"Some of you are frustrated and even upset and angry about America, and I get it. And I say to you, the answer is as simple as it is that the answer to the phones in our hearts that God is ringing. When we register people to vote, when we get them to the polls to vote, when we hire the people that will take our values to this city, and when we fire the ones who refuse to hear not only our hearts, but God’s heart."
Citations HERE (conservative) and HERE (liberal).
Let that last phrase sink in just a bit: "...and when we fire the ones who refuse to hear not only our hearts, but God's heart."
Did I read that right? Is the former Arkansas governor basically saying that, in order to work for the federal government, you have to follow "God's heart"?
Now when last I checked:
- No one really has a monopoly on, nor is there complete consensus around understanding just what is in "God's heart".
- Believing in God has no bearing on one's performance on the job, unless the job in question is being a minister or priest (and even then I have suspicions).
While we're at it, just how would following "God's heart" be determined anyway?
- Attending morning prayer services?
- Loudly and publicly proclaim Jesus Christ as their "personal Lord and Savior"?
- Disassociate themselves from non-believers?
- Wear cross-bearing armband?
- Attendance at anti-abortion events?
I could go on, but the point is made.
The bottom line for me is this: there are some in our society, such as former governor Huckabee, who would like nothing better than to establish a theocracy of sorts in the United States. Oh, and it's not the atheists who should be the most worried about that by the way, it's those who are religious. Why? Because the separation of church and state exists to protect both entities.
I no more want government involved in religion than I want religion involved in government, as both will soil the other: Government's lust for power can infect and harm religion, just as religion's insistence on absolutist truths will stifle and alienate government from those who are governed.