The recent MSNBC Republican debate among presidential hopefuls lacked any fireworks among the leading contenders, but it allowed those farther back in the pack an opportunity to set themselves apart.
Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo sparred vigorously in an attempt to emphasize their conservative credentials. It began when the moderator asked the group, "Who here does not believe in evolution." Brownback, Huckabee and Tancredo raised their hands. Each of the three candidates was then allowed to explain their position.
"Evolution is a hoax," began Brownback. "It is hubris of the highest degree for scientists to think they know more than God."
"You're right," continued Huckabee, "But let me add that I believe gravity and electricity are also demonic ideas intended to blind humans to the glory of the Almighty."
Tancredo added his voice. "So true, gentlemen. We have lost our way, and I for one, yearn for that bygone era when religion was respected and permeated every aspect of society. I'm not talking about the 1950s. I'm talking about the 1050s. The Middle Ages, when the natural order of society was in balance."
"Let me say for the record, that I was for a feudal society before I was against it," said Brownback.
"I wrote about 'The New Feudalism' in an editorial recently," remarked Huckabee, "Where I outlined my four point plan that will herald in an era of religious obedience, barbaric behavior and unsanitary conditions and no Catholics. It's what America needs."
Tancredo rose to his feet, and in a fit of passion declared, "These are half measures, my friends. What America truly needs is an Inquisition, a cleansing effort to reclaim our lost society for God. My platform calls for the arrest and imprisonment of Jews, Catholics, atheists, homosexuals, liberals, feminists and every other anti-American element we can weed out. We must smite them all!"
A chorus of amens throughout the studio followed the comments of Trancedo.