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The Bible: The GOP’s Political Handbook

03.13.09

In case you weren’t aware, the current US political system is split into essentially two major parties (Independent, you’re not quite there yet): the Democrats and the Republicans.  Although, this doesn’t really explain it well enough.  From the Red State point of view the split would look some thing like: the Heathens and the Righteous.

I used to get really upset and annoyed that the GOP just co-opted religion (namely fundamentalist Christianity) as one of the building blocks of their party and cast aside everyone else as godless and immoral.  Why do they get to have it all to themselves, as if they’re the only ones interesting in morality and family?  (Not that I want anything to do with their form of religion, of course.  Or any, for that matter.  But just the fact that they’re trying to make it seem like no Democrat is religious is ignorant and insulting.)

And when I read things like:

“Chairman Steele, as the leader of America’s Pro-Life conservative party, needs to re-read the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and the 2008 GOP Platform. He then needs to get to work — or get out of the way,” – Kenneth Blackwell, a rival to Steele.

So, the GOP essentially is just a Pro-Life Party.  Nothing else matters.  Certainly not the economy, since GOP governors are refusing the stimulus package.  No wonder the Democrats run Congress and the Executive Branch.

Luckily, the time for getting irate is over.  The GOP has crossed over into being totally laughable.  Palin ran on traditional family values and now her unwed, mother-of-one 17-year-old daughter has dumped her boyfriend (poor Levi).  I have no problem with this personally whatsoever, mind you, but when you claim to be totally against that type of lifestyle there seems to be a lack of sincerity and reality.  Mainly reality.  And McCain just continues being the crabby old man we saw in the debates.

Nevermind the fact that Rush Limbaugh has been the most vocal GOP “leader” for the past couple months.

The reality is that people do want that separation of church and state.  I know I’m sick and tired of religion being at the forefront of political discussions.  The crazier the right gets with their “holier than thou” political movement, the better it will be in the long run for all of us because it’s only going to implode on them when they realize that a small section of Southern Evangelicals will not carry them to the Oval Office in 2012.

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8 comments

  1. …when you claim to be totally against that type of lifestyle there seems to be a lack of sincerity and reality.

    What you do not understand about Christians (I am not speaking as a member of the GOP) is that Christians are Christians not because we are better or more moral than others – because we are not. We are Christians because we realize that we are sinners and we need a Savior.

    When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

    So, if you are perfect you cannot be a Christian. However if you are a sinner like the rest of us, you are a prime candidate.


  2. I’m not sure what your point is here. You seem to criticise the GOP for asserting itself as being a party of biblical values, and also for failing to uphold those values. Would you favor a party that just forsook biblical values, or one that upheld them better? How would you characterize the Democrats?


  3. Russ – I’m not saying that Palin is a bad Christian, merely a bad and hollow politician who simply rode the wave of religious zealotry within the current GOP culture in order to have her 15 minutes of fame.

    I do understand that aspect of Christianity. However, I’m not talking about the church. I’m talking about the Republican Party, which is a bastardization of religion and politics and helps neither side. These politicians are the ones claiming to be holier than thou and damning the rest of us as if this were some sort of theocracy, which America is not.

    It’s one thing to have differing opinions. It’s quite another to say that the opposite viewpoint will send that person to hell. That kind of rhetoric has absolutely NO place in politics.

    That’s what we have religion for.


  4. Ben – I would prefer a party that did not claim to be “the” party for the religious group of society. I would also prefer that a candidate’s faith need not be a factor in his or her campaign, too, but I’m not expecting that any time soon.

    The problem with the GOP is that when you run your party based on fundamentalist Christian ideals, which condemns sinners (namely homosexuals and those who have abortions) you’re going to fail. Because, like Russ points out, Christians are sinners. They’re imperfect. Just like the rest of humanity. So it hits a lot harder when you campaign on anti-gay rhetoric and then it is revealed that you tried to have sex with another man in an airport bathroom.

    I’m not against morality, but I’m against hypocrisy and sham morality. And sham morality is exactly what the GOP promises and instead gives us discrimination, bigotry, and moral judgment from on high.

    As for the Democrats, they’re more in tune to the secular workings of society. President Obama is a Christian, yet he doesn’t run the country like he would a church. He doesn’t act like the Pastor of America. I’d say just about all politicians, regardless of their party affiliation, are religious. They couldn’t have been elected otherwise. So to denounce the Democrats (and 67% of the population who voted for Obama) as being evil and wrong on everything moral and right for society, is ridiculous. And it’s what is sinking the GOP.


  5. Are you aware that 90 percent of America consider’s themselves christian? Let’s also not forget the Left’s Idolotry with hollywood. I’d rather read the Lord’s word than Sharon Stone’s. You are just like all the other Lefties who have never read the bible. The sin of Idolotry is the sin of the heart(Ezekiel 14:3-7). You dont deserve christianity, because you’re party does not live by it. I’m sure you also believe abortion is still a choice.


  6. […] MichaelMcF posted a noteworthy aricle today onHere’s a small snippet“Chairman Steele, as the leader of America’s Pro-Life conservative party, needs to re-read the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and the 2008 GOP Platform. He then needs to get to work — or get out of the way,” – Kenneth Blackwell, … […]


  7. Dorian – First off, you’re wrong on your numbers. A simple Google search shows that roughly 76% of Americans consider themselves to be Christian. Not 90%. And I don’t know why in the world you would think that anyone is comparing the Bible to anything that Sharon Stone – who hasn’t even been a movie star in well over a decade – has to say. Also, I am not disparaging Christianity. If you had read my post, you would notice that I’m arguing against having religion being a main part of a political party. That is all. Not that religion shouldn’t important in Americans’ lives. The fact that you’re telling me who deserves Christianity shows that you’re completely ignorant of the basic tenants of the religion of which you claim to be a follower. And why bring abortion into this? You’re the reason that Christianity has a bad name and, like the ABC News article from March 9th, 2009 shows, people are becoming less religious. Oh, and if you want to spout off a random Biblical verse, how about this one: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1-2.


  8. (clapping)



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