Ramping God in Politics Several Notches

Mike Huckabee’s comments about changing the Constitution to make it line up with “God’s standards” have raised eyebrows (although on Fox he clarified that he was only talking about a couple amendments — so I guess what the deal?) Was this a bit of overexuberance or code for something more insidious? 

Sorry, gotta ask, such are the times.

Along this line, Chris Hedges reports on a little history rewrite going on in Congress:

Here is an event I have no intention of honoring: American Religious History Week. OK, it’s not official yet. But it is spelled out as Resolution 888 in the bowels of a House committee, sponsored by Republican Congressman Randy Forbes and backed by thirty-one other Representatives. This is an insidious attempt by the radical Christian right to rewrite American history, to turn the founding fathers from deists into Christian fundamentalists, to proclaim us officially to be a Christian nation. If you want to know why Mike Huckabee is dangerous, why his brand of right-wing Christian populism is so frightening, you should read this resolution.

Sent to me by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the resolution has passages like this: “Whereas political scientists have documented that the most frequently-cited source in the political period known as The Founding Era was the Bible” and “Whereas the United States Supreme Court has declared throughout the course of our Nation’s history that the United States is ‘a Christian country’, ‘a Christian nation’, ‘a Christian people’, ‘a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being’ and that ‘we cannot read into the Bill of Rights a philosophy of hostility to religion….'”

And 888’s litany of historical distortions and Bible-thumping goes downhill from there. Although 888 may not come to the full House, much less get passed, this Congress does not inspire me with its ability to fend off internal mass hysteria. It did go out of its way to excoriate MoveOn.org for questioning General Petraeus’ fidelity to his calling, which the general went on to betray by operating as a political functionary of the Bush Administration shortly thereafter.

Hedges reminds us of prior Huckabee bon mots, which imply that the former Governor may be tipping his hand more than overgenerating his enthusiasm the day before yesterday.

The resolution may never work its way out of committee, and even if it does, it may never be passed. But it is important because it expresses an increasingly influential ideology. It underlies the ideological appeal of the Huckabee campaign, however adroitly the Republican candidate dodges these issues when speaking to the general public. “I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ,” Huckabee told a Baptist convention in 1998. He assured the crowd that he had not entered politics “because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn’t have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.”

I must admit, religious music does swell in my mind when I hear things like this. An old Bob Dylan tune, for example:

Look out your window, baby, there’s a scene you’d like to catch,
The band is playing “Dixie,” a man got his hand outstretched.
Could be the Fuhrer
Could be the local priest.
You know sometimes
Satan comes as a man of peace.

He got a sweet gift of gab, he got a harmonious tongue,
He knows every song of love that ever has been sung.
Good intentions can be evil,
Both hands can be full of grease.
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.

That’s sometimes, folks, not necessarily this time. But the song, it’s still a-playin’, like a flashing red light at an intersection.

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