The Christian right is always telling us that if we don’t vote the right way and don’t do the right things, the bully they worship is going to kick our asses something fierce. Or if they want to put a positive spin on it, he won’t “bless” the country if we don’t do what they tell us to do. David Barton is the latest:
Citing passages from II Chronicles and Psalms, Barton declared that the Bible tells us that judges are to be “ministers of God” and are therefore obligated to “make the same decision that [God] would make” when hearing cases.
If Christians “want our land to be blessed,” Barton said, “it won’t be blessed without righteousness. And if you want righteousness, it comes from the judges.” And since, under our system of government, federal judges must be confirmed by the Senate, Christians must be dedicated to electing members of the Senate who will only confirm judges that will follow God’s rules.
“If you want righteousness in the land, you’d better get involved and you’d better look at the Senate races in your state and you’d better figure out which of these persons running for Senate is going to be the best on judges,” Barton said, “because if you want God to restore the land, you gotta start with judges.”
But remember, they claim that democracy is an idea that came from God himself (despite the fact that the Bible doesn’t say any such thing). But what kind of democracy is it to say that we can vote for our leaders, but if we vote for the wrong ones, God will punish the hell out of us? This is God as mafia tough guy: “The choice is yours, of course, but choose wisely because if you do the wrong thing, you might just meet with an unfortunate accident.”