Panicky Liberals

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Panicky liberals

"Secularists are in a state of panic about the role of evangelical Christians in the re-election of George Bush. They actually believe that American democracy is in danger, that we are on the verge of becoming a theocracy," Gene Edward Veith writes in World, a magazine that reports the news from what it calls "a perspective committed to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God."

" 'Putting God in the public square runs the risk of turning our democracy into a theocracy,' frets DeWayne Wickham in USA Today. Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald warns darkly of 'the soldiers of the new American theocracy who want to force "creation science" on the schools.'

"Former Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart warns that 'America is a secular, not a theocratic, republic. Because of this, it should concern us that declarations of "faith" are quickly becoming a condition for seeking public office.'

"Historian Garry Wills calls Nov. 2 'the day the Enlightenment went out,' saying that with the influence of Christian 'fundamentalists,' Americans have now come to resemble the Islamic jihadists that we are fighting," Mr. Veith said.

"According to this way of thinking, which has become commonplace in academia, evangelicals and jihadists are essentially the same. They both oppose homosexuality (as if opposing gay marriage were the same thing as stoning homosexuals to death). They are both 'anti-women' (with opposition to abortion as the moral equivalent of the utter subjugation of women in Muslim countries).

"They are both opposed to modern science (meaning skepticism about evolution and revulsion at embryonic stem-cell research is the same as Muslim primitivism). Fundamentalists of both sides are violent, murderous and oppressive (with the war against terrorism as the moral equivalent of terrorism itself.)

"The line of thinking considers President Bush to be no different from Osama bin Laden, Christian conservatives to be just as scary as Muslim conservatives, and America as perhaps soon resembling Afghanistan under the Taliban."

Mr. Veith added: "Conservative Christians actually are more supportive of reason than postmodern secularists. Note, for example, who is descending into irrational hysteria."

Come home, America

George McGovern, the former senator from South Dakota and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, has volunteered his support for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld - sort of.

"I'm for keeping Donald H. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense because he is against increasing the number of American soldiers in Iraq. Sending more soldiers only means more targets for those Iraqis who don't want our army occupying their country," Mr. McGovern said in a letter to the New York Times, published Saturday.

"I did not want any Americans to risk their lives in Iraq. We should bring home those who are there. So better Mr. Rumsfeld than some eager beaver who wants to double our army in the desert as we repeatedly did in the jungle to no avail in the 1960s and '70s. We toppled Saddam Hussein; as George Aiken, that wonderful old Republican senator, said of an earlier time of troubles, declare victory and come home."

Mr. McGovern added: "I tried to persuade Santa Claus to bring our troops home for Christmas, but he said, 'No, Rumsfeld sees light at the end of the tunnel if we hang in there and don't listen to old veterans like McGovern. …