The 5 Biggest Lies Republicans Tell About Christianity

jesus_gunIt’s no secret that Republicans fancy themselves the “party of Christian values.” – though I’ve often found that the more someone tries to force their unsolicited religious views on others, the bigger the hypocrites they tend to be.

But one of the biggest things I notice when it comes to Republicans are the lies they spread about God, Christianity and how this all ties into this country and our Constitution. It’s like I’ve sometimes joked before, to hear Republicans talk about Christianity you’d think the religion was started in the United States and that Jesus Christ was an American.

So, that being said, I thought I’d list the five biggest lies I’ve heard Republicans tell about Christianity.

1. This nation was founded on Christianity: This is easily the biggest one Republicans like to throw around. There’s just one slight problem – they have absolutely nothing to back up this claim. In fact, there’s not a single reference to Christianity, Jesus Christ or God anywhere in our Constitution. You mean to tell me a bunch of devout, God-fearing Christians got together to write a Constitution that created the nation we see today – yet just “forgot” to put even a single reference to their religion anywhere in that document?

It’s like I’ve said before, the fact that Christianity isn’t mentioned even once in the Constitution wasn’t by accident, but by design.

2. The United States is “one nation under God”: Considering the original Pledge of Allegiance didn’t contain the words “under God” (they weren’t added until the 1950’s), nor was it written anywhere near the founding of this country, there’s absolutely nothing that ties the creation of the United States to being a nation “under God.”

3. Jesus Christ would oppose homosexuality: Considering in the entire Bible – yes the whole thing – Jesus never once mentions homosexuality, there’s really no way of knowing what he would think about it. But considering he did defend a woman who was about to be stoned to death for committing adultery, which is a huge sin according to the Bible, I think he would probably tell people to worry about themselves before judging others.

4. The United States matters: By this I mean, we’re not the only nation with a population largely comprised of Christians. I’m not sure why so many conservatives here seem to believe that the United States is “God’s chosen land.” Christianity was around for a very long time before this nation was ever founded. These people seem to think that God’s going to punish the United States over legalized same-sex marriage, yet they seem to ignore the fact that nothing has happened to Canada (another nation with a predominately Christian population), a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade.

5. They’re Christians: Look, I’m not saying all Republicans aren’t Christians – but a whole heck of a lot who claim to be are nothing of the sort. Just because you go to church and believe in the Bible doesn’t make someone a Christian. A Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ and tries to lead a life based upon the values for which he lived and died. And, I’m sorry, but you don’t do that by worshipping guns, vilifying the poor, pushing fear, judging others and basically hating anyone who isn’t just like you.

While there are several more I could have listed, I’ll cut it off there. Hit me up on Twitter, let me know what you think or what you feel are some of the biggest lies Republicans tell about Christianity.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • GBJames

    Who gets to define what a “true Christian” is? Allen Clifton?

    I’m sorry, but idiot right-wing Republicans have as much right to the term as believers with whom I might politically agree. Countless pointless wars have been fought by people who think their version of religious belief is the “true” one. There is no value in that line of reasoning.

    • Tom Lowery

      Absurd and irrational. The definition comes from the teachings as set forth in the New Testament. THAT is why “idiot right-wingers” are not being true Christians. If you still don’t get it, then you’re being a lazy thinker.

      • GBJames

        Turns out there are plenty of people, just as authoritative as you, Tom, who read the teachings differently. That’s the marvelous thing about scripture. It can be used to support any and all positions.

      • Tom Lowery

        You’re confused. A lazy thinker is someone who refuses to see anything but their IDEA of the truth or the facts. This notion of “reading it differently” is absurd on it’s face because there’s no logic or reason attached to it. Again, YOU are the one who is being lazy here.

      • GBJames

        I think you may deserve the Daily Irony Award. You and Allen Clifton are the ones claiming to possess the One True definition of what a Christian is.

      • noah vail

        ” It can be used to support any and all positions.” …which makes it a useless POS to any rational thinker…

    • Rick Bagnall

      To a great extent, that’s true. “In my father’s house, there are many rooms” and all that. But it *is* difficult to reconcile the example of Christ’s love, compassion, and inclusiveness with…say, the Westboro Baptist Church. It is hard to believe that the people who want to eliminate food stamps actually believe in the man who said “feed my flock.” That the man who said “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” would approve of the people in California who signed the petition to make homosexuality a capital offense.

      Maybe “Christian” really is just a word that people can apply to themselves willy-nilly, ultimately no more meaningful than “hawt” or “geek”. But I believe that the test of Christianity is to be as much like Christ as humanly possible. And that is a test that much of the right wing (particularly the right wing politicians) in this country are failing miserably.

      • GBJames

        Difficult for whom? Certainly WBC has no trouble doing so.

        Once you accept “faith” as a legitimate option, all bets are off. The word “Christian” is up for grabs to any and all claimants to argue about. Or fight wars over.

