OMG GOP: Everything In The Republican Party Is All About God

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Remember once upon a time when the GOP stood for something rather than against pretty much everything? Remember when sanity played a part in Republican political deliberations? Remember the days before the Grand Old Party became God’s Own Party?
Look at the 1960 Republican Platform. Take a deep breath. Remind yourself that God had only been in the pledge of allegiance for six years, since 1954. Let your breath out slowly: God gets one mention.

Yes, an obligatory “We call upon God, in whose hand is every blessing, to favor our deliberations with wisdom, our nation with endurance, and troubled mankind everywhere with a righteous peace,” a prayer that actually comes after a very Obaman “call to service” that would have had 2012 Republican heads exploding.

If we jump to 2012, there are 10 mentions of God – God-given this and God-given that. You won’t find the word service appearing in the same sense in 2012 as in 1960. The word “abortion” does not appear even once in 1960, yet appears no fewer than 19 times in 2012 and contraception twice. Likewise, the GOP did not deem “contraception” worthy of mention in 1960. It wasn’t that people weren’t using contraceptives in 1960. The GOP just didn’t care about it.

On June 17, 1963 Abington Township School District v. Schempp (consolidated with Murray v. Curlett), 374 U.S. 203 (1963) declared school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools in the United States to be unconstitutional.

The 1964 Republican Party Platform mentioned God 3 times. That is the year that triggered the rise fundamentalism in the modern GOP. Not enough God in the GOP? There was certainly no mention of either abortion or contraception. Conservatives took notice: As the New York Times observed in their September 28, 1996 issue, “Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign brought many evangelicals into active politicking.” His defeat in 1964 was the impetus for the formation of the “New Right” which linked itself to the Religious Right.

Jump to 1968 and you still see minimal mention of God, right at the very end where it says something very un-GOP-like about liberty and justice for all: “We rededicate ourselves to this Republic—this one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” It also said nothing about abortion or contraception.

Go to 1972 and you will find no mention of God at all – and no mention of abortion or contraception. Again, it was not that people were not using contraception or having abortions in 1972 – or not believing in God. It was just that the GOP did not feel they were worthy of mention. It isn’t until 1976, when you get back to three mentions of God, that you see a single mention of abortion, and you still see nothing about contraception, let alone homosexuality.

1979 saw Jerry Falwell’s establishment of the “Moral Majority,” an organization made up of conservative Christian political action committees which campaigned on issues its personnel believed were important to maintaining its Christian conception of moral law. Of course, this conception of moral law was to be imposed on American society whether we wanted it or not.

In 1980 the GOP gave us one mention of God, as in God help us, and three mentions abortion. It even gave abortion its own heading. In 1984 God gets three mentions and abortion is now up to six, and now not only is abortion important for Americans but the GOP is against “all U.S. funding for organizations which in any way support abortion or research on abortion methods.”

The war on Women’s Reproductive Rights also heated up in 1986 when Randall Terry founded Operation Rescue, the anti-abortion group that blockades abortion clinics. Suddenly actual political issues were becoming less the focus of the Republican Party than so-called social issues but what are in reality moral issues based on a narrow Christian understanding of what is and is not moral. What is today called the “culture war” is in reality a war of naked aggression waged by fundamentalist Christianity on a free and open society.

You can see the trend toward theocracy. Certainly, party platforms do not tell the whole story, but the development of the GOP into a God-centered religious party is quite easy to trace. In 1988 we see four mentions of God and six of abortion and another of contraception and the trend continues into the 90s.

In 1992, Pat Robertson said to the Denver Post, “We want…as soon as possible to see a majority of the Republican Party in the hands of pro-family Christians…” Randall Terry agreed, saying in April: “What it is coming down to is who runs the country. It’s us against them. It’s the good guys versus the bad guys. It’s the God-fearing people against the pagans, and some of the pagans are going to church.”

The Republican Party Platform of 2000, when the Evangelical George W. Bush was running for president, saw just one mention of God but eight mentions of abortion, one mention of contraception, and of course, the by now obligatory stab at gay rights. Women got quite a few mentions, especially with regards healthcare. It was just that with those eight mentions of abortion, a certain type of healthcare was to be forbidden them.

