Rick Saccone, in a desperate plea to his base before the special elections, said that Democrats have a hatred for the President, the country and God.
I’ll give him the first one.
On his last two points, however, Saccone seems to have misconstrued a difference of opinion and belief about the country and God. His point of view stems from the rise of fundamentalist, evangelical Christians who became involved in politics on a national scale in the late 1970s.
Unchecked and emboldened by evangelical’s disdain for government-sanctioned desegregation, the Christian right took up the more palatable issue of abortion on which to hang their hats. They were an untapped voting block, which been courted for decades by businesses with corporate interests.
With the promise of ending abortion by conservative politicians, Christian right “Biblical values,” such as the right to bare arms, depose immigrants, and deregulate businesses, became intrinsically intertwined with theology. And the Bible is inerrant and infallible to people like Rick Saccone, and a large majority of his base.
Conservative Christianity has infiltrated the ranks of American politics at the highest level. A disagreement with political points of view is a disagreement with God almighty himself. As Republican Senator Barry Goldwater famously said in 1994 of conservative Christians, “Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
According to Pew Research, 90.7% of congress identifies as Christian. This includes 91% of the House and 88% of the Senate. By party, 99.3% of Republicans and 80.2% of Democrats identify as Christians. However, these numbers do not represent the U.S. population in which only 71 identify as Christians.
Rick Saccone’s blanket statement that Democrats hate God, as he states in the video, comes from a few comments on social media. However, it is a conservative talking point that quickly fires up the conservative, evangelical Republican base. What he considers a hatred toward God is the difference in opinion about God.
The Republican God has become repugnant to many on the left and some on the right. The Republican God has a double standard when it comes to morality by their esteemed president. The Republican God shows disdain for the poor and needy in favor of corporate interest and the rich. The Republican God is inexplicably fixated on stopping abortions because “life is sacred,” but cares nothing about racism, school shootings, and income equality.
The Republican God has no interest in fairness, truth or facts. He is clueless about the science behind his own creation when it comes to sexuality and gender. He is more concerned about where someone pees than treating them with kindness and compassion.
Democrats, and even some Republicans, don’t hate God, they hate your version of God. They don’t hate their country, they believe in their country and they know, with God’s help, the country can do better.