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Thanks to Right Wing Watch, I got to read a ridiculous opinion piece from the 'Christian Post' about how the bible is the best voters guide. While it strikes some birther notes and subtle bashes on the President, I can only imagine the level of cognitive dissonance required to cast a vote for Romney based on it.

Birther, eh? Yeah, I think so. The writer says a civil leader must be...

Known (Exodus 18:21; Deuteronomy 1:15; Deuteronomy 17:15)
Civil leaders should be selected from among their own people. People must know the candidate. This is why the Constitution of the United States requires the president must be naturally born in the U.S.
I see no reason to dismiss that remark as mere coincidence. The concept of a "natural-born citizen" has been key to the debunked conspiracy theories of birthers since Obama took office, since they needed some excuse behind which to hide their prejudices.

Not that they're fooling anyone but themselves, really.

Right Wing Watch picked on the article, and rightly so, for specifying that the bible says to vote for men, not women.

A male (Exodus 18:21; Deuteronomy 1:13)
The Scriptures require that we "choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men." The word men used here is not the generic term for "mankind" but rather the word for "male." Everywhere the qualifications for civil leaders are mentioned in the Bible, males – not females – are identified.
Michele Bachmann shrugging her shoulders
I wonder if this means that candidates like Michele Bachmann should be rejected by the bible-thumping electorate? Perhaps candidates like her serve merely as a bridge, a temporary solution until they can all be replaced by men.

Keep going, though, and I can see...potential problems with putting this particular voter guide to use by the christian right.

Truthful (Exodus 18:21; Deuteronomy 16:19)
We are to elect men who keep their word. Most civil leaders in the United States take an oath of office with their hand placed on the Bible when they assume office. Our government is based upon promises from our leaders to keep the law and be truthful. Jesus Christ says, "Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one" (Matt. 5:37).
This may pose a slight problem for Mitt RMoney, considering that even Politifact (ha!) has two pages' worth of whoppers devoted to the mittster. Willard's lied so much that columnists and pundits now spend their time picking and choosing the biggest and most easily debunked lies, the most egregious flip-flops and denials, just because he does it so much.

That's not all, though. The proposed bible voters guide saves the best zinger for last.

Mitt Romney and Bain buddies, before they sought membership in the victim class (the one that does not pay federal income taxes)
Free from the love of money (Deuteronomy 17:17)
He should not have a driving hunger for riches. Leaders cannot be men led by greed and lust for riches.
At this point the choice for Romney must of course vanish in a puff of logic. So anyway, I look forward to the Obama votes rolling in from such bible-guided fundamentalists...

Just kidding. And I'm sure they are, too.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan, he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules." -- President Obama

    by tytalus on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 11:39:54 AM PDT

  •  Not surprisingly, (4+ / 0-)

    the word "vote" does not even appear in the Bible.

    http://bibleontheweb.com/...

    "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

    by cadejo4 on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 11:55:47 AM PDT

    •  True enough (1+ / 0-)
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      Even some of the writer's biblical examples, like Exo 18:21, are about people being selected, handpicked, not voted on. But it's not like they had much democracy then, or that ours was perfect right out of the box.

      "Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan, he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules." -- President Obama

      by tytalus on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 12:05:34 PM PDT

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      •  Right (1+ / 0-)
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        That's pretty much my point. Creating a "voting guide" from the writings of a hodgepodge of non-democratic societies is absurd. One of the verses cited reads, for example,

        So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.

        "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

        by cadejo4 on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 12:13:33 PM PDT

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    •  Absurdity of Christians being republican (3+ / 0-)
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      I have never never understood, and indeed especially now that I actually believe quite strongly(that's a subject for another comment or diary) how anyone who believes and truly understands the messages inherent about the Devine in any major religion can possibly be right wing.

      It goes against every fibre of the what I think is the  message, that of compassion, of love for our fellow humans, of making the world a better place. I just don't get how pervasively and time after time that message has been corrupted and misused until the religion is but a shadow of the truth. It is nothing short of a colossal tragedy that religion has been misused in this way and that good people have therefore fled away from it.

      Anyway as I said the orthodoxy that religious people are normally right wing has never made sense to me, surely if the world made any sense it would be the other way round....

      hope springs eternal

      by ahyums on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 12:21:53 PM PDT

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      •  Understanding vs. justification (3+ / 0-)

        I see this 'voter guide' more as cherry-picking, justifying choices they already want to make, like discriminating against women or other folks they don't like. A lot of it seems like justification to me. Like the 'prosperity gospel' nonsense. They already want to be rich. They find excuses for it.

        Still, I don't know that love and compassion is necessarily the 'true' message. And conservatives may try to flip that one around anyway. Abortion, for example -- they might claim that they are the compassionate ones in regard to the unborn.

        "Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan, he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules." -- President Obama

        by tytalus on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 12:36:41 PM PDT

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        •  Well truth has always been the cause for much (0+ / 0-)

          debate.

          but you know unlike many or probably most on here at their core I think every religion both has the potential and indeed has at times has been a force for immense good. ( whilst acknowledging the dreadful harm which has unquestionably been done in its name).

          I don't have the arrogance to say that I know I am right in this, but I think I am and the evidence that I have experienced and seen backs me up, but that as I say is probably best left for another diary.

          hope springs eternal

          by ahyums on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 12:54:23 PM PDT

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      •  perils of Ipads and the lack of an edit function (1+ / 0-)
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        just noticed "Devine" very very  embarrassing - sorry : that'll teach me to post on a tablet..

        hope springs eternal

        by ahyums on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 01:57:06 PM PDT

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        •  Problems with tablets (1+ / 0-)
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          have been around for a long time.  :)

          "Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan, he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules." -- President Obama

          by tytalus on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 02:05:37 PM PDT

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  •  If we vote biblical, we must stone rebellious (1+ / 0-)
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    teens at the city gate.   That's a pretty strong "late term" abortion.   Death sentences for men who have sex with other men's wife/property.  Step up for punishment now y'all congresscritters.

    Mittwitt fails just on his loophole-legal thefts of earned pension funds.  

    Let's vote biblical on "debt"  by not charging interest on loans and forgiving all debt in jubilee years.    

    Yeah baby, let's vote biblical on these hypocritical cheaters.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 02:52:45 PM PDT

    •  To be honest (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think the xian right wingnuts would mind stoning their rebellious children. It's not as if they really value life after birth. They can be extra fruitful to compensate.

      "Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan, he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules." -- President Obama

      by tytalus on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 03:20:24 PM PDT

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