Dear God, Please End Your Presidential Endorsements

Sara - posted on 07/25/2011 ( 73 moms have responded )

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Now that Rick Perry is positioning himself as the next Great American Messiah, it’s hard not to find one’s nerves wearing thin at the number of candidates that God apparently sees fit to endorse, and even more, with their sheer gumption and embarrassing lack of qualification.

Rick, of course, is a delightful case of crackpot and self-aggrandizing delusional quasi-prophet turned politician, but he is hardly alone in being quite so ridiculous. In fact, it seems that God has called most of the Republican field to run; He just can’t seem to make up his mind as to which entrant He finds to be the most tempting. Perhaps we should make them wear apple costumes. The Almighty seems to be fishing towards the lower sections of the barrel when He dredges up the candidates that He wants to run. And you have to ask why, after all, for someone who is omnipotent, could He not pick anyone?

It’s not that much of a surprise that Barack Obama, an ex-drug using Ivory Tower type and formerly non-religious radical is not high on God’s list, even if he might be top of the candidate roster drafted by the less religious factions of the United States. God doesn’t want candidates that are big on that learning bent, but loves candidates that know how to pray!

Let’s just run through the list, shall we? Michele Bachmann is feeling God’s call to run. Rick Santorum and his wife have decided that God wants them in this the race. Tim Pawlenty’s star campaign recruit feels that God not only wants him to help elect the next president, but that that person should be Tim Pawlenty. Herman Cain thinks that God wants him in the milieu as well.


And of course, Palin has spoken in the past about God’s plans for her life. God’s list of endorsements is roughly a Tea Party revival, if it was held in a big tent environment and narrated by an appropriately excoriating sermon. Perhaps Glenn Beck could MC the entire do.

And oh yes, Mitt Romney, the Mormon’s chosen candidate. If you want to know about who thinks that he is called to the race, just track donations from individuals who have only donated to two political things in their life: Mitt’s last Presidential campaign, and the Proposition 8 effort. Then look at their religious affiliation. Then wonder if in fact it is more than coincidence. If you are feeling a bit sloth, ask Fred Karger and he’ll tell you all you need to know.

It’s almost a bit sad, to see God’s own chosen crew as they really are: Religious ideologues forcing their views into the political process, all the while claiming that their version of Christianity is the One Truth About America, a take on history that our glorious and only partially religious Founding Fathers would have abhorred.

With that truth in mind, you have to wonder, since God’s candidates all seem to want to reform American into something that is decidedly unlike the foundation that the signers of the Constitution laid, is God anti-American? If so, hold the phone Tea Party candidates, you might want to rethink your views on flag burning.

Until then I call on all Americans to not vote for anyone who claims that God is calling them to do anything. Either they are delusional, or they are lying for political gain. Whatever the case, we should want nothing to do them.

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Christa - posted on 07/26/2011

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No one said anything about not being an American if you aren't a Christian. All I said was if you are not a true Christian then you don't understand why these people say these things. Yet you continue to spew your judgment, why are these people not afforded the same respect you and your like scream about for Muslims or Homosexuals? Why is it only intolerance if the group under attack is one you agree with?

Rosie - posted on 07/26/2011

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christa jesus/god condones stoning your child for straying from god. pretty sure we need government...

as for what a TRUE christian is. i find that sentiment laughable and EXACTLY why politicians use god to further their agenda. you dont' believe what i believe so you must not be a TRUE christian, therefore not a true american. i dont' believe in god, am i not just as american as my mother who does? it's bogus bullshit used to divide and conquer.

Christa - posted on 07/26/2011

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Sara you are the last person who should be commenting on what Jesus did or did not support. Jesus was not a democrat or a republican and if EVERYONE actually did what Jesus taught there would be no need for government.. . .

Dana, I find it hard to believe that as a professed Christian you don't understand this and don't find it offensive.

To the others, since you obviously don't understand TRUE Christianity, let me explain. True Christianity is all about having a close and personal relationship with Jesus. It means being filled with the holy spirit, through which one can feel God's presence. Through his word and prayer one feels his calling. I know most of you are laughing at this and deeming this delusional and crazy, which is fine. But you should understand, when a person has this relationship with God they look to him for guidance. They also submit that while they don't know the whole plan they will follow his lead. So when these people, including Obama, say they feel God's calling they are just doing what they think he wants them to. Of course sometimes people mis-understand God's message and sometimes God's message is not exactly as it appears. He may be calling these people to run, but not to win or not for the reason they think. Whoever wrote this article very clearly doesn't understand Christianity and clearly doesn't know or care at how blasphemous this was. The blasphemy is what I personally find so offensive.

Sara - posted on 07/26/2011

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What I find funny is that for people who claim to be devoutly religious, most politicians political leanings are the complete opposite of Jesus Christs'. Jesus rejected greed, violence, the glorification of power, the amassing of wealth without social balance, and the personal judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs.. Just a thought...

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Courtney, I guess its' because there are many, myself included, who do not feel religion is sacrosanct and ineligible for criticism when due.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 07/25/2011

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I don't understand how someone can find this post offensive. Frankly as a Catholic I find it more offensive when politicians claim that God is guiding them in a certain direction.
Really guys, if the man in charge was speaking to you all maybe you'd do something intelligent. Like pass national health care or stop cutting medicaid and medicare. I mean I'm not God and He hasn't spoken to me in well... never, but I'm quite sure He wouldn't tell politicians to cut government funding to people who need it.

