Christian Coalition Of Alabama Takes The Lord’s Name In Vain

Informed voters are good voters. But when the Christian Coalition of Alabama sends out its legislator surveys, it is not trying to inform voters. The CCA is using religion to manipulate voters for partisan purposes.

What they do is distribute the survey (available here, get the judicial survey here) and then grade the responses. The scale is from Satan to Jesus. The closer the official is to the Christian Coalition’s opinion, the more likely the person is to get a score of Jesus. The CCA can then distribute the names and scores to churches as voter guides. The faithful see that candidate A is Satan and candidate B is Jesus, and vote accordingly. 

The problem is that the CCA issues these things with an air of certitude: “Jesus would OBVIOUSLY answer like this.” Not that one response is preferable to another, but that there is a Christian response and a non-Christian, or even anti-Christian response. I think this attitude is incredibly arrogant, or else corrupt.

Consider some of the questions and make up your own mind about how many, if any, Jesus would clearly answer one way or the other. As a political and legal junky who majored in theology and spent a year in divinity school, I have no idea how Jesus would answer questions like the following:

1. Education vouchers that allow parents to choose a public or private school for their child(ren). __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

14. Legislation preventing legislators from holding two state jobs. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

23. Un-earmark Alabama Education Trust Fund Budget. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

59. Legislation to prohibit the use of compulsory union dues and fees for political causes and candidates opposed by union members. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

For other questions, I have an idea of how Jesus would answer, but my idea and the CCA‘s idea are probably very different:

24. Capital punishment for certain crimes, such as first-degree murder. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

26. Truth-In-Sentencing where a convicted person serves out their full term in prison. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

45. Allowing homosexuals in the National Guard. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

46. Allowing adoption of children by homosexuals. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

47. State recognition of homosexual marriages. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

48. Extending marital benefits to domestic partners. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

75. Tort reform (placing caps on judgments awarded in liability lawsuits). __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

There may be one or two questions on which we agree:

34. Prohibiting abortion except in cases of rape, incest or where the life of the mother in endangered. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

43. Human Cloning. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

Others are just too vague for anyone to answer:

6. Voluntary prayer in public schools. __________Support __________Oppose __________Undecided

Privately by an individual student? Absolutely. Publicly by a school official as a way to start class? Absolutely not.  

The point is that despite the complicated issues and sometimes vague questions, the CCA has in mind their idea of exactly how Jesus – whose final recorded words were uttered almost two thousand years ago – would answer all these questions. I do not think that it is possible. That does not mean Jesus does not have an opinion on, “privitization and contracting out of government services,” for example. But it does mean it is the height of hubris, or else willful deception, to say we know that opinion with certainty.

Given that the CCA refuses to reveal its funding sources, I’m going with willful deception. The “right” answers to these question look suspiciously like Republican ideals, so the CCA is really just a Republican mouthpiece

If the CCA wants to stump for Republicans, fine. If they want every Alabama politician to respond to these questions, fine. But they need to quit pretending to speak for God. Make arguments based on policy and drop the religious charade.

Taking the Lord’s name in vain covers much more than saying God Damn. And while Republican Jesus is funny as a cartoon, he is scary as hell in real life.

Appendix: Other Alabama bloggers offer their insights here, and here. The Anniston Star has an excellent editorial here. 

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7 Comments on “Christian Coalition Of Alabama Takes The Lord’s Name In Vain”

  1. Dystopos Says:

    Jesus’ record on political surveying:

    Pharisees: “Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
    Jesus: “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?”

  2. wheeler Says:

    the response from today’s pharisees:

    “you won’t respond? clearly, then, you are a god-hating, anti-american, terrorist loving, evil-doer who is unfit for public office.”

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  4. Kathy Says:

    “you won’t respond? clearly, then, you are a god-hating, anti-american, terrorist loving, evil-doer who is unfit for public office.”

    And a homasexshul.

  5. MCF Says:

    A question and a comment:

    Question: does the CCA actually use this “Satan-to-Jesus” scale you mentioned, or were you being sarcastic? The CCA pulls so much over-the-top garbage that, sadly, I can’t be sure.

    Comment: how the CCA can claim, with a straight-face, that the “godly” position on constitutional reform is to oppose it absolutely makes me sick. Using the Lord’s name in vain, indeed.

  6. wheeler Says:

    my terms were sarcastic.

  7. […] And don’t forget the astoundingly bald hypocracy. Satan and Beelzebub Twinkle and Giles know all about partisan manipulation of religion. Compare their questionnaire to Brinson’s. After so doing, no further argument is needed. The partisan nature of the Giles/Twinkle questionnaire is patent. For them to criticize someone else on these grounds is outrageous. Truly these two have no shame. They don’t even pretend to be honest any more. […]

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