Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Our God-Breathed Constitution

When I raised in Christian Fundamentalism I was taught that the Bible IS the very Word of God. That is, that the Scriptures were God-breathed, based on 2 Timothy 3:16,17:
 
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (New International Version)
 
The most theologically conservative Christians still believe this.
 
This past week former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay brought pandering to this segment of the American people to new heights when he said:
 
I think we got off that track when we allowed our government to become a secular government, when we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that He wrote the constitution, that's based on biblical principles....
 
That was a snippet from his interview with Matthew Hagee, son of controversial clergyman John Hagee, and is my reason for suggesting he was pandering or "tickling" people's ears.
 
At first I thought DeLay perhaps had not exactly said that and was misquoted. That isn't the case. I've kept watching the news to see if DeLay would clarify himself by perhaps declaring that he simply misspoke. If he has I haven't found such an explanation. Neither have I noted a rush of conservative politicians attempting to distance themselves from this.
 
The claim that God wrote the US Constitution is shocking. And the implications of such a claim would be even more shocking. In that connection I am going to quote another politician, President Harry S. Truman:
 
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.

In fact, I think such a position is intellectual suicide.

3 comments:

  1. How many Americans agree with him?

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    1. That is such an outlandish claim I don't think many people can seriously entertain it. That's why I thought surely he misspoke. I used to blog strictly about right-wing politics and I had never heard such a claim before. That the Constitution was based on the Judeo-Christian principles - yeah; heard that; Separation of Church and State is not in the Constitution - yeah, I heard that; that there are many conservatives who place great importance on the "original intent" of the Founding Fathers - yeah, I know about that. But I just have never heard anyone make the claim that God wrote our Constitution. That is just about the silliest thing I've ever heard.

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  2. Ignorance is a terrible thing.....which politicians and former politicians liberally indulge in from time to time.

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