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25 August 2005

Lying Liars Part 2

In September 1986, a conservative evangelical Christian announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The presidential hopeful convinced three million people to sign up to volunteer for his campaign, and, one year later, he already had millions of dollars in his campaign fund. The leader turned his organisation over to his son, Tim, and began his campaign.

It was a strict conservative platform, one which included the elimination of illegal drugs, pornography, Conrail, Amtrak, and the Departments of Education and Energy. It's anyone's guess as to whether this candidate could have picked up the Republican nominiation. But he never got the chance.

Within the potential candidate's campaign literature was a statement that he had served as a combat Marine in the Korean War. It turns out that this wasn't quite true. Angry Marines from his battalion pointed out that the former serviceman had never spent a day in combat. Instead, his primary responsibility was supplying his officers with alcohol. Not long after, public sentiment turned against the candidate. His campaign fizzled and he withdrew from the race before the primaries were finished.

During that same presidential campaign, a group of reporters discovered a discrepancy between the date on the man's marriage license and the date he had written on several legal documents. This raised questions as to the reason for the wedding. The man admitted being a bit wild as a young man, but was vague about the reasons for falsifying the marriage date. Defeated, the man went back to his ministry, where he remains to this day.

So who was this not so honest evangelical presidential hopeful? You know him as Pat Robertson.

Comments on "Lying Liars Part 2"

 

Blogger Dan Trabue said ... (8/25/2005 05:37:00 PM) : 

And now we know...the REST of the story.

 

Anonymous Steph said ... (8/25/2005 07:02:00 PM) : 

haunting isn't it. how is it that christian people are so uninformed? Do you think we generally get so zealous about matters of faith that we allow our mystic prayer jargon to supercede reality? How does this happen to us?
I always thought Pat looked like Chester the Molester to be honest. creep.

 

Anonymous Steph said ... (8/25/2005 07:09:00 PM) : 

I just read your comments on 8/22. And I liked the post and the comments that follow. Mostly cuz its about the poor and thats of interest to me. I am glad this Dan fellow went to a church that did something too, I was wondering, how did they do this? what methods or programs were instilled that showed concern for the poor? I am curious.

I also agree KS that churches are more concerned with homo/abrtn than the poor and I liked what you said about maybe its cuz we aren't commiting those sins. that was an interesting comment. I think there is truth to it.

Man you should have been in our program kevin. you would have kicked serious ass.

 

Blogger educat said ... (8/25/2005 07:39:00 PM) : 

Oh, the American memory. She is selective and she is short!

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (8/26/2005 10:54:00 AM) : 

I'd actually be interested in hearing more about Dan's former church, too. Thanks for the props, Steph. I'm glad you're hanging out here.

 

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