Slavery is OK: Republican 527 Attacks Obama

Context is a weak excuse.  Under what context is slavery ethical?  Under what context is stoning someone to death moral?  In a clip that drives home Obama’s fortitude standing up to theocrats who’d eagerly switch the bible for the constitution, Republican political consultant Stephen Marks accuses Obama of arrogantly mocking the bible:

The narrator intones:

You then condescendingly stated that, quote ‘Folks haven’t been reading their bible” unquote, as if the American people do not know what’s in there.  The real question is, do you know what’s in there Senator?

Actually Stephen, the question is why should a political candidate have to know what’s in the bible?

The thing is, Barack Obama clearly has a much better grasp of the bible than the narrator.  Stephen’s arguments lose their cogency as soon as you skip the pacing and tone and get to the content:

And did you not know Senator Obama, that the book of Deuteronomy, which you also arrogantly mock and ridicule, is what gave us the ten commandments?

That’s his response to Obama’s argument.  Seriously.  Well, let’s take a look at the passage, in context, that Obama was criticizing (King James):

18If 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:

19Then 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;

20And 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.

21And 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.

That’s right.  Disobey your parents and you should be murdered by “all the men” of your city.  This is the nature of Marks’ attack: utterly inane.

Did you not know that most Christians and historians agree, that the Sermon on the Mount contains the most spiritually inspiring words ever uttered by Jesus Christ or any other religious leader.

Who’s arrogant Mr Marks?  Who is holding their personal faith up as the measure of who should lead this country?  This 527 ad is spit in the face of separation of Church and State.  It is a clingy example of corporate rhetoric, with repetitions on the theme of arrogance and smugness reinforced by to with a backdrop of an informercial soundtrack.

And in all that, PH For America, Stephen Marks’ organization, leaves out one crucial counterpoint.  The Bible condones slavery.  Telling for a group that holds the exposed liars “Swiftboat Veterans for Truth” as their role models.

Still this ad may find some play with Americans who think shoving their personal faith down America’s constitution is their God given task in life.  But we can hope that more people will recognize the hollowness of PH For America’s underhanded attacks, and support a candidate on the merits of his politics, his insight and his character.

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One Response

  1. They don’t know their Bible(s), or their history, only dominionist fabrications of future doom, gloom and tribalism. And the fact someone may call them up on it drives them nuts. News flash Mr. Marks, to criticize you is right and legal, you are NOT God.

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