I’m hard pressed to remember a GOP candidate in recent memory who hasn’t had God’s blessing to run. Securing God’s blessing, if you’re a GOPer, is apparently as difficult as securing a partner during coupon night in De Wallen.
Mike Huckabee is the latest in a long, long line of politicians — both winners and losers — who have claimed that they had “God’s Blessing.” Huckabee made the claim on Tuesday, adding that “God’s blessing” would be to fight a “secular theocracy” imposed by those evil, evil atheists.
During an appearance on the Christian Life Today program, Huckabee told televangelist James Robinson that his primary reason for considering a 2016 bid was because the country needed to become a “God-centered nation that understands that our laws do not come from man, they come from God.”
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
That first quote is more important than that second one. Therefore, Huckabee is full of bull. I win; QED.
If only it were that easy, though; epistemic closure is a formidable and self-imposed handicap.
Robinson interrupted, saying, “We have a theocracy right now. It’s a secular theocracy.”
Huckabee agreed: “It’s a humanistic, atheistic, even antagonistic toward Christian faith. And that’s what we need to understand. Our basic, fundamental rights are being robbed from us, taken from us piece by piece.”
Poor baby. Would you like a step-ladder so you can put yourself on that cross better? We’re out of nails, but we can substitute zip-ties instead.
At the end of the program, Robinson proclaimed that people should pray for a president that would “keep God in the center of their focal point.”
Huckabee agreed with him again:
Absolutely. And whether it’s me or someone else, and I do ask people to pray. For me, this is not just a political or financial decision, it is a spiritual decision.
You know, the only thing worse than not being elected president would be to be elected president without God’s blessing. I can’t think of a worse place in the world to be than in the Oval Office without God’s hand upon you. I’d rather not get near the place.
But if that’s a purpose, so be it. And that’s my prayer.
I’m going to go back to this nonsense about a secular theocracy. Secular means, “attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.”
Theocracy, meanwhile, means, “a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god.”
So what they’re saying is that we have a system of government ruled over by priests in the name of God that doesn’t have any religious or spiritual basis at all.
Huckabee also said that he wasn’t calling for a theocracy. But he absolutely is. Each time you invoke God or God’s law in discussions of public policy, you’re dredging up the specter of a theocracy.
There’s a really simple way to avoid this, too: stop dragging God into discussions about public policy.
You can watch Huckabee call for a theocracy in the video below: