Tuesday, November 16, 2004

And this ...

... just makes me sad. Garrison Keillor, who I remember seeing when he brought Prairie Home Companion to a California theater -- and who got the audience to sing an old hymn called "Tell Me Why" that was simple and uplifting and sweet -- apparently has decided on a scapegoat:
Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Keillor proposed a solution to what he deemed a fundamental problem with U.S. elections. “I’m trying to organize support for a constitutional amendment to deny voting rights to born-again Christians,” Keillor smirked. “I feel if your citizenship is in Heaven—like a born again Christian’s is—you should give up your citizenship. Sorry, but this is my new cause. If born again Christians are allowed to vote in this country, then why not Canadians?”

(sigh)

It hasn't been a good day.

6 Comments:

Blogger Tongueboy said...

"Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Keillor proposed a solution to what he deemed a fundamental problem with U.S. elections. “I’m trying to organize support for a constitutional amendment to deny voting rights to Jews,” Keillor smirked. “I feel if your citizenship is in Israel—like a Jew's is—you should give up your citizenship. Sorry, but this is my new cause. If Jews are allowed to vote in this country, then why not Canadians?”

"Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Keillor proposed a solution to what he deemed a fundamental problem with U.S. elections. “I’m trying to organize support for a constitutional amendment to deny voting rights to Catholics,” Keillor smirked. “I feel if the head of your religion is a foreign potentate—like a Catholic’s is—you should give up your citizenship. Sorry, but this is my new cause. If Catholics are allowed to vote in this country, then why not Canadians?”

Garrison Keillor is an old-fashioned Know-Nothing.

November 17, 2004 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Brian Dunbar said...

I really like Garrison Keillor. Listened to Prarie Home Companion for years, if not on a regular basis. Endured his occasional jibes and pokes against 'the other political party'. It's humour right?

Then he came out with that screed against 'today's Republicans', and he seemed to be pining for the 50s. Now this. Freaking know-nothing Boomer. Goodbye, Garrison - I can't listen without wincing.

November 17, 2004 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

He's Lutheran, isn't he? Lutherans are evangelical protestants. I've read their books. They are pretty conservative, for protestants. I don't understand what he is saying.

November 17, 2004 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Joshua said...

Yep,
Keillor is confusing. I love listening to Prairie Home on the radio. I think some of his stuff is brilliant. But then, I’ve read some of his other books; The Book of Guys, Wobegon Boy – and while the wit is still there, his lack of morals is disappointing and depressing.

November 18, 2004 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Politickal Animal said...

GK is a Lutheran, but I think ELCA Lutheran. Not the conservative variety like Missouri Synod or Wisconsin Synod. Liberal Lutheran. That's the ELCA -- they misuse the term "Evangelical" in their denominational name -- his politics and his church connections all meet on the extreme Left. Thus his comments about Bush and those who voted for him are not at all inconsistent. He is not a humorist anymore; he is just another hack.

Too bad, Garrison. You've sold your birthright for a bowl of pottage. Keillor and Linda Ronstadt and Sheryl Crow and the Dixie Chicks and Michael Moore and Barbra Streisand, et al, deserve each other.

November 18, 2004 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

I had noted years ago that the the wonderful folksy and *wholesome* quality that Prairie Home Companion had didn't make it at all into his writings. The last one I tried was "WLT: A Radio Romance", and while it had some humorous parts, it wasn't at all what I'd been hoping for and I gave up on his writing.

Well, I'm hoping that his audience votes with their feet at his events and their pocketbooks at the bookstore.

That's all the news from Lake Wobegone, where all the men are *wrong*, all the women are good-looking, and all the children are above average.

November 18, 2004 at 7:35 PM  

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