        Their “holy” book is full of all sorts of indecent instructions. They pick the ones they want to follow and ignore the rest. Just like decent liberal Christians do. That’s how faith works in the real world.

        Right wing politicians fail miserably on the basis of simple human decency. But they have every bit as much of a right to claim the “Christian” label as anyone else.

      • Rick Bagnall

        The word “Christian” literally means “follower (or servant) of Christ”. So you tell me: *is* the WBC truly following or serving Christ, who never said a word one way or the other about homosexuality–but who said plenty about showing compassion to the downtrodden, including the widows and orphans that the WBC regularly traumatizes with its funeral pickets? Are the people who signed that petition in California actually following Christ, who said “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, and furthermore preached the forgiveness of sins?

        Yes, the Bible contains any number of outdated laws, aimed at strengthening a tribe/nation of Bronze Age people…or later in the Epistles, aimed at reconciling ancient traditions with the new teaching. *Christ* (or, if you prefer, Yeshua ben Miriam) wasn’t a dogmatic stick-in-the-mud. In fact, one of the primary targets of his scorn were the Pharisees, who *were* dogmatic sticks-in-the-mud.

        But since you’ve put the words faith and holy in quotes right alongside Christian, it’s pretty obvious that you’re one of those militant atheists who doesn’t actually *care* about religion except to sneer at it. Which is certainly your right, and I’m gratified that you’re willing to concede that some of us are decent people. But whether you’re willing to admit it or not, there *are* some fundamental principles of Christianity that some so-called “Christians” have refused to adopt. In truth, they are no more Christians than William Hung is a singer.

      • GBJames

        Clearly a “militant atheist” is a nonbeliever who doesn’t respect faith. I plead guilty, given such a flimsy use of the word “militant”.

        The bigger point, however, is that there is precisely zero agreement AMONG CHRISTIANS about who is a “true” Christian. So how about this…. once you get the Baptists and Methodists to agree with the Catholics and the Mormons and the “Lord’s New Church Which Is Nova Hierosolyma” followers (look them up!) about which of you are TRUE Christians, then come back and we’ll talk. Until then, your determination of which is the One True Faith is no more accurate than Westboro’s.

      • Rick Bagnall

        When did I ever lay claim to the “One True Faith”? I talked of the etymology of the word Christian, and pointed out that there are people who lay claim to the label who clearly aren’t living up to it. I don’t know which–if any–sect of Christianity has it right, but it’s pretty easy to tell when somebody has it wrong.

        And for the most part, it’s not entire sects that have it wrong, it’s individuals within that sect. Sometimes, unfortunately, this includes preachers/pastors/priests/ministers, which tends to poison that congregation. But I’ve heard Southern Baptists preach eloquently on the virtues of tolerance, and I’ve met intolerant Methodists and Lutherans. Even if one particular sect *does* happen to be the “One True Faith” (which I don’t actually believe), not every member of that sect acts accordingly, because we’re only human.

        “In my father’s house there are many rooms”, yes, but that stops well short of saying there’s room for everyone.

      • GBJames

        You may think it is perfectly obvious who doesn’t belong in the club but you have no better way to make this call than the guys you don’t want to be at the dinner table with you.

        Just because your definition of “real Christian” is ambiguous doesn’t absolve you from claiming authority for claiming the true faith. You don’t get to exclude other self-defined faithful Christians from equally owning the label just because you don’t like how they interpret the rules in a book you both claim to be divine. The process of putting them outside your club walls IS the process of defining the “true” faith.

      • Rick Bagnall

        It’s got nothing to do with “interpreting the rules”. It’s all about following the example set by Christ. I don’t give a tinker’s dam for dogma, I care about how you treat your fellow human beings. Frankly, I know atheists who are a lot better Christians than…say, Pat Robertson. (Admittedly, most of them would be bemused at best by me characterizing them as such, but they *are* following his example even if they learned it from another source.)

        On t’other hand, perhaps you will be relieved to know that I don’t consider you Christian.

      • GBJames

        I’m not Christian. It puts me in a good position to recognize that there is nothing but subjective assertion when it comes to your claimed authority to determine who is and who is not one. Pat Robertson may be a despicable human being but you can’t kick him out of the clubhouse on that basis. Christians come in all kinds of flavors. Some of them happen to be decent people. Other’s not so much.

        Your interpretation about who is “following the example” properly is no more correct than Reverend Pat’s.

      • arosskopf

        It seems that following the example has a good deal less to do with Christianity than institutional mores and membership. And some serious tax write-off.

  • noah vail

    this will go on until the Southern Blasphemy Convention begins reining in the idiots that are preaching the hatred and judgementalism that they are spewing now and perverting everything that jesus ever said…i only single out the SBC because that seems to be where most (but hardly all) of the problem comes from…

  • bigdog

    Jamie Dedman Thomas: Clifton said Jesus doesn’t mention homosexuality, not the Bible.

  • acupunk

    Spot on.

  • Gwen B

    Well said. Point 5 especially.