November 03, 2014

Story in Stupidity: David Barton wants you to get out and vote

Election Day is tomorrow! I'm looking forward to voting; how about you?

In honor of Election Day, I'd like to point you towards this piece from Right Wing Watch, which is some great encouragement from David Barton for all of you voters out there. From RWW:

Once again, David Barton has joined prosperity gospel preacher Kenneth Copeland for another week of programs encouraging Christians to be sure to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, especially for candidates running for the U.S. Senate because it is through judges that America with either be cursed or blessed. 
Citing passages from II Chronicles and Psalms, Barton declared that the Bible tells us that judges are to be "ministers of God" and are therefore obligated to "make the same decision that [God] would make" when hearing cases. 
If Christians "want our land to be blessed," Barton said, "it won't be blessed without righteousness. And if you want righteousness, it comes from the judges." And since, under our system of government, federal judges must be confirmed by the Senate, Christians must be dedicated to electing members of the Senate who will only confirm judges that will follow God's rules.
"If you want righteousness in the land, you'd better get involved and you'd better look at the Senate races in your state and you'd better figure out which of these persons running for Senate is going to be the best on judges," Barton said, "because if you want God to restore the land, you gotta start with judges"...
If you follow the link above, you'll see the video clip to watch for yourself.

I just can't stand how fast and loose people are willing to play with religious freedom in our country. The same decision God would make?

What would that even look like?

Premeditated murder? No biggie in Exodus:

11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 
11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 
11:6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. 
11:7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. 
11:8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger. 
11:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. 
11:10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land. 

Rape? What's rape?

 From Leviticus:

19:20 And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free.
From Deuteronomy 22:

23 “If a young woman who is a virgin is betrothed to a husband, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her, 
24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor’s wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you. 
25 “But if a man finds a betrothed young woman in the countryside, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die. 
26 But you shall do nothing to the young woman; there is in the young woman no sin deserving of death, for just as when a man rises against his neighbor and kills him, even so is this matter. 
27 For he found her in the countryside, and the betrothed young woman cried out, but there was no one to save her. 
28 “If a man finds a young woman who is a virgin, who is not betrothed, and he seizes her and lies with her, and they are found out, 
29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the young woman’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife because he has humbled her; he shall not be permitted to divorce her all his days. 
So in this passage, we have the arbitrary decision that OBVIOUSLY a woman in the city couldn't have been prevented from crying out, and OBVIOUSLY a woman in the countryside must have cried out but no one heard her, so stone one but not the other.

Oh, and if a woman is a virgin but not betrothed, then she has to marry her rapist. And he can never divorce her. Yup...

What about consensual sexual relations? Definitely none of those if you have a judge who is making decisions like God:

13 “If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and detests her, 
14 and charges her with shameful conduct, and brings a bad name on her, and says, ‘I took this woman, and when I came to her I found she was not a virgin,’ 
15 then the father and mother of the young woman shall take and bring out the evidence of the young woman’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate. 
16 And the young woman’s father shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man as wife, and he detests her. 
17 Now he has charged her with shameful conduct, saying, “I found your daughter was not a virgin,” and yet these are the evidences of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city. 
18 Then the elders of that city shall take that man and punish him; 
19 and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name on a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife; he cannot divorce her all his days. 
20 “But if the thing is true, and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, 
21 then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to play the harlot in her father’s house. So you shall put away the evil from among you. 
Definitely no consensual sex, there.

And a fun fact interjection from your friendly feminist blogmaster: did you know it's not unusual in the slightest for a woman NOT to bleed the first time she has sexual intercourse? Can you imagine how many women have been punished over the years because their anatomy wasn't understood? Seriously frightening.

Also, I love that this passage--also from Deuteronomy 22--starts out not with the man having any reason to believe that his bride wasn't a virgin, but that he simply "detested" her. So what, if she's not a good enough lay, you stone her? Jeesh. These are some tough judges Barton is calling for!

And again, what about the menfolk? If my husband is not a virgin, can I have him stoned? No? Well, damn.

Disruptive, disobedient, disrespectful child? Death. From Leviticus:

20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. 
Let's not forget that Deuteronomy also covers the subject of rebellious children (in this case sons):

21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 
21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 
21:20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 
21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.  

Quick question: can we execute meteorologists who make bad predictions if they are Christians...? These are the kinds of thoughts that I have while reading the Old Testament.

From Deuteronomy:

18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 
18:21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 
18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

When I initially bookmarked this piece--I actually found it through Dispatches from the Culture Wars--it didn't truly strike me as a Story in Stupidity worth piece. After all, I'm sure everyone reading this knows how important this midterm election is, and I don't expect any different from those holding different ideological viewpoints from myself.

However, when I read back over it and really caught that line about making the decisions God would make--that's when the true Story-in-Stupidity-worthiness hit me.

These are the decisions that God made. Actively. These are examples of the law that he handed down to his chosen people. Do we not see the absurdity of electing people that make decisions as God would?

Of course we don't. But here it is, in black and white (literally, now, since I changed up the color scheme ;) ).

These are not the decisions we want people to make. These are decisions that we, as a culture and as a society, have grown past. We have evolved.

Don't let this election day set us back.

Get out and vote.

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