On Monday, news broke that ubiquitously idiotic Secretary of State John Kerry uttered these immortal lines at a talk with embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:
This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago. That’s not the way I think most people want to live.
Putting aside the rocky seas and cross-currents of modernity, Kerry’s statement that most people do not want to live based on “something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago” demonstrates his – and his party’s – enormous hatred for the Bible. They see the Bible as an antiquated document, a dire opponent of the new, modern morality. Kerry makes no distinction between the Koran, the Old Testament, or the New Testament; he makes no distinction between the myriad streams of religious thought throughout history. They are all the same. Anyone who believes in ancient codes of morality is out of step with history.
In this, Kerry is no different from the rest of his party. Today’s Democratic Party has become the enemy of Biblical religion. Not only do they stand for the morality of Biblically-sanctioned behavior including same-sex marriage and abortion, their words and actions prove their distaste for that gauche old document.
Barack Obama’s “Bitter Clingers.” In April 2008, then-Senator Obama was caught on tape at a fundraiser in San Francisco. Obama stated:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Only idiots, racists, xenophobes, and gun-clingers believe in the Bible.
Democrats Attempt to Remove God from the Platform. In 2012, the Democratic National Convention had to overrule its own constituents in order to place God back in the platform. The 2008 platform included this language: “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.” That was the only mention. Even that mention was removed, and only approved after DNC Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa violated the rules of the convention and declared over a voice vote that God would be placed back in.
Nancy Pelosi’s Faux-Religious Biblical Ignorance. In 2008, Nancy Pelosi wrote, “The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.'” She said it on Earth Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Christmas. There is no such verse. But Pelosi does think her moral values, including her ardent support for abortion, are the values of Jesus.
Harry Reid Says His Enemies Always Cite The Bible. Those horrible Bible-thumpers just won’t leave the Senate Majority Leader alone. After criticizing rancher Cliven Bundy (and calling his supporters domestic terrorists), Reid said he received “ugly, vile, vulgar” mailed threats. Nearly all, he stated, cited the Bible. Reid has also criticized fellow Mormon Mitt Romney, stating that he is “not the face of Mormonism” and that Romney had “sullied” the religion.
Barney Frank’s Bible Hatred. The self-proclaimed “pot-smoking atheist” said that he was looking forward to his husband swearing him in on the Constitution rather than the Bible.
The general distaste for the Bible so long as it doesn’t back Democratic positions doesn’t stop many Democrats from citing it in cynical fashion. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) stated in September that opposing increases to federal welfare would send you to hell: “Anyone that’s familiar with the Bible, anything like that, Jesus said that you’re going straight to hell if you don’t treat the lesser of his brothers and sisters.” That paraphrase, used frequently by Barack Obama, is a favorite of leftists who don’t seem to read Thessalonians 3:10 (“He who is not willing to work, let him not eat”).
But selective Biblical quotation is a favorite of leftists who interpret the Bible the same way they do the Constitution: as a Chinese menu designed to allow picking and choosing. That’s because when many Democrats take the Bible as a whole, they realize how much they despise it. After all, the Bible doesn’t state that Barack Obama and government ought to be given divine power.
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.