GOP candidates: Islamic theocracy would be terrible, try ours instead.


Over at slate there is a piece titled Rule of Lord which is about some of the things Republican candidates have said about wanting a marriage between government and religion this primary season. I think Romney and Paul are the only two who haven’t stated such a desire, in Romney’s case possibly because he is Mormon and so other denominations of Christians are suspicious of his religious views. Let’s start with Bachmann, shall we?

Michele Bachmann says that God created government.

Yes, I’m sure he did that after making perfectly designed eyes for humans.

Herman Cain says that “people of faith and strong faith have allowed the nonfaith element to intimidate us into not fighting back. I believe we’ve been too passive. We have maybepushed back, but as people of faith, we have not fought back.”

Yes, because blue laws are passive. Because denying rights to women and homosexuals in the name of religion is you minding your own business.

In the category of distinction without difference, Santorum (of the Google problem) said: “Unlike Islam, where the higher law and the civil law are the same, in our case, we have civil laws. But our civil laws have to comport with the higher law. … As long as abortion is legal—at least according to the Supreme Court—legal in this country, we will never have rest, because that law does not comport with God’s law.”

That… sounded like envy to me. Unlike Islam which is used as a boogeyman… but we should get closer to that system.

Bachmann also said: “American exceptionalism is grounded on the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is really based upon the 10 Commandments. The 10 Commandments were the foundation for our law. That’s what Blackstone said—the English jurist—and our founders looked to Blackstone for the foundation of our law. That’s our law.”

Our founders looked to a lot of sources when considering our countries laws. That doesn’t mean they stole ideas from Blackstone, the guy who wrote this: “The husband and wife are one person in law; that is, the very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage or at least is incorporated and consolidated into that of the husband; under whose wing, protection and cover, she performs every thing.”

Rick Perry- Eagle Scout, Texas Governor, and uh… oops: “Somebody’s values are going to decide what the Congress votes on or what the president of the United States is going to deal with. And the question is: Whose values? And let me tell you, it needs to be our values—values and virtues that this country was based upon in Judeo-Christian founding fathers.”

Anybody else hearing whistles?

And last, a threat to Roe vs Wade from Newt Gingrich: “I am intrigued with something which Robby George at Princeton has come up with, which is an interpretation of the 14th Amendment, in which it says that Congress shall define personhood. That’s very clearly in the 14th Amendment. And part of what I would like to explore is whether or not you could get the Congress to pass a law which simply says: Personhood begins at conception. And therefore—and you could, in the same law, block the court and just say, ‘This will not be subject to review,’ which we have precedent for. You would therefore not have to have a constitutional amendment, because the Congress would have exercised its authority under the 14th Amendment to define life, and to therefore undo all of Roe vs. Wade, for the entire country, in one legislative action.”

Holy crap. Because the old days when women were forced to abort their rape-induced pregnancies with a coat hanger were better?

I really hope that America is paying attention to these primaries. I really, really do.


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