political vitriol…

well, sort of. my vitriol, that is. not the politicians’.

as some may have guessed, i’m following the current political situation (shenanigans?) in the US with some interest. makes sense, i guess, considering i’m a born citizen.

and Mike Huckabee and his supporters scare the crap out of me. the supporters more than the candidate, really.

but Huckabee is scary enough:

I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And thats what we need to do is amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.

you know what that sounds like to me? the first step on the road to right-wing evangelical “Sharia” law.

i’m not saying the Bible or Ten Commandments are a bad thing to consider when making moral choices. i actually think they’re pretty darn good sources to rely upon. heck, if more folks actually followed the Ten Commandments, we’d all be a lot better off.

but forcing people to adhere to what you think your God wants is antithetical to the ideals that this country was founded on.

and notice i said “you think” in that sentence.

it is impossible for human beings to know the mind or will of God.

but on to “Huck’s” supporters.

many of Governor Huckabee’s supporters self-identify as Christians and are members of the evangelical right wing of the Republican party. yet when interviewed by NPR, average Americans did not understand or recognize any of the Biblical references he is wont to use in his stump speeches.

perhaps most disturbing of all from NPR’s report was this quote from Boston College’s Stephen Prothero:

Half of Americans can’t name any of the four Gospels, and that includes the Christians. And half don’t know that Genesis is the first book of the Bible. Those are much easier questions than things like, you know, ‘What’s the loaves and the fishes story?’

how many of Huckabee’s supporters have no clue what the man is actually saying? how many of these self-identified Christians fall into the group of “religious illiterates” Dr. Prothero has identified in the general U.S. population?

i don’t know, but it really scares me a bit. i’m not the most educated or intelligent person in the world by a long shot, but i at least like to know who i’m going to vote for instead of just voting for someone who says they’re like me.

of course, i’m also far more tolerant of people who are different from me than the far right seems to be.

here’s another favourite Huckabee quote of mine, by the way:

I know what would happen if somebody comes to my state in Arkansas and tells us what to do, it doesn’t matter what it is, tell us how to run our schools, tell us how to raise our kids, tell us what to do with our flag — you want to come tell us what to do with the flag, we’d tell them what to do with the pole.

now, i respect the Battle Flag (and the Stainless Banner, and all the other true flags of the CSA) and the men who died following them. but the flag that flies at our state capitol has nothing to do with the Confederacy. it’s a 20th century creation, intended by those who decided to fly it in 1962 as a divisive measure to prevent the healing of racial injustices in the South. Huckabee’s seeming support for this symbol of hate really makes me wonder about the kinds of people who would support him.

but i digress.

please, just think about who and what you’re really voting for when it’s time for you to go to the polls, whether you live in a state that hasn’t yet voted in the primaries or whether it’s in November.

and don’t worry, i plan to kvetch about the Clintons soon…

quote of the day:

“Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.” – Gore Vidal

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2 Responses to “political vitriol…”

  1. audiobibledude Says:

    It’s sad how many people don’t know what the Bible says. If many Christians have not read the Bible, I wonder how many non-Christians have taken an honest look at what the Bible says.
    Consider these statistics:
    -58% of high school graduates will never read another book after school.
    -42% of college graduates will never read another book after school.
    -65% of Bible readers have never read the entire New Testament.

    I wonder what would happen if people read more often. Literacy research shows that those who read more are more socially and politically active. Other studies show that those who read the Bible regularly have higher GPAs.

  2. jhota Says:

    i would submit that it’s not the Bible, per se, that leads to better grades. it’s reading regularly that does it.

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