Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) this week warned Americans to remember that God “wrote the Constitution” based on the Bible.
“I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government,” DeLay explained. “When we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.”
DeLay, of course, hasn't been a Republican leader for a long time now. And plenty of Americans think that God wants America to be special—that's one of the pitfalls of being a species that embraces both religion and nationalism at the same time. But DeLay's argument that God wrote the Constitution is a special kind of dim-wittedness that can only come from a culture that believes the world is 6,000 years old, that there's roughly four thousand years from the creation of the universe to the writing of the Constitution.
This idiotic perspective makes all history into a fairy tale, where the Founding Fathers might as well have been riding Tyrannosaurus Rexes to Philadelphia, and where Moses could practically be Paul Revere's great-great grandfather. The neoconservative disdain for science and history causes real problems, like men who once held great power thinking that their God insists that every American own at least one gun. This sort of argument ends with evangelicals who want to nuke the Middle East to bring about the end times. I'm so glad this fuckup isn't in power anymore.