The lengths to which conservatives will go these days to deny reality is truly astounding. We’ve seen some whoppers in recent weeks as we approach the midterms. Republicans are pulling out all the stops and the facts are all getting sucked down the drain, never to be seen again.
Witness the American Family Association’s Director of Issues Analysis, Bryan Fischer, clinging desperately to the Bartonian notion that governments are instituted by God (Since you’re going to be voting soon, I thought I would give you a good reason to vote).
Here, courtesy of Right Wing Watch, is Fischer, apparently reading from a press release handed him by God himself:
So government – catch this now – this is important to understand, because government according to the scripture is not supposed to be neutral in the culture wars. Government is not supposed to be neutral in matters of morality. Government has not been designed by God to be a bystander or a spectator in the culture wars.
God has called government to take sides in the culture war, and God is instructing civil government to take the side of that which is right and good. That means government and those who hold government power have a divine responsibility to know the difference between good and evil so that they can reward the former and punish the latter.
So when government defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prohibits the recognition of immoral and unnatural same-sex counterfeits, it is doing a good thing. It is doing a divinely ordained thing. It’s doing its job. It’s fulfilling its role as a minister of God.
Nowhere in the Bible does it actually say anywhere that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Nor does it say that God actually invented governments, of course.
And nowhere, in our own particular case here in the United States, is there any evidence that God created OUR government.
In fact, it is an undeniable part of the historical record that a group of men got together – rich white men who were smarter on an order of magnitude than any rich white men we have here today – and decided to create a democracy. That is, a form of government based on the principle that political power derives from the will of the governed.
That is, government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Not kings. Not Popes. Not God directly. And not even under God. But the people. Let’s say it again: Government OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people. By us, for us. Not hard to understand, is it?
How do we know this? It’s in the document they wrote: the United States Constitution. You can read it yourselves. It’s not a big secret. You don’t have to spend a penny to get a copy for yourself. It’s online right here.
For the record, the Constitution contains the following mentions of God and his works:
Old Testament: 0
New Testament: 0
Ten Commandments: 0
One Nation under God: 0
Claims that they were called upon by God to write Constitution: 0
Oh dear. In other words, what theocrat David Lane calls the “false god of secularism” was not created in 1963 but finds its origins in the United States Constitution, the document that created the government of the United States of America.
Needless to say, what Fischer is describing is not a democracy at all, but rather a theocracy. The Founding Fathers could have created a theocracy, had they chosen to do so and had the people agreed. But they did not do so. They gave us democracy instead.
Fischer’s fellow crazies also insist the United States is a theocracy. Take “Coach Dave” As Daubenmire, who said back in April of this year, that “the reason religion and politics don’t mix is because they’re not supposed to be separate.”
Um…okay…If they’re not supposed to be separate, shouldn’t they mix really, really well?
Let’s test it out: “The reason oil and water don’t mix is because they’re not supposed to be separate.”
So he gives us this nugget: “The politics is the ‘playing field’ of the culture upon which our values are supposed to be played out.”
Which doesn’t prove theocracy, but Dave says it proves theocracy, and this is where it gets good:
“I’m not talking about a theocracy, though we are a theocracy, aren’t we? One nation under God?”
Yes, you are talking about a theocracy, but no, we are not one. “One Nation under God” does not appear in the U.S. Constitution. It was not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954.
And you do know, Dave, that the Constitution was written waaaay back in 1787, right? Not 1954?
“We are a theocracy,” Dave shouts. “God is in control! We are under Him!”
Not so much, no.
00000000. This is not binary code, guys, this is the Constitution telling you that you’re wrong, that there is no God in our secular federal government. There was never meant to be a god in our secular federal government.
“Notwithstanding the general progress made within the two last centuries in favour of this branch of liberty, & the full establishment of it, in some parts of our Country, there remains in others a strong bias towards the old error, that without some sort of alliance or coalition between Government & Religion neither can be duly supported. Such indeed is the tendency to such a coalition, and such its corrupting influence on both the parties, that the danger cannot be too carefully guarded agst.”
All this simply goes to show that Republicans have read neither the Bible nor the Constitution. This disqualifies them from the priesthood, or ought to, and it certainly disqualifies them from running a government they neither understand nor support.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.