What I really love about this blog is that it’s designed for conversation about the politically incorrect – religion and politics.Â Sometimes even both at the same time!Â Ah…
So last night was the two-hour Republican debate on CNN, where the candidates answered questions from people on YouTube.Â Here are some quick highlights before we get to theÂ question that inspired this post.
The debate started off with a heated exchange about immigration in which Giuliani accused Romney of hiring illegal immigrants to work at his house.Â Of course, Romney didn’t hire them, the company Romney hired hired them.Â And that is supposedly not his fault.Â But didn’t KFC endure negative publicity for buying chickens from farms that didn’t treat them humanely…even though theÂ farms wereÂ within legal regulations?Â Why shouldn’t the future President have to ensure he is hiring reputable companies that operate within the law?Â What will not be Romney’s fault when (if) he is President?Â
Then aÂ former general who wasn’t able to come out of the closet until he retired challenged the candidates on the “Don’t ask don’t tell” rule.Â The Republicans, true to their Christian conservative platforms, supported the rule based on “unit cohesion” and the fact that the majority of AmericansÂ (and thereforeÂ those in the military)Â shareÂ “Judeo-Christian values”.Â
Then a woman asked, if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, what would the criminal penalty for offenders be?Â (The great unanswerable question)Â And the candidates danced around that – basically saying penalties should be left to the states.Â And a video was played from Romney’s 1994 election for Governor in which he clearly supports Roe v. Wade.Â His response?Â He was wrong – and if you want a candidate who’s never been wrong and can’t admit that he’s wrong, you’ll have to look elsewhere.Â BTW, he also said that he didn’t think “Don’t ask don’t tell” would “work”.Â And he was wrong about that too.Â Â Maybe that’s his new campaign strategy – “Romney: the candidate that’s wrong”.
But then came the question that riled me up.
One questioner from Texas said (and I’m paraphrasing from memory), “There’s one question that will tell me everything I need to know about you.Â [Holds up the Bible]Â Do you believe every word in this book?”
Most of the candidates skirted the question with the typical “symbolism and allegory” apologies, but Huckabee, who has a degree in theology (how scary is that?) says (paraphrasing again), “The Bible cannot be understood by a finite mind because it was created by an infinite God.Â If you can understand every word in your Bible, your God is too small.” (this was met with applause)
Let’s just think that through.Â An omniscient, omnipotent, and infinite God created a book via humans and for humans, and this is the only vehicle through which they are able to experience and understand him, and he made it too complicated for them to understand.Â And the fact that it can’t be understood only proves how great he is.Â
So I guess the more senseless the scripture, the greater the god.Â Wow.Â I may need a theology degree to understand that line of thinking…