When I was a young teenager I attended a small Southern church with Pentecostal leanings, my “little experiment” with Christianity. My best friend at the time happened to be a Catholic and one weekend that she was spending with me I suggested we attend the church.
Not having been raised in any sort of religion, and not having any real experience with the differences between Christian denominations and the sometimes strong feelings of disapproval for “the others,” I was completely taken aback when told that she was not allowed to attend a church of a different denomination. I may have been taken aback by the “not allowed” but I was stunned and bewildered to learn that it would be a “sin” for her to do so.
I thought about all of that and the confusion I felt at the time when I read the AP piece on Breitbart Foes of tea party movement to infiltrate rallies.
[...]Jason Levin, creator of http://www.crashtheteaparty.org, said Monday the group has 65 leaders in major cities across the country who are trying to recruit members to infiltrate tea party events for April 15—tax filing day, when tea party groups across the country are planning to gather and protest high taxes.
“Every time we have someone on camera saying that Barack Obama isn’t an American citizen, we want someone sitting next to him saying, ‘That’s right, he’s an alien from outer space!’” Levin said.
[...]Levin says they want to exaggerate the group’s least appealing qualities, further distance the tea party from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them. [Emphasis added]
How very like the Catholic church of my long ago best friend. Mustn’t allow the exposure of “the flock” to a message that might be counter to approved dogma. Not only is hearing a message from “the other” to be discouraged, it must be demonized. “The Flock” must be convinced that the “teachings of the other” is a vile and defiling thing to be shunned for fear of “infection.”
Mr. Levin’s own little Grand Inquisition. He has determined the “truth” and he wishes to do his part to make sure anyone who doesn’t believe the same “truth” is viewed as heretical — even if he has to manufacture the “evidence.” Also not unlike the Catholic Church of old in its pursuit of heretical thinkers. All in the name of “protecting” those deemed too stupid to be trusted to judge the truth for themselves… or come to it upon fair and informed consideration.
If I were a Democrat or Liberal I would be highly insulted by Mr. Levin’s assumptions. By his actions and planned actions he is saying to all the world that Democrats and Liberals are too stupid to risk being exposed to what he views as heresy. He doesn’t want any of the flock lost. A “good shepherd” protects the flock…or the sheeple…
… just ask the Catholic church.
Ultimately, Mr. Levin is doing the Tea Party a favor. You see, there are a few that have been drawn to the Tea Party that are a liability to its image when it comes to building a movement large enough to be the force that shapes the political future over the next few years. Now, with Mr. Levin and his “leaders”… eh… fellow sheeple shepherds…. it will be all the easier to dismiss and distance that small element, because now we will always be able to say: It’s not the Tea Party [and, it really isn't] it’s Mr. Levin and gang if or when someone’s political passions are displayed in anything other than 100% political correctness.
Honestly, I didn’t give the crash the tea party website any credence when I first came upon it. I figured it was actually a Tea Partier showing a bit of pro-active imagination by laying the groundwork for a convenient place to point a finger. It’s kinda funny when you think about it: a Tea Partier pretending to be an activist pretending to be a Tea Partier.
It’s going to be very interesting in the political arena the next two years.