Sara - posted on 07/25/2011

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You know what? Religion is just another philosophy and it's not above criticism, especially when public servants bring it into their political platform. I'm honestly sorry if you felt personally insulted, that wasn't the intent.

Krista - posted on 07/25/2011

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And Courtney, I really don't see where the entire community is making fun of peoples' religions. As you can see from the comments on this very thread, there are several people in this community for whom religion is a sacrosanct topic, which should not be treated with any levity whatsoever. And then there are others who disagree.

Isn't that kind of the whole spirit of debate?

And really, is it not enough that non-believers respect your inviolable human right to HAVE your religion? Why do you also insist that non-believers also respect the religion itself?

Rosie - posted on 07/25/2011

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i think it's sad how so many politicians are USING god that clearly so many people believe in and find comfort in to further their political career.
mentioning god is only a way to get "like-minded" people on the same bandwagon. it's the whole us or them mentality, it bugs the shit out of me.
just state your beliefs on the subject and let people decide from there. winning people over with the "god calls me to" argument is clearly an attempt to divide and conquer.
religion has no place in politics and it irritates me that it has become so mainstream.

Dana - posted on 07/25/2011

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Well, sorry to hear you say that.
There are many things on this forum that I may find offensive but, I just move on to the next thread...

Courtney - posted on 07/25/2011

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Well I guess this forum, and community, just isn't for me.

I don't feel it is useful, as a community, to make fun of people's religions. Their politics, fine. I guess Circle of Moms disagrees with me.

Courtney - posted on 07/25/2011

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Well I guess this forum, and community, just isn't for me.

I don't feel it is useful, as a community, to make fun of people's religions. Their politics, fine. I guess Circle of Moms disagrees with me.

Dana - posted on 07/25/2011

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Just to be clear, this article is not against the No T.H.U.M.P.S. policy. Sara or the person who wrote this article is not personally attacking anyone here.

And what one person find offensive, the next person doesn't - clearly.

Courtney - posted on 07/25/2011

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Why did Obama feel the need to state his deity was telling him to run for office? Just because someone feels encouragement, doesn't mean they think God is saying they will win, or they alone should run. If you listened to more of what they say, you would see that many feel they have something to bring to the debate and to the table, just as well all have something inside us encouraging us to talk about politics.

I personally never comment on these boards, mostly because I don't want to be personally attacked- but I felt encouraged to say something because I feel that posting an article making fun of people's faith, even though it is "tongue-in-cheek" is offensive.

Dana - posted on 07/25/2011

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Great article, Sara. As someone who actually believes in God, it annoys me to no end to see people saying that this is what God wants them to do, they are on a mission from God, etc...
Especially when most of them clearly would like to kick the poor to the curb without a second thought.

Krista - posted on 07/25/2011

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It DOES call to question, however, why SO many right-wing politicians feel the need to state that their deity is telling them to run for higher office.

The article was obviously tongue-in-cheek, but it does beg the question: are these politicians pandering? Or do they simply feel better about their own ambition if they put a pious face on it? Or do they really, genuinely believe that their deity is indeed telling them to do this? And if it's the latter, how do they reconcile their holy directive with the fact that all of their competitors claim to have the same directive as well?

Courtney - posted on 07/25/2011

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I am sure it isn't anyone's intent to offend on here, but I do find it offensive when people make fun of politician's beliefs. I think it says "they are ridiculous, and if you feel that way, you are too". I think political debate is a wonderful freedom we in America (and yes Canada too (: ) enjoy, but I'd love to keep the attacks against religion out of it- and that includes the people who say Obama is a Muslim.

I find it completely hurtful that an article like this is considered funny- because I myself find encouragement in God. If you do or don't, that is up to you. I would never personally chose to attack someone for their lack of faith, or different faith, whether they are running for office or not.

I feel doing so violates the "no thumps" policy, and unfortunately I feel like a lot of religion bashing is overlooked in the name of political debate. Let's keep it to politics, and off of religion, please.

Sara - posted on 07/25/2011

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I just thought it was funny...I got it from another discussion board so I didn't have a link. Didn't mean to offend anyone...

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 07/25/2011

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Thank God I live in Canada now where God's usually very subtle about who he wants as Prime Minister. Though I really hope Steve Harper wasn't His chosen one.

Courtney - posted on 07/25/2011

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“I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I’ve ever known,” the president said. Then he recounted his own conversion to Christianity when he moved to the South Side of Chicago.

“It was on those streets, in those neighborhoods, that I first heard God’s spirit beckon me. It was there that I felt called to a higher purpose —His purpose,” Obama said. "


The difference? I am not mocking Obama. I do not like his politics, and I don't like him.... but I believe, as a Christian, that he felt like this is what he was called to do. And good for him for following his Faith. Having faith and trusting in God is very difficult sometimes, and I don't think any of the politicians referenced above, even the one I don't agree with or didn't vote for, simply made it up to "buy" votes- or is crazy for feeling that encouragement.

Christa - posted on 07/25/2011

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What is the point of this? Is there a debate or question? Or is it just an attempt to rile Christian Conservatives up? Talk about intolerance.. . . . .

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