How are the birthers taking their defeat? I wrote already about Orly Taitz reconsidering her options. Many of the “usual suspects” haven’t published since the election, but here are some reactions from the Bad and the Ugly lists.
Canada Free Press
Not just a birther site, the Canada Free Press expresses a markedly gloomy outlook in an article by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh that begins:
Our Constitutional Republic died a peaceful death on November 6, 2012. Having reached the point of no return in a comatose state after years of progressive and illegal immigration assaults, the fabric of conservative society is now completely unraveled and Uncle Sam’s America is no more.
More interesting and perhaps more troubling is the invocation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in an article by Doug Hagemann, “Turning a political decision into your spiritual mandate.” Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and founder of the Confessing Church in Germany, a group that denied the authority of the Nazi state over the churches in Germany. Their manifesto, the Barmen Declaration, seems perhaps mild by today’s standards, but was certainly heroic in its time (note that Lutherans are called the Evangelical Church in Germany). Author Hagemann, however, didn’t mentioned Barmen, but rather focused on the capitulation of much of the church in Germany to the Nazis. While I know Bonhoeffer from his books: Letters and Papers from Prison and The Cost of Discipleship, most know him for his participation in a plot to assassinate Hitler for which he was imprisoned and executed. Even though the article says (at the very end), “Make no mistake – this is obviously not a call for violence, but a call for leadership to every Christian living in the United States,” and I would hold up Bonhoeffer as a man worthy of study and emulation, still the invocation of him in the present and the comparison of the United States to the Nazis is troubling.