Posted by: Kevin | January 16, 2008

What Does it Really Mean to Run a Nation According to “God’s Law”?

Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee made some news earlier this week when he professed his belief that the Constitution can and should be changed to be more in accordance with “the word of the living God“.

“[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it’s a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards,” Huckabee said, referring to the need for a constitutional human life amendment and an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Ok, so setting aside 231 years of the separation of church and state means no abortions and gay people get screwed, we all get that.  What else could it mean though?  The bible is pretty long after all and full of helpful tips on how to live your life or run your nation.  In order to fully comply with it’s teachings and truly be a Christian Nation what else need be done?  Transplanted Lawyer has helpfully provided the answer here.  A few of the highlights:

Obviously, America would become explicitly a Christian nation* (Philippians 2:10-11) and non-Christians, including Jews, would be put to death (Acts 3:23, citing Deuteronomy 18:18-19) and it’ll be their own damn fault for being apostates (Acts 18:16). So the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion will have to be discarded. As we’ll see below, so will the freedoms of speech, association, and petition to the government for redress of grievances.

We’d still have slavery (1 Corinthians 7:21; Ephesians 6:5), although a period of slavery would have a waivable time limit of seven years; the slave could waive the seven-year period by insisting on his wife being manumitted along with himself (Exodus 21:2-6). In the meantime, we would have to treat our slaves humanely (Colossians 4:1). So, if you wanted to beat your slaves to death for some reason, you would have to do it very slowly (Exodus 21:20-21). Citizens would be obligated to return fugitive slaves to their masters (Philemon 1:12). This, it seems, would require repeal of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments.

In their place, there would be reinstated racial segregation (Matthew 10:5-6). The Americans with Disabilities Act would be repealed because physical disabilities are a sign of God’s disapproval of one’s sinful life (John 5:14). Women would not enjoy equal rights of worship as men (1 Corinthians 14:34-35), so by implication the Nineteenth Amendment needs to go, too.

On the plus side, we’d get to keep drinking. 

Hat Tip to Sideways Mencken

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