Bigotry and Cathie Adams

by Dan Quinn

It’s hard to know how long will it take for State Republican Executive Committee members to realize how foolish they were to appoint Cathie Adams as chair of the Texas GOP this past weekend. After all, SREC members won’t be able to say they are “surprised” when Ms. Adams takes another flying leap off the rhetorical crazy cliff. Her record of extremism and self-righteous personal attacks goes back well over a decade. For example, here’s her sneering take on Texas Gov. Ann Richards in 1994 (from a June 7, 1994, Houston Chronicle article):

“She’s an anti-religious bigot. . . .  How can people think she is Texas — down-home Ma Richards? I feel very insulted that she is representing me as a Texas woman. Most Texas women are ladylike and God-fearing. Ann Richards has none of those qualities.”

That kind of vile nonsense might seem unbelievable until you remember what she said about Barack Obama in an e-mail to her Texas Eagle Forum activists during last year’s presidential election:

“While many question Barak Hussein Obama’s ‘religion’ …, the more important question is whether he has a ‘relationship’ with Jesus Christ because that is the only HOPE that any of us have to obtain eternal life. I personally see NO evidence that Obama has that kind of ‘saving faith.'”

Religious-righters repeatedly complain that political opponents attack their faith. Yet Ms. Adams — perhaps the queen of the religious right in Texas — reveals the hypocrisy behind those absurd claims when she insultingly questions the personal faith of people whose politics she doesn’t share.

What did Ms. Adams know about Gov. Richards’ belief about God? What gives her the right to judge President Obama’s personal faith? The answer to both is “nothing.” So who’s the real bigot?