Steve G.

AJC compares those who question Barr on the Wiccan issue to Trekkies

In Libertarian on July 30, 2008 at 11:00 am

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Suspecting that Mother Nature might be Libertarian, Barr folds on Wiccan issue

There’s a certain amount of humiliation that comes with running as a third-party candidate for president.

The federal deficit, loose nukes, angry Muslims, the economy — these are topics that the major party candidates are asked to address.

But if you’re Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate, there are times when your campaign must seem like a never-ending Star Trek convention, with no possibility of escape.

This is a recent blog entry on Dispatches from the Culture Wars:

I got to ask Barr a question I’ve wanted to ask him for quite some time. He’s repudiated and apologized for many of his previous positions and I asked him if he would repudiate his absurd anti-Wiccan crusade of 1999, when he wanted all Wiccans banned from the military. He said yes, with a bit of hemming and hawing.

He said that he had reports from several military leaders that Wiccans doing rituals on military bases were causing problems and that’s why he did what he did, but that since that time it’s become clear that there are no problems with allowing Wiccans to serve and to practice their religion on military bases like any other religion.

  1. Yes, it’s so bizarre to ask a Presidential candidate if he really believes in the 1st Amendment.

  2. I think being regarded as weird and fringe by the Atlanta Journal Constitution is an honor. At least they feel obliged to cover the issue.

    Isn’t it fun that the lamestream media now has to refer to blogger sites? I can remember distinctly when Diane Sawyer was exclaiming that nobody was approving what online news sources were writing – as if a hierarchy was desirable.

  3. I suspect the AJC originally got the Barr PAC expose’ idea from LFV. How strange that in all these years, it never even occurred to them to look into his PAC even though he’s right there in Atlanta. Then LFV covers it extensively, and suddenly the AJC decides it’s a good idea to look into it too.

    Coincidence? Maybe, but probably not.

  4. I suspect you are correct.

  5. I think the lamestream media is getting wise to the ‘net as a source of info. A very dear friend of mine, Pam Fayed, was brutally murdered Monday evening. I was called today by a reporter for the Ventura County Star because several of my sites are effusive in praise for her and her company, Also, I knew her estranged husband who is likely a suspect in her murder.

    I suspect that AJC covering the Barr PAC does reflect having seen the story on LFV. And maybe IPR, etc.

  6. This was before IPR existed.

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