Last week, NBC decided to omit the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance when it was aired during the U.S. Open Championship. This event prompted Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to say, “Well, I think NBC has a long record of being very liberal and at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God. And so they’ve had a long history of not being at all favorable toward many of things that have been such a blessing to our country.”
So liberals hate God. I knew it! Those bastards, thinking that they make their own laws and have to organize and work for their own existence. Damn them. Damn them all!
Ok, so I don’t believe that. But I’m trying to make sense of this guy’s statement. Liberals hate God. Let’s run with this. If liberals hate God, that must mean that they love themselves (i.e., people) more. Hate God, but love humanity (since it would be pretty silly to say that liberals hate God AND hate people too – of course, Michele Bachmann will probably say that about Obama in a day or so).
Now I don’t believe that “liberals hate God, but love humanity” really to be accurate because there are lots of liberals I know who love both (God and humanity). But from my perspective this appears to mirror conservatives inversely. In other words, from what I understand of conservative policies, conservatives love God, but HATE humanity. Why do I say that?? Here’s the evidence: 99% of conservative politicians endorse: the assault on Planned Parenthood, cutting social programs like they are the plague, slashing education, allowing concealed weapons, anti-immigrant legislation, anti-gay legislation, taking from public employees to give to the businesses, and opposing universal healthcare. And I’m sure I missed something. Conservatives love God, but HATE humanity. How else should I understand what they are doing over there in Madison, Wash DC, and the rest of the states? I mean, really? How else? I understand perfectly well that loving God does not entail hating humanity, but conservative politicians just don’t sway that way.
So who would I rather have running my government? Pols who hate God/love humanity or pols who love God/hate humanity? I side with the former because at least they are looking out for me. My question to Rep. Akin and his statement is then, “So what?” But…
This leads to what I really want to say. Why is it even relevant what a politician’s position is on God? Frankly, I just don’t care. Rep. Akin wants us to care. Many conservatives want us to care. Yet it is unclear why belief in God is relevant to running a government. If you love humanity and are wicked smart and have the power to be an effective leader, that is what I’m looking for. Belief in God? Take it, leave it, that shouldn’t even be an issue on the campaign trail. But the conservatives make it one, and a big one too. Weird.
Here’s one explanation for that: I bet they trumpet their belief in God so that no one pays attention to just how much they don’t like people. Any other explanation?