In preparation for the 2000 election, the Christian Coalition put out 75 million voter guides to support of Texas governor George W. Bush. On January 20, 2001, Bush became president thanks to conservative Christian support, including especially that of White Evangelical Protestants (he received 68 percent of the white evangelical vote).

In 2002, Christian Coalition puts out 24 million voter guides. Religious Right-backed candidates win 18 new House seats and 11 Senate and Gubernatorial elections. A measure of the effort’s success can be seen in the fact that in 2003, 38 out of 52 Republicans in the U.S. Senate received 100% scorecards from the Family Research Council (FRC). This would have been unimaginable in 1960, in the days before the Religious Right’s invention of the culture war.

Not only is the GOP now so God-infested that there is room for nothing else, we are being told that only Christians should be allowed to run the country. Look at the recent Tea Party conference call that told Americans they need a Christian for president, because “anytime you get somebody who disdains law, doesn’t care for the law, who hates the Lawgiver and doesn’t think he deserves his sceptre, doesn’t think that the law giver knows what’s good for you, for us, then naturally you’re going to get pain, suffering, disease and death.”

Think back to 1972 again and the failure of the Republican Party Platform to mention God, and then think about the fuss made over the 2012 Democratic Party Platform’s exclusion of God. In 1972, this would not have been worthy of even a mention by the media, since the GOP excluded God too. In 2012 you’d have that it heralded the return of the anti-Christ, and indeed, that was the suggestion.

Today, President Barack Obama is regularly vilified as demonic and Satanic, and is even identified as that anti-Christ.

God, God, God, OMG GOP!

How about you focus your energy on being Grand once again, and put God on the back burner for awhile? You know, like in the good old days?

27 Replies to “OMG GOP: Everything In The Republican Party Is All About God”

  1. GOP only stands against Obama’s socialist policies…which you may deduce is all of his policies. John Marshall David taught him well. GOP is for liberty and freedom and individual rights. GOP’s God starts with a capital “G”, not a little “g” like liberal’s God, government.

  2. What socialist policies ? Are you another right wing idiot who don’t even know what socialism is?

  3. There is a big difference in talking about God or mentioning God and believing in God. Just because the GOP throws around the word “God” does not mean their platform has anything to do with God. Here is an easy test: Since God is love (1 Jn. 4:8), then whatever is done “for God” must be done with love; it it is not done with love, then it is not done for God, no matter how many times the word “God” is being employed. Remember, Jesus said that not everyone who says “Lord” regarding Him enters into the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of His Father in Heaven. There will be many who claim they are doing what they do for Christ, only to find out that Christ never sanctioned it, and has no idea who these people operating in His name were because they were not doing it with love. (Mt.7:21-23)

    Just one man’s opinion…

  4. That’s a very amusing assertion. Since it’s bold and without any background and you can’t prove one word of it we will dismiss you out of hand. You are a moron.

  5. my opinion is similar. I look at this fight for religious liberty or freedom as nothing more than a chance to discriminate in God’s name. I don’t think God has anything to do with anything that is occurring. I simply harken back to love thy neighbor, and if you can’t do that then don’t use God as a scapegoat for anything you do.

    I live in the South, where the Southern Baptist convention rules. I have worked with Baptist women who were totally sincere in their religion and faith, but I also know most of the men are gun toting, brain-dead Republicans were so poorly informed on what their government and their religion is about that it scares me to death

  6. Some of the world’s most worthless scumbags use religion as a way to excuse their oppression of others. These knuckledraggers use religion as a way to rope in foolish people who don’t know the difference between actual piety and self-righteousness. They do not practice compassion for those less fortunate or have policies that contribute to the betterment of all of us. They have no compunction about sending other people’s children off to die in wars they perpetrate, and they definitely don’t want to help the wounded warriors who come back scarred in body and soul. Because of them, I have come to be wary of folks who are always invoking God’s name, since all too often, they are anything but godly.

  7. Funny the GOP is the party of prey. They pray on Sundays and prey on the poor the rest of the week which is an insult to the teaching of Jesus to love thy neighbor and help the poor. You poor sick person so brainwashed you lost the ability to think before you write crap.

  8. Moses “said” that his “god” only talked to him. Can you or anyone else actually prove that Moses wasn’t just lying about “god” to his people to make him and his own spawn rich. “Confidence-man” Moses and his whole gang of priests and followers have had a long run of luck with their scam so far, don’t you think? Please prove that the “god” of Moses is not just a scam (in my opinion). The GOP and is now pushing this Moses god-scam thing for all its worth to take control of whoever they can to follow and obey them like sheep too be fleeced and slaughtered so they can remain living high off the hog in their fancy temples etc.. The GOP are the real (human) ANTICHRIST on this planet. If you ask me.

  9. The story of moses was based on Sargon the Great many hundreds of years before moses was supposed to have lived. He also had a rod that turned into snakes

  10. The fact that even in the Bible there was a recognition that the state and religion were separate shows how whacked out the GOPTP has become. Their idea that an all powerful God needs man to do anything for him is blasphemy to those of us who are real Christians. They have bastardized Christianity for their own purpose(s,) none of them good, imho.

  11. An excellent, well-articulated and true post – every word of it!

    I am sick and tired of the “bastardized” version of Christianity that has been and is still being co-mingled with politics under many different guises and still being called “Christianity.” This isn’t my Christianity. I’m certain that many feel the same way… but we need to speak out and not let the pseudo-Christians speak for all of us – because they don’t … in fact they never did!

    majiir, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Thanks so very much!

    Blessings…

  12. Amen, Father.

    I totally agree with everything you write – especially that everything must be done in and with love or it is (in my words) worthless.

    That is the only Commandment that Jesus gave his followers: “Love one another as I have loved you.” When everything is gone, LOVE is the only one that lasts.

    IMHO, if I didn’t have love, I could never function or do for others as I do.

    I work in a nursing home on the Alzheimer’s unit and also volunteer every week on the Memory Care unit of an assisted living facility. Yes, it is my privilege/ blessing to work and volunteer where I do and to spread the love I was given to others.

    Blessings…

  13. Jesus was a socialist!

    He advocated for social change. Of course those who advocated the status quo got angry and had him executed, as they did to all upstarts.

    Isn’t this what’s happening today? Keep everything as they are — income inequality, create an oligarchy, widen the gap between the rich and the poor…and the beat will go on until “we, the people,” speak out and act to change the system. If not, we as a secular nation is dead! And the sacrifices of our Founders, their wives, everyone who fought for our country and still do, will have been for naught.

  14. Thanks, Hrafnkell Haraldsson, for an excellent, stimulating article on such a worthwhile and timely article.

    Blessings…

  15. The GOP’s God starts with a capital “G” alright. The G stands for greed and the gross ignorance that conflates private belief with public policy. As to your bugaboo “Socialism” that’s that countries to serve the needs of their people with common effort, unless they like slavery, which it what your Republican party policies tend to create.

    You have lost the middle class soon you will lose democracy itself. “Conservatism” of the bigoted and the ignorant is a collective act of social suicide, by which America is destroying itself. You must be proud.

  16. Thanks for that link!
    “Governor Perry is collecting his $7,700 monthly state pension in addition to his nearly $133,000 annual salary as governor”.

  17. Strange article. Granted evangelicals were organizationally politically uninvolved and Catholics largely uncommited but “aware” of JFK et al before the 70’s. But I find most of the article presenting an Ox following the cart. Why should a national issue be made of being anti-abortion before it is illigal to have very anti-abortion laws? And thank you for the reference to June 17, 1963 being the day it became uncontitutional for a PUBLIC school to sponsor Christian Bible reading. So Republican platforms make light mention of God and Christianity in an era both are activly promoted by government entities and that means GOP didn’t give a rip about God or Christianity back then? A party platform is a good… platform to rail against what you disagree with it the status quo. Not a bad article overall though. Thank you.

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