Okay, students. Put on your thinking caps and tell me which prominent US politician said this:
However, on religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly.So who do you think? Ted Kennedy? Hillary Clinton? Barack Obama? Barney Frank? Former Chief Justice Earl Warren? Former Justice William Douglas?
The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C," and "D" Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism."
Nope. If you identified any of the usual suspects of the right wing, you would be wrong. This is from Senator Barry Goldwater, who used to be the conscience of the Republican Party, but who sadly would not be welcomed by today's Rethugs.
It's too bad the Goldwater Republicans are an extinct species now. I personally know, just in the small city where I live, a substantial number of former Goldwater Republicans who now belong to the Democratic Party.
This is the kind of individual liberty that the Republicans used to stand for. It's sad that they have degenerated into the theo-con neo-fascist Moron-American-voting-bloc-pandering Rethugs that we are surrounded with today. Were it not so tragic for our nation, it would be laughable.
[Source: Congressional Record, September 16, 1981, quoted here]