Wednesday, February 06, 2008

God Hates John McCain (no, really, some important religious guy told me so!)

So Dr. James Dobson admitted today that if he had to, he'd vote for either Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee. Twist his arm if you have to. If you haven't been keeping track, right before Super Tuesday Dr. Dobson said that he could not in good conscience vote for John McCain and that if he won the nomination the general election "will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime." And is "convinced that Senator McCain is not a conservative and... has at times sounded more like a member of the other party." Dr. Dobson vowed that he would not vote for the first time in his life.

I'm not sure what Dr. Dobson's beef is with Governor Huckabee, a former minister whose policies, while in some respects could be described as populist, is the only candidate who most closely matches the "social conservativism" that is so important to the Religious Right. At the same time, Governor Romney has been claiming all along he's the most in line with staunch conservatives, although his record as governor would beg to differ. Evangelical leaders have been hesitant to support Romney outright because he's Mormon. Yet, all evidence from primaries so far show that Huckabee and Romney are splitting the self-described "conservative" and "evangelical" voters.

One thing that is clear though, the evangelical political mouthpieces like Dobson and Tony Perkins absolutely hate John McCain. And this got me thinking, especially after reading Dr. Dobson's comments. What is so bad about John McCain?

I understand some evangelicals don't forgive him for calling them "agents of intolerance" in his last run for the White House. But that was more focused towards the "God hates fags" crowd, and in that respect I whole-heartedly agree with him. He also opposed President Bush steamrolling Supreme Court nominees whose sole qualification was what church they went to (Harriet Miers) or that they opposed Roe v Wade. Personally since a Supreme Court justice is on the bench for life, there's a pretty good chance he or she would hear more cases about subjects other than abortion than on that one issue alone. Yet there's the clear "lithmus test" that's existed for Supreme Court justices for years now. I guess as a Christian I should be upset he didn't vote to restrict embryonic stem cell research (a very grey area ethically, no matter what religion you are), opposes a Constitutional amendment defining marriage (which I believe is an insult to the spirit of that living document), and opposed President Bush's tax cuts.

Waitaminute. Tax cuts? That's a religious issue? I guess it is to Dr. Dobson. But I think the real nail in the coffin for McCain is that he is responsible for the McCain-Feingold campaign reform bill. What does campaign reform have to do with religion? Well, opponents claim that it prevents groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council (hmmm, I see a connection) from spending obscene amounts of money in political campaigns. Supporters note that it applies to all special interest groups, and restrictions keep candidates from promising favors in return for financial backing. By the way, to put this in perspective, last week leading up to Super Tuesday it was reported that Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama were each spending $1 million A DAY on TV adds. And it was reported today that Clinton "loaned" her campain $5 million. That's a lot of money that comes from somewhere. And I'd much rather see evangelical organizations spend those kinds of sums on mission work, philanthropy, and local ministry. But Dobson and others feel differently.

There's a lot of evidence that Dobson and the like don't have the same influence they had getting President Bush elected. Even so, it's a dangerous stance for an Ambassador of Christ. Especially considering one of Dr. Dobson's critiques of John McCain was that he more often than not resembled someone from the "other" party. As if the whole Democratic Party is a bunch of Baal worshipers.

For more on this see this article at Slate and these at the God-o-meter blog at Beliefnet.

To close, I want to remind Christians of their citizenship.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as
his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was
going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a
foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with
him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with
foundations, whose architect and builder is God....

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not
receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a
distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People
who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If
they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had
opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a
heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has
prepared a city for them. (Heb 11:8-10, 13-16)

Our true citizenship is in heaven and we're only renting space here. Our political allegience should be to no party, no special interest, no race or gender, but to God alone.


Danny Vice said...

Conservatives are beginning to amaze me in their inability to see what's really at stake here.

This election is about more than McCain and his inability to follow conservative principals - and that has been proven true a hundred times.

But how is handing the whole country over to liberals a suitable alternative to McCain?

There is a serious difference between McCain and a pure bread liberal who is bent on destroying ALL conservative values as well as our country with them.

Anti McCain commentators such as Rush Limbaugh have ventured the idea that perhaps we should sit this election out and let the Dems have a term in office, claiming it might pave the way for a future shot at a candidate he and others will like in four years.

Imagine the damage our country will endure if Democrats control all three branches of government for 4 to 8 years.

This would give liberals what they will treat as a clear sign from America that is it ready to move sharply to the left. Not slightly to the left.

My daughters will come of age in the next 4 to 8 years, and I'd rather have 50% of McCains earn than 0% of a destruction bent liberal's ear.

Cherry picking our candidate is exactly what got us INTO this mess, and if conservatives aren’t careful, they may throw the entire country into a liberal spin that can take a decade(s) to pull back out of.

There is no such thing as a quick recovery from 4 years of liberalism unchecked. We may be facing what will take years and years of damage to undo. What’s more, there’s no guarantee that it WILL be undone. Have conservatives completely forgotten Roe v. Wade and other extremely important issues? We need an allie on every core issue we can get.

Questioning McCain was right and highly useful for a time and a season. Many of us wish we had acted sooner to support Romney or Huck....

But staying home on election day allows liberals a pass to capture all THREE branches of Government. Do you want your kids growing up in that kind of environment?

I'm not asking anyone to sacrifice their own belief or convictions, but we have a serious serious problem here, that we can't afford to fall asleep on.

Give it some thought, friends.

Danny Vice

Mircea said...

Good post.