Mike Adams

Just when I thought I had seen it all, I realized I haven?t. I hope you?ll pardon my deflated tone as the realization came just a few minutes ago.

As I was walking through the hall to check my mail (minding my own business, as usual) a flyer on one of my ?colleagues?? doors caught my eye.  In big, bold letters it read: God is not a Republican or a Democrat.

At first, the flyer appeared to express an opinion with which I agreed. That was until I kept reading and discovered the real point of the flyer. After quoting Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson (the usual whipping boys of the irreligious left), it went on to say that ?These leaders of the Religious Right mistakenly claim that God has taken a side in this election, and that Christians should only vote for George W. Bush.?

In other words, those radical members of the religious right think that God endorses Bush, when He doesn?t really endorse either candidate. That?s all the flyer was saying, right? Wrong.

Claiming not to be ?single issue voters? (read: simple-minded members of the religious right), the authors of the ?God is not a Republican or a Democrat? flyer went on to detail the ?complexity? of their political beliefs after warning readers that partisan politics and religion make for ?bad theology and dangerous religion.?

The authors of the flyer also stated that they ?believe that poverty-caring for the poor and vulnerable-is a religious issue.? So they urged readers to ask themselves whether ?the candidates' budget and tax policies reward the rich or show compassion for poor families? and whether ?their foreign policies include fair trade and debt cancellation for the poorest countries.? Just to make sure that people avoid ?the exploitation of religion or our congregations for partisan political purposes? they finished the paragraph with a couple of recommended Bible verses (Matthew 25:35-40, Isaiah 10:1-2).

They went on to say that ?We believe that the environment-caring for God's earth-is a religious issue? and asked voters to consider whether ?the candidates' policies protect the creation or serve corporate interests that damage it.? Just to make sure that people avoid ?the exploitation of religion or our congregations for partisan political purposes? they finished the paragraph with a couple of recommended Bible verses (Genesis 2:15, Psalm 24:1).

Then they said that ?We believe that war-and our call to be peacemakers-is a religious issue.? They asked voters to consider whether ?candidates' policies pursue ?wars of choice? or respect international law and cooperation in responding to real global threats.?  Just to make sure that people avoid ?the exploitation of religion or our congregations for partisan political purposes? they finished the paragraph with a recommended Bible verse (Matthew 5:9).

Then they expressed the belief that ?truth-telling is a religious issue,? urging voters to ask whether ?candidates tell the truth in justifying war and in other foreign and domestic policies.? Just to make sure that people avoid ?the exploitation of religion or our congregations for partisan political purposes? they finished the paragraph with a recommended Bible verse (John 8:32).

They also said that they ?believe that human rights - respecting the image of God in every person - is a religious issue? suggesting that we consider how the candidates propose ?to change the attitudes and policies that led to the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners.? Just to make sure that people avoid ?the exploitation of religion or our congregations for partisan political purposes? they finished the paragraph with a recommended Bible verse (Genesis 1:27).

Then they stated that ?our response to terrorism is a religious issue? urging people to consider whether ?the candidates adopt the dangerous language of righteous empire in the war on terrorism and confuse the roles of God, church, and nation? and whether ?the candidates see evil only in our enemies but never in our own policies.? Just to make sure that people avoid ?the exploitation of religion or our congregations for partisan political purposes? they finished the paragraph with a couple of recommended Bible verses (Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 8:12-13 ).

Finally, they stated that ?a consistent (emphasis mine) ethic of human life is a religious issue? urging people to ask whether ?the candidates' positions on abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, weapons of mass destruction, HIV/AIDS-and other pandemics-and genocide around the world obey the biblical injunction to choose life.? Just to make sure that people avoid ?the exploitation of religion or our congregations for partisan political purposes? they finished the paragraph with a recommended Bible verse (Deuteronomy 30:19).

No one with an IQ above room temperature could have missed the point behind this lopsided missive, which is: God endorses Kerry, not Bush!

But of course the professor who hung this flyer on her door is so hysterical in her opposition to the ?religious right? that she fails to see the fanaticism that runs so rampant within the ranks of Kerry?s base of support.

But you have to consider the source. The professor who posted the ?God is not a Republican or a Democrat? flyer has accused her colleagues of breaking into her office to a) spray tear gas, b) change the margins on her computer, and c) chop up a watch given to her by her daughter. Not to mention accusations that people have broken into her car to leave her obscene and threatening notes. To top it all off, she has been seen putting her mail into the microwave oven in the office to sanitize it. This was after she filed a false campus police report alleging that people were trying to poison her.

So, remember that the people we need to fear are the voting members of the ?religious right.? Not tenured lunatics who support John Forbes Kerry.


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.


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