Barton: God Is Blackmailing Americans For Their Votes

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.”

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  • Chiroptera

    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?

    Yeah, I would like to think that voting for the wrong leaders is its own punishment.

  • eric

    judges are to be “ministers of God” and are therefore obligated to “make the same decision that [God] would make” when hearing cases.

    “You’re forgiven. You too. And you.” Well, at least our jail system wouldn’t cost so much.

  • Artor

    Nice Constitutional Democracy you got there. Shame if something was to happen to it…

  • Loqi

    It’s true. God was spotted outside polling stations with a baseball bat threatening people if they didn’t vote the way the New Invisible Panthers wanted them to vote.

  • hrafn

    Except that the Biblical judges, acting as ad hoc warlords, are vastly different from the permanent professional judiciary of today.

    It seems that Barton can’t even get his Bible right, let alone his history.

  • alanb

    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?

    Given that this is the same God that gives us free will and then punishes us if we don’t use it the way He wants, this makes perfect sense.

  • John Pieret

    God Is Blackmailing Americans For Their Votes

    It ain’t god, of course, it’s the “leaders” of a sect that is a small minority of the world’s population who are trying to blackmail the other members of its own sect. The sad thing is all too many of them are happy to be blackmailed in this way.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    “Blackmail”?

    Just what embarrassment will this god person expose about America(ns) if his demands are not met?

  • tsig

    Science told me that if we don’t start showing more respect then Science is going to remove his protective hands from the USA. There will be no more friction but that won’t matter ’cause we’ll be floating around with no gravity.

    Repent now and call on the names of Darwin and Newton and hope the calamity can be avoided.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Pierce R. Butler “Just what embarrassment will this god person expose about America(ns) if his demands are not met?”

    God has all the pictures.

  • Jared James

    “Nice little republic ya got there; shame if no more nonspecific good things was to happen to it.”

  • http://dailydouq.wordpress.com dailydouq

    Assuming they accept the literal Constitutional language of no religious tests for office, exactly which god do they expect the judges to serve. I thought they were freaked at the idea of sharia (it would almost be worth it for me to be subject to it to watch xtians squirm when they felt the lash of god’s law). Personally I’ll FSM since a bowl of pasta dumped on my head by a judge wouldn’t be too bad.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    So… God is engaging in illegal voter fraud?

  • freehand

    This tells me a lot about how Barton thinks democracy works.