Setting public policy according to the Word

Some politicians want to set public policy according to the teachings of the Word. In doing so, they are trying to set up a theocratic government. Right now, the most powerful of these Christian Taliban is evidently Nancy Pelosi. Here is what the pro-abortion Speaker of the House had to say:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she believes she must pursue public policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus Christ, “The Word made Flesh.”

Pelosi, who is a Catholic and who favors legalized abortion, voted against the ban on partial-birth abortion that was enacted into law in 2003.

At a May 6 Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill, the speaker said: “They ask me all the time, ‘What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?’ And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?’ And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word.”

“And that Word,” Pelosi said, “is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.

“Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.”

So what I want to know is this: Are all Christian right wingers now going to defend her? And are all secular leftists going to try to vote her out of office, knowing her true agenda?

Actually, liberal Christians have been talking this way since the Social Gospel of the 19th century and continuing into every convention of the National Council of Churches, which spends most of its time passing political and always leftwing resolutions.

Conservative Christians getting involved in politics are late-comers to that party, and they don’t always base their activism in a theonomic agenda, despite the left scaring itself with the prospect.

How does Speaker Pelosi’s statement show the problems with this approach? What is a legitimate way for a Christian to be guided by the Word in forming opinions about public policy?

Passing Health Care without voting for it

Our Democratic leaders are resolved to pass the health care reform bill no matter what.  Even if it doesn’t have the votes.  Here is the latest strategy:

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate's health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.

Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health-care bill to be passed.

The tactic — known as a “self-executing rule” or a “deem and pass” — has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.

“It's more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know,” the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. “But I like it,” she said, “because people don't have to vote on the Senate bill.”

via House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it – washingtonpost.com.


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