Vacationing in Abidjan in happier days, three lillywhite supporters of ex-president Gbagbo’s Christian regime are speaking out against the duly elected Alassane Ouattara, because, well, he’s a Muslim— and the power of Christ compels them, or something. If you want to size up their religious bigotry, you must click it.
Four months after losing an election certified by the international community, Laurent Gbagbo is hunkered down in a bunker underneath his residence, besieged by a host of forces including UN troops, the French military, and his own countryman.
With the International Criminal Court busy preparing indictments for war crimes and crimes against humanity, international pariah Gbagbo can count few allies these days. Among them, however, is an unholy trinity of three influential Americans on the Christian Right: Pat Robertson, Sen. James Inhofe, and Glenn Beck.
On Tuesday, Think Progress described the situation thusly :
Gbagbo is reportedly negotiating a surrender and the conflict, which analysts just days ago feared could spin out of control, could now come to an end within “hours.”
That is, unless some in the American Christian right, who want to turn this into a religious battle, have their way. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor yesterday to give a lengthy speech in defense of incumbent Gbagbo and his powerful wife, whom Inhofe called “good friends.” Inhofe painted a picture of the conflict in polar opposition to the facts on the ground, accusing challenger Ouattara of “rigg[ing]” last November’s elections, and ludicrously claiming that Gbagbo’s forces “don’t have any weapons.” Thus, Inhofe demanded an immediate ceasefire in the conflict, even though Gbagbo’s forces have already been routed. Watch a portion of Inhofe’s speech:
Why would Inhofe defend a war criminal tyrant in contradiction to every international human rights organization and his own government? As Salon’s Justin Elliott reported last week, Gbagbo, an evangelical Christian, has “longtime ties to the Christian right in the United States,” in part through a secretive international network of powerful evangelical Christians known as the Fellowship. Inhofe and many of his colleagues have reportedly lived in the Fellowship’s congressional boarding house on C Street in Washington.
You remember The Fellowship, which member and convicted Watergate conspirator Charles Colson once described as a “veritable underground of Christ’s men all through the U.S. government.” Those would include family values champion Nev. Senator John Ensign (R), whose mummy and daddy paid a former staffer $96,000 in hush money to cover up his extra-marital affair; former Republican Congressman and family values champion, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R), who went incommunicado for four days, ostensibly while hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was really climbing all over his Argentine mistress; and a host of present and former members of Congress, as well as “corporate executives, heads of religious and humanitarian aid organizations, and ambassadors and high ranking politicians from across the world.”
IOKIYAEC– It’s Ok If You’re An Evangelical Christian. Especially if the opponent happens to be a Muslim.