Thursday, July 15, 2010

On Behalf of the Lord of (Extremely Rude) Hosts

Shakespeare noted that the devil can cite scripture for his purpose, but it's even true that the GOP's cohort of distant-orbit crazies can play the game too (via):

Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, repeatedly cited passages from the Bible in support of a stronger crackdown on illegal immigration. “The Bible contains numerous passages that support the rule of law,” he asserted. “The scriptures clearly indicate that God charges civil authorities with preserving order, protecting citizens and punishing wrongdoers.” Smith cited, among other things, Romans 13: “Let every person be subject to governing authorities.” [...] “Americans need not repent for wanting to uphold the rule of law and provide jobs for legal workers,” he said. “A truly Christian moral approach would be not to acquiesce to illegal immigration, but to work to end it.” [...]
Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King, however, complained that for many reform advocates the only “biblically acceptable option … seems to be open borders.” “I didn’t realize that the Bible barred the enforcement of immigration laws and neither did I realize that it erased borders, demanded pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants, or … forbid the leaders of a nation from caring most about the well-being of its own citizens.”King noted approvingly that “in the land of the Bible the leaders of today’s Israel (have) built border fences to protect their citizens from terrorists or illegal job seekers alike.” There is a “greater and more immediate” moral obligation to take care of U.S. citizens first, he said.
Forgetting the first few layers of weirdly evil audacity on display here, it's amazing that these cretins can't resist adding Biblical justifications for their views. They have other kinds of views on this topic -- something something they won't learn English something something they're taking away all our jobs blah blah -- but they simply can't resist reading their junk prejudices into the Bible as well.


Anonymous said...

The Bible also contains numerous passages that support plucking out your eye if it causes you to sin (Mt. 18:19), or becoming a “eunuch” for the sake of “the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 19:12). There are plenty other ridiculous things the scriptures clearly indicate that God charges, yet we don't do them. It galls me to see the increasing frequency with which politicians appeal to certain biblical passages to win over their religious constituents.

Whatever happened to "Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. (Mt 7:12)"

Dale said...

Anon., I can only guess what happened to the golden rule: it was crowded in on all sides by a bunch of passages that say very different things, or that can be read to say very different things. And the Jesus and his scribblers didn't leave any clear indication that the rest of the garbage can be safely thrown out.

This is my problem with the Bible: it has some good bits, and it has some nasty bits, but people are unwilling to simply embrace the former and reject the latter. Or they do exactly that and pretend they're not doing it.

The idea of "scripture" is a trap. When it comes to philosophical and literary "classics," we simply take the good and flush the bad. "Scriptures" get treated very differently. It's a problem.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that.