Barry Goldwater on the American Taliban aka the American Religious Right


Quite ‘prophetic’ comments attributed to Barry Goldwater, the so-said, ‘God Father’ of authentic, American Conservatism.

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“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them…

There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.

I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of ‘conservatism.'” – Barry Goldwater

3 Comments

  1. This is a real eye-opener. It’s amazing that he could be so bold with his opinions about this. Although I’m not a conservative I’ve always believed that Goldwater shot from the hip and believed every word he said. I really respect that. Thanks. Keep Blogging, Keep Writing.

  2. Awesome quote. Barry Goldwater, despite his failings, is certainly one of the most unique politicians of the twentieth century, and a fascinating contrasting figure to the modern Republican.

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