November 10, 2018 – “Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker… is a Christian nationalist.“
So reads the opening line by Andrew L. Seidel, Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney and Director of Strategic Response. It and other articles caught my attention as we delve into the world of our new acting Attorney General.
We already know the Whitaker is very pro-Trump and has criticized the Supreme Court for being too powerful. He believes that SCOTUS should be a minor power, “an inferior branch” of our well established constitutional checks and balances. He opposes the SCOTUS decision of Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137 (1803), which said that the courts had jurisdiction to “strike down laws, statutes, and some government actions that contravene the U.S. Constitution.”
Whitaker is also “a partisan defender (of the president) who insisted there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.” Whitaker will also limit the powers of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and thinks that Hillary Clinton needs to be investigated.
What has not been reported by the major news outlets is that fact that Whitaker is a radical Christian who believes that the laws of his god should take precedence over the Constitution. Seidel writes that “Whitaker would demand of his be “people of faith” and “have a biblical view of justice.” He continues:
“What would a biblical view of justice look like? Capital punishment for such non-crimes as worshipping gods other than the Judeo-Christian god, blasphemy, sabbath-breaking, disobeying a parent, a woman who isn’t a virgin on her wedding night, or witchcraft. Biblical law forces victims of rape to marry their rapists and it punishes innocent children for the crimes of their parents, ‘to the third and fourth generation.'”
Seidel is not the only one who is critical of Whitaker. David Gee of the Friendly Atheist writes:
“Whitaker’s statements on the biblical views of judges can be traced back to 2014, when he was running for the U.S. Senate. He actually specified that, if elected, he would only support federal judicial nominees who looked at ‘justice’ through a biblical (New Testament) lens.”
Along with various other Christian nationalists in the Trump administration, as well as the religious advisory board that prays with the president in the Oval Office, we are running close to becoming a theocracy.
God is not mentioned in our governing document, the Constitution. Religion is mentioned twice, limiting the influence religion has on our government. Lord is mentioned once in the customary dating of the Constitution, not as a matter of religious affiliation.
The governing documents of the 13 original states did dictate what religion is “official” for that state but made sure that their individual constitutions remained secular. Though many colonies and states funded their major religion, none were considered theocracies. State-sponsored religions usually work alongside secular governments.
A theocracy is ruled by biblical law as interpreted by a priest, minister, rabbi, etcetera. Because many evangelicals believe that Trump was elected president through divine intervention, their Christian god’s rule will soon become a reality.
However, the U.S. has no official state religion. Our Founding Fathers were quite aware of the problems of mixing religion with government. Most were highly educated men who saw the atrocities in Europe caused by the mixing of governances. This is why the Constitution was written as a secular document.
Democrats now have a majority in the House of Representatives, but not the Senate. It is the Senate that confirms presidential appointees. We need to get rid of officials, such as Betsy DeVos, who advocate Christian supremacy in our nation’s governance. We have two years to work to elect more secular government advocates to the Senate to undo the damage that Trump is inflicting upon our nation.
There is a story concerning Benjamin Franklin who was asked as he left the 1787 Constitutional Convention, “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?’ to which he replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.’
I am afraid that we are losing our Republic. As the current administration keeps adding theocrats to its administration, we are in danger of becoming a Christian based government as opposed to the secular government the Founders created. Non-Christians will be discriminated against, especially non-believers, for their lack of accepting Jesus as their savior.
Can we say that the Republic is being threatened as the Constitution is under attack by the president and his cronies? I believe we can.