Interventionist Quote of the Day

(Interventionist God, in this case, rather than interventionist foreign policy).

“Because [Huckabee]’s a Christian, he understands the Lord may call him to run, but he also knows it may not be the Lord’s will for him to run.  If he feels the call of the Lord, he’s gonna answer it and the consequences be damned”—Hogan Gidley.

Gidley is “a former aide to Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign and longtime Huckabee staffer, said the former Arkansas governor would fit perfectly on the ticket.”

As I have said before, if God is, indeed, picking candidates, he has some ‘splainin’ to do.

(Yes, that is irreverent, perhaps, but I get really tired of this type of talk because the implications are quite significant and problematic, and yet it is tossed around quite casually.  And yes, I am well aware that it is quite common in US society).

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Quick Takes, Religion, US Politics
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Comments

  1. DRS says:

    It’s one of our American quirks, this idea that God – Creator of the Universe, Life Force for Eternity – is as obsessed with our transitory passions as we are. Actually, we should probably hope He’s not paying too much attention to us.

  2. Gustopher says:

    In Santorum’s case, perhaps God wanted him to run, so he’d lose and would have the opportunity to learn some humility.

  3. merl says:

    God asks a lot of clowns to run as a Repub, why not Huckabee?

  4. al-Ameda says:

    “Because [Huckabee]‘s a Christian, he understands the Lord may call him to run, but he also knows it may not be the Lord’s will for him to run. If he feels the call of the Lord, he’s gonna answer it and the consequences be damned”—Hogan Gidley.

    From the movie ‘Chinatown’
    Evelyn Mulwray: She’s my daughter. … {slap}
    Jake Gittes: I said I want the truth!
    Evelyn Mulwray: She’s my sister… {slap}
    Evelyn Mulwray: She’s my daughter… {slap}
    Evelyn Mulwray: My sister, my daughter … {slap slap slap}
    Jake Gittes: I said I want the truth!
    Evelyn Mulwray: She’s my sister AND my daughter!

  5. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Ah, yes, the proverbial “opiate” has claimed another addict. What’s really scary is that evangelical politicos actually believe that sort of nonsense.

  6. J-Dub says:

    Sometime god asks you to run for office, sometimes your neighbor’s dog tells you to kill people. I don’t see the problem here.