Two of the most ignorant men in Congress, Rep. Tim Huelskamp and Rep. Steve King, delivered brief remarks at the “Washington: A Man of Prayer” event on Capitol Hill and then delivered prayers. Those remarks were every bit as stupid as one would expect.
Hosted by Mike Huckabee, the two hour event featured a variety of elected leaders, such as Rep. Tim Huelskamp and Rep. Steve King, who spoke together from the podium. Huelskamp asserted that God is at the heart of America because there is a small chapel located literally in the very center of the continent in Kansas, while King proclaimed that America was established by God.
“When He moved the Founding Fathers around like men on a chessboard,” King said, “it was preordained. He guided them.” Asserting that both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written with “divine guidance,” King declared that, as such, Americans must be “very aware of how God brought forth this nation.”
Mr. King, let me introduce you to John Adams, who helped write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and signed both documents. This is what he wrote in his Defense of the Constitution of the United States:
The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses…
Adams was a bit naive. He didn’t foresee the rise of extraordinarily dishonest politicians and Christian right pundits a couple centuries later, who would indeed pretend that those who wrote the Constitution were guided by God. They could use this as an instructional manual in how to pander to the most ignorant among us with lies and shallow emotional appeals: