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Friday, February 21, 2014

Tom DeLay Says God "Wrote the Constitution"

Posted by on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

RawStory's David Edwards writes:

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.


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disintegrator 1
Might want to check your math there..
Posted by disintegrator on February 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
God also wrote Slog.
Posted by Minneapolitan on February 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM · Report this
If James Madison received any divine inspiration her certainly never told anybody about it.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
fletc3her 4
God wrote the First Amendment so He clearly has more sense than the Republicans.
Posted by fletc3her on February 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 5
I have a truly nasty story about Tom Delay:

My dear friend's brother has a successful real estate business of apartment buildings in Houston. On his return flight into Houston with his gay partner, when the plane landed he was perp walked off the plane by the police and thrown in jail for a few weeks. Reason: He had written a letter to the editor of the newspaper listing the reasons Delay should not be in office. Delay then found some code violation of one of the apartment buildings and had his henchmen use that for the arrest.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on February 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM · Report this
NopeNope 6
Modern Law reflects exactly 3 of the commandments: Don't Kill, Don't Steal and, I suppose if one is under oath, Don't Bare False Witness. These aren't Christian-specific rules. It's pretty standard rules that people of all faiths, including those without any faith, generally agree on. People who suggest that U.S. law is somehow based on the bible are absolute fucking idiots.
Posted by NopeNope on February 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM · Report this
sloegin 7
Look at liquor prohibition, look at the differences between the OT and NT. God is clearly a flake who can't make up his mind.
Posted by sloegin on February 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM · Report this
AFinch 8
"when we allowed our government to become secular"...DeLay doesn't believe any of this - he will say anything at all to keep the rubes believing his line of tripe. Why isn't he in jail yet anyway? Still working through appeals?
Posted by AFinch on February 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM · Report this
@6, and then there's the first amendment allowing you to worship any god you want, directly contradicting the first commandment, which outlaws worshiping any god but God.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 10
Tom DeLay also has a very annoying last name to type.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on February 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM · Report this
There is absolutely no reason to even mention this guy'sname, let alone listen to him.
Posted by sarah70 on February 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
xjuan 12
And God also wrote THIS.
Posted by xjuan on February 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM · Report this
Fnarf 13
All the more reason to get rid of those pesky un-Christian amendments that followed after, which were written by the SECULAR DEVIL. Starting with #1. God wants you to own slaves. Well, OK, God wants ME to own slaves; he clearly wants YOU to be standing on the auction block. Me 'n' Tom, we got it under control here.
Posted by Fnarf on February 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM · Report this
AFinch 14
Damnit - overturned conviction
Posted by AFinch on February 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Christianity -- even the moderate forms-- pretty much requires a person to believe in supernaturally inspired human authors and roughly equate that to God, author. DeLay sounds absurd, and he is, but the idea isn't a foreign one to many many people.
Posted by wxPDX on February 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 16
The Christian god is too fucking stupid to write the constitution. The bible is proof of that.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM · Report this
Lissa 17
Poor Tom. He never was the same after he started huffing that Terminix.
Posted by Lissa on February 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM · Report this
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM · Report this
brandon 19
By this logic my 2 year service agreement with Verizon is divinely inspired.

Early termination fees ARE GODS WILL!
Posted by brandon on February 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM · Report this
sirkowski 20
Meth is a hell of a drug.
Posted by sirkowski on February 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 21
Really phoning this stereotyping redneck hate in today, Paul. Might be time to get a little script that will generate strings of sentences ticking off Founding Fathers, dinosaurs, Moses, guns, Tea Party, racism, nuke 'em, etc. Just mix up the order and you have a new post for every time a Republican says something.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on February 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this
seandr 22
I find it reassuring to be reminded just how stupid our enemies are.
Posted by seandr on February 21, 2014 at 12:34 PM · Report this
I wish God had written the constitution. The whole, "you cant be into materialism" thing might pay off for this country. One of the many reasons that Jesus was widely unpopular was that he had so little regard for property, and instead reserved all of those feelings for people's physical and spiritual health, even to the detriment of other people's property.
Posted by JonCracolici on February 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM · Report this
Fnarf 24
@18, it's comforting to know that somewhere in the afterlife, Ben Franklin is puttin' the moves on Sally Ride.
Posted by Fnarf on February 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Kolten Parker, at the San Antonio Express-News FTW: "James Madison, the lead author of the United States Constitution and the fourth president of the United States who died in 1836, could not be reached for comment."…
Posted by ssachita on February 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this
treacle 26
It fills me with a great sense of well-being to know that at least one important ex-Congressperson has never actually, you know, read the Constitution.
Posted by treacle on February 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM · Report this
And here I thought the dim-wit Paul Constant was going to lament the idiotic notion that the Constitution was inspired by a deity, rather than by some of the great classical philosophers like Hobbes, Locke, and Paine and the ideals of self ownership and property rights.

I should've known there would be no intelligent criticism here, just another excuse to regurgitate easy platitudes about the right.
Posted by Spindles on February 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM · Report this
RainMan 28
I'd like to hear what the Preamble sounds like in the original Aramaic.
Posted by RainMan on February 21, 2014 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Anything in Aramaic sounds pretty much like Klingon.
Posted by dextrose dave on February 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM · Report this
Fnarf 30
@27, it's pretty hilarious to hear a right-wing fuckhead claim "self-ownership" as a founding principle of a country that was in fact founded upon the right to own others as chattel slaves.

As for property rights, the main principle of the Founders was more along the lines of "if we can steal it, it's ours". Our country was founded on piracy and intellectual property theft. If you could read, you might have an idea of where the rum and textile industries we started this country on the strength of were stolen.
Posted by Fnarf on February 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM · Report this
venomlash 31
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
(bolding mine)
That's an excerpt from the Treaty of Tripoli, which was signed in 1797 by President John Adams, who helped draft the Declaration of Independence and served previously as the first Vice President of the United States.
Posted by venomlash on February 21, 2014 at 3:12 PM · Report this
Lissa 32
@27: Haven't you caught whooping cough yet?
Posted by Lissa on February 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM · Report this
After reading some of these posts, I wonder how the two most ignorant republicans in the world are going to do in 2014? boner and mccnonell. Can they defend the republican party anymore?
Posted by longwayhome on February 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM · Report this
@18. That's not Jesus, It's Aragorn! Did no one notice the White Tree of Gondor on his chest?
Posted by Courgette on February 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 35
Jesus and Aragorn are the same person.

Jesus turns into Aragorn by going into a phone booth and taking off his glasses.... I'm pretty sure I read that in the bible... Um, in the back somewhere.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM · Report this
@5 I appreciate your posts, I'm assuming that is not a resemblance of yourself on your moniker, it looks remarkably like Nancy Reagan. I'm of that age myself so I can relate to the senior citizen category. If I'm mistaken I apologize. Back to Tom DeLay, the republican party is full of racist, homophobic and generally ignorant people who don't acknowledge the existence of persons who are different than themselves.
Posted by longwayhome on February 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM · Report this
I must've missed the part of the Bible where black people are considered 3/5 of a person.
Posted by StockBreak on February 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM · Report this

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