Poor Ralph -- the more you know him, the less you like him:
In August 1999, political organizer Ralph Reed's firm sent out a mailer to Alabama conservative Christians asking them to call then-Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.) and tell him to vote against legislation that would have made the U.S. commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands subject to federal wage and worker safety laws.
Now those seven-year-old words are coming back to haunt Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition and a candidate for the Republican nomination to be Georgia's lieutenant governor.
"The radical left, the Big Labor Union Bosses, and Bill Clinton want to pass a law preventing Chinese from coming to work on the Marianas Islands," the mailer from Reed's firm said. The Chinese workers, it added, "are exposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ" while on the islands, and many "are converted to the Christian faith and return to China with Bibles in hand."
Awwwwwww ... that's so sweet. This next part -- not so sweet:
A year earlier, the Department of the Interior -- which oversees federal policy toward the U.S. territory -- presented a very different picture of life for Chinese workers on the islands. An Interior report found that Chinese women were subject to forced abortions and that women and children were subject to forced prostitution in the local sex-tourism industry.
Because, in Ralph's Gospel-inspired world, nothing says "God loves you" like forced abortions and child prostitution. But don't worry, Ralph. No matter how loathsome or despicable a human being you're exposed to be, God will still love you. And, for that matter, so will these people.
Just no accounting for taste, I guess.
OPTIMISTIC AFTERSNARK: I can only imagine how horrified these folks will be over the thought of forced abortions and child prostitution, so I'm bracing myself for the tidal wave of outrage sure to be emanating from that site any minute now.
Yessir, annnnnnny minute now ...