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3 April 2011 8 Comments Email This Post Email This Post


Senior Research Director Chris Rodda chronicles the proceedings of a Conservative conference, the Rediscover God in America conference, in which its belief is that America should be governed by “Biblical law”:

While most eyes were on the Conservative Principles Political Action Committee conference in Iowa on Saturday, many of us who follow the religious right were more interested in another conference, also held in Iowa, on Thursday and Friday. This other conference was the Rediscover God in America conference, where all the same potential 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls that appeared at the Saturday’s Conservative Principles PAC conference told us what they really think — that America should be governed by biblical law.

One of the principle proponents of this view is David Barton, a much-loved “historian” featured by Glenn Beck and other right-wingers. In fact, potential Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said at this conference that Americans should beforced, at gunpoint, to learn from David Barton. This statement, according to Rodda, was edited out of the webcast:

But the most outrageous statement by far came from Mike Huckabee, who expressed his admiration for Barton by saying that he “almost wished” that “all Americans would be forced — forced at gunpoint no less — to listen to every David Barton message.”

Now, I wasn’t watching the Rediscover God in America conference live on Thursday when Huckabee said this. I had planned on watching and recording the whole conference when it was webcast again on Saturday, so that’s when I saw Huckabee’s speech. I was quite surprised a few days later to come across a video clip from this conference on the People for the American Way (PFAW) Right Wing Watch blog with the headline “Huckabee: Americans Should Be Forced, At Gunpoint, To Learn From David Barton.” I had watched Huckabee’s speech. How on earth could I have missed a statement like that? Well, I didn’t. It had been edited out of the webcast that I had watched.

What if this was a Muslim? Would the Right, especially “Police Blotter Bob,” be silent? While lawmakers are in search of the “threat” from Sharia, there are Americans who are actively seeking to supplant our secular, Constitutional system with Biblical law, and Mike Huckabee thinks we Americans should be forced to learn about this under threat of death. Wow.

But, they are not Muslim, so no worries…


  1. This would be hilarious if it weren’t tragic. In biblical terms, it all depends on whose ox is being gored.

  2. Huckabee has lost all his credibility with his asinine statements about Obama being raised in Kenya and being influenced by a grandfather who he never knew and now this. This man is totally unacceptable, and a certified lunatic with a smile and a joke. And the people in the audience are the lambs being led to the slaughter.

    David Barton has been exposed for his lies and historical revisionism so many times that it takes a full time job to debunk all the lies he’s come up with. For Huckabee to endorse him is to endorse a pathalogical liar who’s been exposed repeatedly as such.

  3. It is hard to believe in the 21st Century in the United States, there are people out there so completely ignorant of our Constitution and why it is necessary to keep religious belief and affairs of state separate. These folks have forgotten the lessons of Western History. I find it discouraging and disturbing how loud this minority of ignorant people can continue to focus on theocracy as a way to re-discover God or to even operate a government. Time for a double gin & tonic.

  4. Wow…Biblical law. Let’s get out the stones – adulterers, line up. Better brush up on your Kosher rules too.

    It’s so embarrassing to be a Christian these days. I’d like to force these guys to listen to a sane preacher. At gunpoint.

    P.S. I worship God, not the Bible.

  5. If by Biblical law they mean: Love thy neighbor, and: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, then I’m for it. Not at gunpoint, though.

  6. Madge Russell says it well. The mud going back and forth between left and right is not a Christian way. I’m sure the use of the words “at gunpoint” was about the worst use of word for a important idea. Get to the meat of the idea and forget the very poor use of words IF ONE DWELLS ON THE WORDS AND NOT THE IDEA THEY ARE NO BETTER THAN ONE USING THEM!

  7. Hello everyone. Everybody take a deep breath and settle down. All the righties panicked when Clinton became President. They claimed the end of days had come and threw Bible verses around like clowns throwing candy at children during a parade. The same group freaks out over Obama. Sad though, that they just don’t have enough conviction to get their own people elected. Another thing to ease your mind, Biblical principles are not the same as Sharia Law. If you get Sharia you’ll know. It is NOT debatable. As for the Biblical Laws for Culture, the Christians community in this country could never pull it off. Let’s be honest, if we submit to God’s recommendation for punishing Adulterers, which is stoning, we would lose 50 % of our population on day one and there would be a whole lot of Christians in that group. 200 Christian denominations in the US, none with much real conviction. God help us, indeed.

  8. I trust I’m not the only one who sees the irony that the same (so-called) “conservatives” who (falsely) scream about Sharia Law taking over the country are the ones who unabashedly want and declare that “Biblical Law” (by which they mean their version) should rule this land!

    No wonder Benjamin Disraeli observed that “a conservative government is an organized hypocrisy”!

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