Archive for January 14, 2012
On January 28, 1521, a council of princes (“Diet”) convened in the town of Worms, south of present-day Frankfurt, Germany. The Holy Roman Empire, and its new Emperor Charles V, were pretty miffed at Martin Luther. He had thumbed his nose at the Pope and the Church. They were going to, in short, make him eat Worms.
This was the imperial council (Reichstag zu Worms) much beloved of schoolboys: in English, the Diet of Worms.
Luther’s books were placed on the table and he was asked two questions:
1. Are these your books?
2. Do you recant them?
Luther asked for a day to consider, and when he returned, he replied (in part, and in German):
I am conquered by the Holy Scriptures quoted by me, and my conscience is bound in the word of God: I can not and will not recant any thing, since it is unsafe and dangerous to do any thing against the conscience.
(English translation: “I am not a flip-flopper.”)
This weekend, princes calling themselves “movement conservatives” have been invited to a private meeting in Brenham, Texas, by the American Family Association’s leader Donald Wildmon. Among the invitees are conservative heavyweights Gary Bauer and James Dobson. Until this meeting, Brenham has been most famous for being the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream (line from a former jingle, now burned into the brain cells of every Texan: “The Little Creamery in Brenham Sure Is Big on Taste”).
Blue Bell is great ice cream, by the way, and is on the Diet of Brenham. (“We eat all we can and we sell the rest.”) Can it be a coincidence that the map of stores carrying Blue Bell is almost a perfect match to the areas of the country that will certainly vote Republican in the 2012 Presidential election?
The movement conservatives’ stated purpose is to unite behind a single NotRomney candidate, presumably because of Mitt Romney’s (shudder) moderate Republican image and his (horrors!) adherence to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Will he recant? Who will be the anointed candidate of the Holy American Empire? Will the Protestants pick Catholic Newt Gingrich or Catholic Rick Santorum? Oh, how the Worms have turned.
- Bauer: It’s not a ‘stop Romney meeting’ (politico.com)
- Social Conservatives v. Mitt Romney (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Social Conservatives Huddle To Prevent Romney Victory (thinkprogress.org)