Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Harris invokes biblical parables on TV's 'Nightline'

Florida's most theatrical political figure, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, invoked biblical parables on national TV Tuesday night in support of her promise to spend $10-million of her own money to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson.

..."I am willing to take this widow's mite, this pearl of great price, and put everything on the line," she said. "No matter how much you have, are you willing to take what you have and sell it all for a great price."

The "widow's mite" is a reference to a parable in which Jesus praises a poor widow for donating all she has - two Roman coins - while those with more wealth offered proportionally less....

Let's see: The widow was poor. Harris is rich. The widow was giving her money to the temple. Harris is giving her money to win herself and her party a position of great power and influence. Yeah, pretty much the same thing, right?

Harris been portraying herself as God's Chosen Candidate a lot lately:

... Katherine Harris told hundreds of conservative Christians Saturday that she is "a work in progress."

Harris, who told a national television audience Wednesday that she would be spending $10 million to win Florida's U.S. Senate race, said she never would have entered politics if she did not believe that God wanted her to make public service part of her life....

More than 800 conservative Christians were attending a two-day annual conference called Reclaiming America for Christ at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. Harris received a standing ovation when she arrived at the pulpit.

She told the crowd that she studied under Francis Schaeffer in Geneva, Switzerland. Schaeffer is considered a founder of the modern evangelical movement, which encourages advocating Christian beliefs in public life. Schaeffer, in his book
A Christian Manifesto, called for Christian activists to demand "biblical morality" in government affairs.

Harris, a Presbyterian, said she "redirected my life to the Lord when I was only in the third grade." She said she was "blessed to be raised in a godly family." ...

Determined to stay in the race, Harris said she is getting inspiration from Bill Bright's book,
The Joy of Supernatural Thinking -- Believing in God for the Impossible.

"Everything is possible with God," said Harris, who never directly mentioned her Senate campaign....

She also told the group that she was inspired by the Lord of the Rings movies and, as a young woman, by the movie version of The Last of the Mohicans -- "because 'people were willing to die for something bigger than themselves.'" (Is that even an appropriate lesson to draw from The Last of the Mohicans?)

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