Skip to comments.Politics and the bugnut Christians
Posted on 10/02/2011 7:00:01 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Because I wrote a book with "Atheist" in the subtitle and I go on political TV shows to hawk that book, well-groomed meat puppets frequently ask me why politicians like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are saying bugnutty Christian stuff.
I have an idea why these politicians have gone all religious, but I haven't found a way to explain it in a sound bite, which is why I'm writing this. I think the whole problem comes down to the word "Christian" and what it has come to mean in my lifetime.
Christian used to be a throwaway word. People didn't used to use it much. People didn't start self-labeling or getting labeled Christian until the last part of the 20th century. Before that, you might identify as a Baptist, or a Southern Baptist or a Methodist. But there wasn't one identifier that put you in a fold with all the other believers.
In fact, every religious cult was afraid of every other religious cult. The bugnutty Pentecostals didn't want the bugnutty Methodists to have too much power. There was no "Christian nation" for the simple reason that the Christians were afraid of one another. America was founded on Christians not trusting each other, and they sometimes seemed more willing to reach out to the godless than to someone from another sect.
Let's just hope our politicians keep expanding the group of people they want to serve. Rather than embracing Christian as the magic word of politics, we can move on to the truly magical word: American. And maybe we can even go a step further and make the magic word "humanity."
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Not sure what his point is, but he’s leaving out the influence of Communism. Godless communism, to be specific. Part of America’s moral authority to resist was activated using belief-in-God as leverage, bringing the various denominations together in the typical brother-fights-brother-till-distant-cousin-shows-up phenomenon.
America could not have been founded without Christianity, and will not be able to continue without it.
Let him rant, in doing so, those who follow this “enlightened” thinking will have a great awakening when he is finally comes off his lofty perch with an inevitable “come to Jesus” moment that we all experience in our lives.
The godless left can thank itself for the emergence of the Christian right. The left’s Cultural Revolution pushed believers far enough by the late 1970s that the believers finally started putting aside their differences and pushed back, expressing themselves collectively through groups like Christian Coalition, Moral Majority, Focus on the Family, etc.
If the godless left hadn’t been so ambitious in its goals, Christians might still be slumbering today.
Any reading of 18th, 19th and early 20th century American literature would quickly force this position to retreat. You will find it quite common for a protagonist or narrator to describe themselves as quote "Christian" w/o any qualifier.
Further, the election of 1884, which featured the virulent anti-catholic James Blaine represents one of the few Rep. defeats of the later 19th century. This in a nation overwhelmingly protestant.
And so the entire premise is contingent upon the ignorance of his audience. How unfortunate that that audience is as large as it is.
a left wing bigot.
Sadly, for many like him, the ‘come to Jesus moment’ happens AFTER death. And then they realize they were wrong...but it’s too late.
First of all, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry do not generally go around calling themselves Christians. They might when they are addressing a prayer breakfast or some other religious gathering but, for the most part, they don't make their faith a huge part of their campaign speeches.
But even if they did, so what? Barack Obama made his Moose Limb faith...uhhh, excuse me....his Christian faith a part of his campaign and still does from time to time.
So does Nanzi Pelosi.
So why single out Conservatives?
He should love the camps in North Korea.
According to the Bible the term “Christian” was applied to believers in Jesus at Antioch in the first century b.c. Doesn’t sound very recent to me.
Everyone knows politicans in the US should be good little amoral atheists like the Marxists and their libertarian comrades. The former Soviet Union and China is the ideal. They have no idea what they are doing when they try to divide ethics and morals from governance.
These intolerant radical kooks are unhappy about being sexually molested at the airports, but they got what they want - a governnment devoid of American liberty’s self control, inspiriation, human respect and ethics. It is over the top and ravishing in the exercise of it’s power.
“Bugnut” isn’t a word.
Not all have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment. If someone spits at God’s Grace and continues to hurl insult at God’s Christ Solution, the Bible is plain that He gives them up to their delusions, allows them to fester in their lusts.
How sad the textbooks and public discourse over the past few decadss may have resulted in his ignorance of facts. That he believes that citizens did not "self-identify" under the word "Christian" until the last part of the 20th Century is neither accurate nor credible.
Would suggest to any who wish an authentic history of the ideas underlying American's founding a visit to this web site, at which Richard Frothingham's outstanding 1872 "History of the Rise of the Republic of the United States" can be read on line.
This 600+-page history traces the ideas which gave birth to the American founding. Throughout, Richard Frothingham, the historian, develops the idea that it is "the Christian idea of man" which allowed the philosophy underlying the Declaration of Independence and Constitution to become a reality--an idea which recognizes the individual and the Source of his/her "Creator"-endowed life, liberty and law.
Is there any wonder that the enemies of freedom, the so-called "progressives," do not promote such authentic histories of America? Their philosophy puts something called "the state," or "global interests" as being superior to individuals and requires a political elitist group to decide what role individuals are to play.
In other words, they must turn the Founders' ideas upside-down in order to achieve a common mediocrity for individuals and power for themselves.
Perhaps Gillette is just a victim of their rewritten histories. Technology now makes it possible for him, and others who believe as he seems to believe, to discover that such a limited and provincial view is inaccurate and undermines liberty.
For instance, a reading of Tocqueville's 1830's "Democracy in America" would reveal these words:
"Religion in America takes no direct part in the government of the society, but it must be regarded as the first of their political institutions. . . ."Of his prior experience in Europe, he wrote, "I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other; but in America I found that they were intimatly united, and that the reigned in common over the same country."
". . . there is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America; and there cn be no greater proof of its utility and conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth."
(Supreme Court Decision Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States): Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of The Redeemer or mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise, and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian. This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discover of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation. . . we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth. . . ."
"I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other; but in America I found that they were intimately united, and that they reigned in common over the same country."
". . . there is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America; and there can be no greater proof of its utility and conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth."
It’s just astounding that these commies want to impose these kind of RULES on Christians. -”you must STOP calling yourself what you believe you are!”
Mr. Gillette, how about gays and ‘african americans’?? Why is it, at the SAME time, it’s people like you who INSIST that we NON gay, NON africans give those people the ‘correct’ titles? This is intellectual dishonesty.
Also, these conservative polititians are constantly badgered by the press about their ‘Christianity’ in order to ridicule them for it. THEY don’t bring it up, the socialized media do.
“Not sure what his point is, but hes leaving out the influence of Communism. Godless communism, to be specific. Part of Americas moral authority to resist was activated using belief-in-God as leverage, bringing the various denominations together in the typical brother-fights-brother-till-distant-cousin-shows-up phenomenon.”
Well said! I bump your comment and add a link to a better discourse on this topic than I could give:
It regards the agenda of over the past 50 years to subvert America from within. Many here are familiar with it, but I urge others, despite their familiarity with the topic, to view it. It is brief (6-7 minutes) and is an excellent bite to pass on, imho.