION
--- Surveillance
--- vs. Bush Opponents
BUSH AND THE COURTS
--- Judge Choice Crucial
------ Judicial Nominees
------ Republican Lies
--- Ashcroft Interferes
--- Expand DNA Dbase?
2004 CAMPAIGN
--- Financing Tricks
--- Corruption in Cong.
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"Ashcroft cannot turn off a theological belief system that he has said has led him during his Senate career to "only legislate morality" and that he has said should lead governments "closer to God's heart." This is true even if he wants a job in the cabinet. He cannot serve both God as he understands God and the laws of man that seem far removed from God's heart as he hears it beating."

Church & State, Feb 2001 v54 i2 p23

The Gospel Of John: Why Ashcroft Shouldn't Be Attorney General.

Barry W. Lynn.

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I don't agree with Jerry Falwell very often. However, I concurred with his view the other night on "The Edge with Paula Zahn" on the Fox News Channel that Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft is a man of deep religious conviction. That's where the agreement ended, though.

Indeed, it is the very fact of Ashcroft's clear commitment to his understanding of God's will that makes it impossible for him to enforce laws with which he disagrees. In his commencement address to Bob Jones University in 1999, he did not merely say that the American colonists used the phrase "No king but Jesus." He did not merely say that he personally believes that Jesus is king of his life.

Rather, Ashcroft said, "If America is to be great in the future, it will be if we understand that our source is not civic and temporal, but our source is godly and eternal." That is a contemporaneous statement of belief that the ultimate authority is God's will. ...

Ashcroft cannot turn off a theological belief system that he has said has led him during his Senate career to "only legislate morality" and that he has said should lead governments "closer to God's heart." This is true even if he wants a job in the cabinet. He cannot serve both God as he understands God and the laws of man that seem far removed from God's heart as he hears it beating.

Ashcroft also seems to have serious lapses in judgment rind integrity. Again, at the Bob Jones University commencement, he did not merely thank the university for its approval of his work, he said: "I thank God for this institution." He may offer thanks for anything, but it is astonishing that he would implicate God in creating an institution that has promoted both racial discrimination and religious bigotry against, among others, Mormons and Catholics. If God is OK with intolerance, why should we expect the attorney general to care much about those pesky laws that try to eliminate such bias? ...

Similarly, Ashcroft has condemned homosexuality as a sin. People in this country have a right to believe this, but Ashcroft has a history of basing public policy on his personal religious beliefs about gay people. He opposed an effort to extend employment discrimination protections to gay people, apparently reasoning that this particular "sin" could serve not only as a potential disqualification for getting into Heaven, but for working at the local factory as well. ...

Ashcroft's views mirror his most extreme supporters among the Religious Right. Indeed, his contempt for the very legal system before which he and his solicitor general and United States Attorneys will practice is couched in nearly apocalyptic religious terms. Ashcroft told the Christian Coalition in 1998, "A robed elite have taken the wall of separation ... and have made it a wall of religious oppression." ...

As I write this, there has been no vote on his nomination and no one is quite sure how this will turn out. But I have heard Ashcroft say repeatedly during his confirmation hearing that he would not let his religious views impede his enforcement of laws. I repeat: when you see the world as Ashcroft does, serving "God and Mammon" in this role is simply impossible.

Barry W. Lynn is executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

 

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AMERICANS UNITED ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO NOMINATION OF SEN. JOHN ASHCROFT AS ATTORNEY GENERAL

Nomination A Sop To The Religious Right, Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced its opposition to President-elect George W. Bush's nomination of Sen. John Ashcroft (R-Mo.) as attorney general.

According to Americans United, Ashcroft's votes in the Senate and his public statements on civil liberties issues indicate little appreciation for the constitutional principle of church-state separation.

"In the Senate, Ashcroft was the principle architect of 'charitable choice,' a dangerous boondoggle that undermines church-state separation by funneling millions in taxpayer dollars into the coffers of churches and other sectarian groups," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "He appears to have no use for church-state separation."

Lynn noted that Ashcroft also has close ties to TV preacher Pat Robertson. In 1998, Ashcroft addressed a gathering of Robertson's Christian Coalition, where he blasted church-state separation.

Charged Ashcroft, "A robed elite have taken the wall of separation designed to protect the church and they have made it a wall of religious oppression. At the same gathering, Ashcroft staffers handed out material noting the senator's total opposition to abortion, his support for defunding the National Endowment for the Arts and his hostility toward "globalist institutions like the United Nations." ...

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