Former Speaker of the House Tom DeLay, freed from trouble over corruption charges by a Texas appeals court, has a new book coming out in which he jumps on the Tea Party bandwagon whole hog. And he’s spouting all kinds of nonsense that will appeal to the rubes.
Speaking at a meeting of the Texas Tea Party Republican Women, he cited Colossians 1:16, which reads, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”
He contends the verse demonstrates God created America and the Constitution, and that both should be defended for this reason alone.
Wow, that’s brilliant. “God created everything” so therefore he created the Constitution and that’s why the Constitution should be defended. Of course, “everything” would also include Nazi Germany, gay people and abortion clinics too, but his “reasoning” magically only applies to the things he pretends to support.
DeLay told WND the Founding Fathers, “along with most of the citizens of the colonies, were religious, moral, and well educated on which was based their worldview.”
“From that worldview, they knew there was a God, and they called on Him for guidance. They knew that God and the Bible were the solutions for the tyranny they faced,” he said.
So why didn’t they mention that? In the Federalist Papers, for example, which were written to explain and defend the new Constitution to encourage its ratification, why isn’t there any mention of the Bible as the source of the principles of that Constitution? Lots of other sources are mentioned, including Roman and Greek philosophers and Enlightenment rationalists, but the Bible is never mentioned and God is never appealed to.
He said right now, America “is less the land of the free than at any other time in its history.”
Really? Less free than when we enslaved millions of people? Less free than when we denied women the right to vote, to own property and to get an education? We’re less free today than that?