It’s not all that unusual to hear ideologues throw up almost any argument, kooky or not, in an attempt to defeat something they don’t like. They’re simply hoping to sway enough voters (with whatever arguments work) to “win” a debate. But it can be startling when you realize that they really, really believe some of the truly bizarre things they say.
Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum, is one of those religious-righters who does believe the crazy stuff she says. Our friends at Right Wing Watch caught another example of that last week.
Adams spoke on Thursday’s the Trunews End Times (yeah, we know) radio program hosted by Rick Wiles. (“One man, one microphone, one mission, one message. Trunews, the only newscast reporting the countdown to the second coming of Jesus Christ.”) Wiles launched the radio program in Dallas/Fort Worth back in 1999.
During the interview, Adams warned that immigration reform will give “amnesty” to countless undocumented immigrants seeking to harm America. When Wiles suggested that the Department of Homeland Security might have to resort to biometric scanning to track foreign visitors moving in and out of the United States, Adams declared that such a plan worries her (you know, mark of the beast and all):
“I do understand that. I’ve seen it. I’ve heard it. And, of course, we know in biblical prophecy that that is the End Time. That is going to be the brand either on our foreheads or on the back of our hands. That is demonic through and through. That is End Times prophecy. There is no question about that.”
Then Adams pointed to another nightmare scenario for religious-righters in this country: Muslim immigration. She bizarrely argued that Muslim immigrants are bringing Islamic law to the United States even though (she said) that’s what caused them to flee their own country in the first place:
But, you know, another group of people that are coming into our country as refugees are others that are mostly from Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu cultures. There are people who are not here because they love America but because they are fleeing countries, and yet, what kind of culture are they bringing here? They want Sharia law, just like what they left that was causing them to be persecuted.”
Of course, so long as the First Amendment remains in place, no religious law of any kind is permitted in the United States. Sadly, Adams and other religious-righters work constantly to weaken one of the First Amendment’s key protections, the separation of church and state.
Adams, you may recall, briefly served as chair of the Texas Republican Party in 2009-10 and was a Republican National Committeewoman from Texas before that.