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Lizard Man says creationist Republicans are dead meat

A curious anger

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs, an emotional opponent of any reminder that God made the world, today linked with another web site in hope of preemptively squashing the idea that a Republican who disagrees with him about creation might be elected to something important.

Almost daily, Mr. Johnson makes it plain that that creationism upsets him.  From what I can glean from his writings on the issue, his reasons for this fall into two broad categories.  I mention them here only because I believe Mr. Johnson represents the devoutly secular wing of the Republican party, so his views may be generalized to some extent.

What’s the problem?

First, he thinks belief in creation is anti-science, and he appears to esteem science much as Christians view the Bible, as an ultimate court of appeal for truth-testing.  This makes science hold the place of the sacred for him and explains the level of passion he evinces when posting about it.  Second, Mr. Johnson appears to think a belief in creation is the kiss of death for any politician who holds national aspirations.  This, in turn, kills the party’s chances of gaining control.

To understand this better, think of political advancement like runners getting on base in a baseball game.  Being a state representative is a base hit.  Being a governor or U.S. senator is like being on third base — they’re in scoring position if the team can get a hit.  Allowing creationists to occupy third base does two bad things.  Since creationists cannot win, he reasons, they ensure Republican defeat.  Further, as long as a creationist occupies third base, he obstructs more viable candidates from getting into scoring position.  This perpetuates defeat by repeatedly clogging up the scoring position with people who, in Johnson’s mind, can never close the deal.  As an example, he argues (and I am not making this up) that John McCain lost the election because Sarah Palin believes in creation.

A respectful rebuttal

The devoutly secular Republican establishment needs to recognize that it is a lopsided minority within Republican ranks.  Before proceeding, I must say that I am not a fan of Sarah Palin.  However, any realistic assessment of the 2008 election must conclude that Palin’s addition to the ticket revived an utterly moribund McCain campaign.  Rather than McCain losing because of Palin, Palin in fact saved McCain from the humiliation of a total shut-out.  It must be said that McCain didn’t play to win and got what he played for.  Palin could not overcome all that was wrong with the head of the ticket, but there’s no doubt that she kept him from a complete shipwreck.

Pubbies minus fundies equals RINOs plus losers

The reason McCain was initially headed for a two-to-one drubbing was because conservative Christians were contemptuous of him as a man of poor morals, famously hot tempered, notoriously abusive toward his (second) wife, an unprincipled opponent of free speech, and a flattery-craving sellout to the leftist media.  He was the least trusted man in the Republican Party, and for good reason.  Multitudes of Christians had planned to abstain from casting a vote in the presidential election or to vote for a third party.  The only reason conservative Christians such as James Dobson relented and activated their potent political machinery on his behalf was that Sarah Palin joined the ticket.  Had she not been there, McCain’s whipping threatened to surpass the worst ever administered to a presidential candidate.

The fact secular Republicans shudder to admit is that conservative Christians are a huge segment in the Republican Party pie chart.  Every Republican president from Ronald Reagan forward cultivated and gained their support, and none of them could have won without us.  Going forward, Republicans still cannot win a national race without the cash and enthusiastic support of conservative Christians.  It’s. Not. Ever. Gonna. Happen.

If you need any proof of this, just look who’s on third base in states where there is no conservative Christian influence in the Republican voter block.  This would be places like… Maine.  Or New Hampshire.  Or Gallyvornya.  Get it?  If you take out the conservative Christian base of the Republican Party, the vessel lurches to the left and becomes a feckless boatload of RINOs.

The new heretics

How has it happened that people claiming the mantle of conservatives have concluded that an otherwise unremarkable doctrine of the Christian religion is now an automatic disqualifier for high public office?  Since when has conservatism meant imposing a secular litmus test?  These conservatives reflexively see creationists as accursed Darwin deniers and heretics from a new and improved state religion.  To make common cause with the fundies is a step too far for them.  Their souls cannot take it.  No matter how desperately they need co-belligerents to man the ramparts of freedom against rapidly advancing Marxism, it is insufficient motive for them to abandon their scrupulous secularism and support a candidate who publicly confesses that God made us and not we ourselves. (Psa 100:3)

Scott Johnson’s recent Powerline article on George Washington featured a famous letter from Jewish leader Moses Seixas thanking God for Mr. Washington and asking God’s blessing upon him.  The letter includes a widely admired description of our government as one which “to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”  I am sorry to report that the vectors have swapped ends since Mr. Seixas’ day.  Even conservative commentators have tilted toward the un-American methods of leftist PeeCee by identifying a mainstream Christian belief and declaring it anathema for any contender for public office.

Cutting the Jeffersonian root

Ironically, creationists are among the few who still profess Thomas Jefferson’s reasoning for why people should be considered equal.  As I mentioned recently, the philosophical basis for equality as explicitly stated in the Declaration of Independence is belief in special creation by nature’s God who endowed men with whatever rights they have.

Apart from the biblical view of creation, there is no philosophical justification for belief in so intangible and unenforceable a thing as “equality.”  If not for America’s Christian roots, where would such an idea come from?  Certainly not from Darwinism which came historically too late and which features genetic inequality and extinction of the weak as the true engines of progress.

Secular Man, if you sever the creationist roots from the American ideal of equality, don’t bother waiting for its fruits.  As Christianity has been hacked down by the activist courts from the orchard of American society, what has sprung up in its place?  A very different and malevolent notion of “equality” has begun to be enforced.  It is a Marxist notion that force-fits us with equality of outcomes, pulling down all equally so that none may rise, for the only place where results can be guaranteed equal is at the bottom.

And without the one whom Jefferson called “nature’s God,” this is all the equality you’ll have left.  True liberty is the Creator’s gift to man, and this nation obtained it only after she acknowledged that, in writing, before all the world.  I am ashamed of Americans who now think this acknowledgement has no place in public life.

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