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Bob Barr On a Literal Witch Hunt!
by Dave "Doctor" GonzoMonday, June 7, 1999 --- New York (APJP) -- You couldn't dream of a better target for "DIS-patch" than Rep. Bob Barr (R-17th Century Salem via Georgia).He's the poster child for political hypocrisy.He supports the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the halls of Congress, yet still finds time to sign a check so that his wife's own pregnancy can be terminated. He has avoided the subject of his own lineage )which reportedly includes Haitian ancestors), yet has made speaking appearances before those paragons of old-fashioned values like Jim Crow and segregation, the CCC. He rants about the decline in American morals and values -- when he's not busy being photographed licking whipped cream off the breast of a stripper. He tries to harass Bill Clinton out of office making exaggerated and fraudulent claims that he is a perjurer, yet appears to have perjured himself in a deposition made in 1986 -- that is, when he was not hiding behind Georgia's equivalent of the fifth amendment.Larry Flynt, pornographer supreme and staunch opponent of hypocrites everywhere, said Barr "could teach slippery behavior to a greased weasel." That almost comes across as a compliment.Well, fans, if defending America from the threats of sensible gun control and freedom of choice -- not to mention attempting to subvert the Constitution by abusing the powers of impeachment -- weren't enough, Barr is off on another witch hunt.Literally.The esteemed congressman from Georgia's seventh district has begun a campaign against something that may prove an even greater threat to national security than campaign cash from Chinese businessmen tied to the Red Army being pocketed by their own bagman:Witches in the military.No, I'm not making this up.This one nearly slipped under even the APJ radar, but one of our readers alerted us to a story from last week's Atlanta Journal-Constitution in which it was reported that during a speech in his home district, Barr had ranted about a base commander at Fort Hood in Texas allowing a Wiccan ritual on his base (Wicca is the correct term for traditional pagan witchcraft as a religion).Now, slippery ol' Bob may be shocked to learn that Wicca is a constitutionally-protected religion -- afforded the very same rights that Pat Robertson variety of money-grubbing Evangelical Christianity is.Here's part of Barr's tirade, quoted from the article: "Wicca threatened to erode military discipline ... and the First Amendment needed to take a back seat to that concern."