Once again we're learning that Christianity is a virtual requirement for elected officials in the United States.
Christine O'Donnell, the Delaware candidate for United States Senate, is homophobic, she refuses to give interviews to anyone but Fox Noise, she recorded an anti-masturbation video that's downright creepy, and she was a media consultant to the sado-masochistic Mel Gibson movie The Passion of the Christ. She's never served as an elected official, and in fact has no relevant political experience.
But none of these glaring problems would disqualify her from serving in the upper house of Congress of the most powerful country in the world. She can be a crazy, inexperienced, air-headed Sarah Palin clone and still be a viable candidate.
But when an episode of Bill Maher surfaced where O'Donnell admitted to dabbling in witchcraft in her youth, the proverbial smelly stuff hit the fan. Now even the likes of Karl Rove are calling her to task and questioning her viability as a Republican candidate.
Why is it that religion is still a requirement for office in the year 2010? This is the home of religious tolerance, the country where government and religion are supposed to be separate, where no religious test is allowed for any public office.
I find it deliciously ironic that Christine O'Donnell's own party is turning against her for "dabbling" in witchcraft when she was just a teenager. Ironically, even though I despise O'Donnell's politics, I'm on her side on this one. Lots of girls (and some boys) experiment with their spirituality in their teen years, and later find their way back to mainstream religions. The Republicans are acting like a pack of hyenas attacking an injured member of their own pack.
From my point of view, there's no difference between witchcraft and Christianity – both are equally without foundation. You believe because you believe, nothing more. So it's fun to watch these people tearing each other apart over something so silly as a teenager's brief foray from her Christian roots.