Christopher Hitchens‘ latest Slate column presents a bit of a problem. While discussing his idea that rejecting Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee based on their respective religious views is allowed, he asks the rhetorically question:
Does it seem likely that any article of the U.S. Constitution was specially written so that you could not publicly and freely and fearlessly say that you would most decidedly not vote for:
A candidate who followed the “Rev.” Jim Jones to a Kool-Aid resort in Guyana (don’t forget that this did actually happen)
A candidate who said that the pope could excommunicate other American candidates with whom he disagreed
A candidate who said that the above-mentioned pope was the Antichrist
Except… the politician who traveled to Jonestown, Leo Ryan, was the first and only Congressman to have been killed in the line of duty. Ryan had traveled to Jonestown to investigate the compound on behalf of family and friends of brainwashed cult members.
The only other politician known to have visited Jonestown is former California lieutenant governor Mervyn Dymally and something tells us he isn’t who ol’ Hitch was referring to.
Just a bit disingenuous…