D. James Kennedy, Super Genius
I have a bunch of Coral Ridge Hours sitting on my Tivo. The late D. James Kennedy had a way of distilling fundie beliefs into their essences and delivering them in compact 15-minute sermons. That’s why I like to watch them every so often. It’s sort of a Reader’s Digest of stupid.
Today I finally watched one I had been sitting on for a while. It’s called “The Biblical Basis for Our Constitution”. I really thought that he’d be able to make at least a few strong arguments for his case. Instead, all I could think of as I listened to him was Wile E. Coyote. Try as he might, every contrivance that the coyote uses to catch the Road Runner ends up as a massive fizzle. Likewise, every contrivance that DJK uses in today’s sermon is also a painful fizzle. I guess we know where he buys his sermons.
(BTW, since Wile E. Coyote had enough money to keep buying all of that crap from Acme, why didn’t he just use that money to buy dinner instead?)
DJK starts by saying millions of people believe that this country was not founded as a Christian nation, it does not have a Christian constitution, and the founders were not Christian. But DJK knows better!
So here are his six “proofs” that the Constitution is based on the Bible:
1. Governance by law and not by man. (He means a specific man, such as a king.) He does not explain how this is Biblical.
2. All men are created equal. He pulls this from the Declaration of Independence—a completely different document—and that’s somehow proof that our Constitution is based on the Bible.
3. Inalienable rights. The Bible mentions inalienable rights. Ipso facto, the Constitution is Biblical.
4. Liberty. The Bible uses the word “liberty”. The Constitution uses the word “liberty”. Wow! It’s like they have the same author!
5. They believe that man is sinful. John Adams said that men had a certain depravity. Somehow what Adams believed is what they all believed.
DJK also says that this is the reason for the separation of powers. While it is true that we have separation of powers, that is to prevent any one person from getting too much power. That’s because there will always be individuals who abuse power. The system is protection against individuals, not all of humanity.
If the founders truly believed that man was inherently evil, then why did they even bother to form a republic? If humanity as a whole were bad, then there would be no hope for a self-governed populace. The structure of our government suggests that the founders believed that man is basically good. This is actually a rejection of Biblical beliefs.
6. They give the date of the document as “In the year of our lord…”. This is actually the only place in the document that a deity is implied. So because they used the convention of the day, that’s somehow proof they were Christians.
Here’s a little experiment the fundies can do. Why don’t they go to Saudi Arabia and buy a barrel of oil? Then look at the receipt and see what date is written there. If the year says 2008, then the fundies have just proven that all Muslims are actually Christians!
And so we see from one end to the other, the American Constitution is based upon principles that our founders took from the Bible.
So now he’s saying that his only criterion is that a few of the principles in the Constitution come from the Bible. Well he’s on especially weak ground now. I previously showed that many of the principles of the Constitution actually come from Islam. The best he could come up with was six weak examples. I showed far more, and far stronger, examples for the Islamic basis of our Constitution. DJK just proved my earlier article! Thanks, DJ!
DJK finishes his Acme order with this quote:
A constitution that is hated by many people in this country today, who are doing everything in their power to dismantle it and remove all of its Christian values.
He has this backwards. There are no exclusively Christian values in the Constitution. Therefore, there is nothing for non-Christians to remove. More importantly, it is the fundies who hate the Constitution. It is the Constitution that prohibits them from creating the theocracy that many of them crave. It is the fundies who are trying to destroy the Constitution by loading the Supreme Court with revisionist judges. It is the fundies who advocate amending the Constitution to:
- Take away the rights of some people to enter into contracts (with a “defense of marriage” amendment).
- Curtail freedom of speech (with a “flag desecration” amendment).
- Remove the right to privacy (with an anti-abortion amendment).
- And on… and on….
D. James Kennedy died last year of unspecified causes, although allegedly somehow related to a cardiac arrest he suffered months earlier. These are, in fact, lies. I have discovered through my exhaustive research the true facts of his death. This is the vehicle he was driving immediately before his demise: