Friday, October 06, 2006

This guy wants to run for president...

Sam Brownback, a Republican Senator from Kansas, has his eye on the Presidency according to news reports. He is a conservative Christian right-wing politician who has appeared in churches and been "anoint[ed]... as the Christian right's next candidate for president".

According to the Rolling Stone article:

He is running for president because murder is always on his mind: the abortion of what he considers fetal citizens. He speaks often and admiringly of John Brown, the abolitionist who massacred five pro-slavery settlers just north of the farm where Brownback grew up. Brown wanted to free the slaves; Brownback wants to free fetuses.

I find it odd that "murder is always on his mind", but he admires a murderer and speaks often of the man. In the Christian belief system, murder is a sin. Abortion is killing a baby; therefore it is sin, regardless of the mother's situation (rape, incest, furthering the pregnancy may harm the mother's health, etc). Yet, somehow the man's moral compass allows him to think that John Brown's actions were justified because they had a political purpose. This begs the question: What does he think of abortion clinic bombers?

Aside from his wonky political beliefs, I find his choice of idol very disturbing.