Tom DeLay, Former Republican House Majority Leader: God ‘Wrote the Constitution’

1609865_10152237004052489_163129635_nAny time someone tells me that this nation was founded on “Christianity,” I honestly have to keep myself from laughing.  Our Bill of Rights is quite extensive.  Our Constitution as a whole is one of the most amazing things ever written.

Yet, not one time in our Constitution is the word “Christianity” or “Christian” mentioned even once.

Not. One. Single. Time.

In fact, the Treaty of Tripoli specifically says:

“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..”

Written by President John Adams, one of our Founding Fathers! 

Or let’s just look at our First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

You know, that whole “freedom of religion” thing.

Well, someone really needs to make millions of conservatives aware of all of this, because they just don’t seem to get it.  I often make the comment that because conservatives want this nation to be founded on Christianity, they simply ignore the facts proving that it wasn’t.  Just because they want something to be real, doesn’t mean that it is.

Take for instance former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s claim that “God created this nation” and “He wrote the Constitution”:

“I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government.  When we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.”

We didn’t “allow” our government to become secular, it was founded that way.  Apparently Mr. DeLay hasn’t ever read our Constitution, in particular the First Amendment.

Apparently he didn’t read many law books either about money laundering and conspiracy charges related to campaign finance laws. Though, of course, those charges have since been overturned – something I think is a bit comical.  But I won’t get too much into all of that.

DeLay also said that he used to close off the Capital rotunda for 3 hours so members of Congress could get on their “knees seeking the face of God and praying.”

I really just love the fact that a former Majority Leader admitted to shutting down the Capital so members of Congress could be paid by the taxpayers for 3 hours to pray.

People who believe nonsense like DeLay are absolutely delusional.

Our Founding Fathers could have easily written something like, “The United States, a Christian nation founded on Biblical principles…” – but they didn’t.

This is what these people seem unable to understand.  They claim these men founded this nation on Christianity, meaning they would have had to be extremely religious themselves (many weren’t by the way), yet they just left out all forms of religious text from our Constitution?

And what religion are these people paying attention to?  Basing a country off of religion would have nothing to do with freedom.  Religion isn’t about giving liberty and freedom to people.  It’s about controlling them.

That is why our First Amendment gives us freedom of religion.  Which also means freedom from religion.  Religion is the antithesis of freedom.

Just look at what their push to interject “religion” into public policy is doing.  Religion is trying to define marriage as restricting the rights for gay Americans to get married and it’s attempting to take control over women’s bodies.

People once used religion to justify slavery (more restriction of freedom), to defend segregation (more freedom restrictions) and continue a ban on interracial marriage (yet again, more freedoms restricted).

And that’s just with the few parts of the Bible people like to cherry-pick.  There’s absolutely no way we could form a functional society from what the Bible says.  If that were the case we could stone women and we wouldn’t be allowed to wear blended fabrics – among a host of other horrific and ridiculous things.

So when someone talks about this nation being founded on freedom and liberty, yet then tries to claim that it was founded on religion, they’re proving that they have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.

Religion has nothing to do with freedom.  It’s control.  It’s rules based off a singular ideology.

An ideology, by the way, that even all Christians can’t agree on.  So, when someone claims that this nation is founded on Christianity, which denomination are they referring to?

Because some of them are very different.

But I just go back to what I’ve said many times before, if this nation was supposed to be founded on Christianity – our Constitution would say so.  The fact of the matter is the words “Christian” or “Christianity” don’t appear a single time within our Constitution.

And no matter how many times these right-wing radicals try to perpetuate the idea that our Constitution was “written by God,” it’s not going to magically change the fact that our First Amendment gives us the right to freedom of religion and there’s absolutely no mention of religion (outside of the First Amendment) anywhere in our Constitution.

Just because conservatives want something to be real doesn’t mean that it is real.

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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  • Pipercat

    Hot tub Tom……

    • Edward Krebbs

      Missed the Hot Tub reference. But seem to remember some other scandals such as his pest control business (Bug Man DeLay) as well as the obvious pun of ‘delay” as to postpone and make sure nothing gets done.

      • Pipercat

        Back before he found religion, he was quite the partier! He got that moniker in his state legislative days. Do a simple google search on hot tub Tom and his official Wikipedia entry comes up.. Bwahahahhahaaaa!

  • Edward Krebbs

    OK, I understand that for some fundamentalists, the Bible is seen as written (or word for word dictated) by God. (Of course, the majority of Jewish and Christians have long since abandoned any such claims), But now to expand that claim to the Constitution ?

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      They are proudly being the false witness they are not supposed to be. Their behavior kind of proves their religion is a fraud.

      • Charles Vincent

        I dont think that any individual or group of individuals “proves their religion is a fraud”, rather they prove they are a the frauds not the religion.

      • noah vail

        are those the same values you attribute to islam as well?

      • Charles Vincent

        If we presume that God is real and he through divine influence had people write the bible, the fact that false religion exist is possible and given that fact it’s also possible that several religions are to a false god or prophet. Which one(s) is unknown at this time.

    • noah vail

      their so called “bible” is full of shit from the first page to the last…it is nothing but crap written by some nasty old men whose brains were fried in the desert sun…if these morons who want us all to “adore” their book would only live by it we’d all be better off but their actions tell me that they don’t believe the bullshit either unless they can cherry pick certain passages to support their “agenda du jour”…i wonder if a southern baptist would like living under a papist theocracy or if a catholic would enjoy the southern baptist version of how life should be lived…which kind of “christianity” should we adopt, huh? huh? huh?

  • Edward Krebbs

    Dumb Question: If the Constitution is written by God, then why are there cries for a Constitutional Convention ? Are you trying to alter the word of God ? If so, wouldn’t the Mosaic Code dictate that we sentence you to death by stoning ?

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      Why not alter the word of god, that is what the entire “New Testament” is. But do not touch the bill of rights.

  • meatwad_SSuppet

    The bible is so full of contradictions that we could use the bible to form the most radical of rabid right wig capitalism all the way through to a free things for all commie system of government. It is that bad the bible.

    The thing that bugs me is that many Atheist do not get it either. The biased supreme court changed the first amendment to mean “no state church” and that is all it is supposed to mean at that court level. If they meant it to be only “no state church” they would have spelled it out “no state church”. What they did write was a restriction on law makers not to make any laws that show some respect toward establishments of religion. The anti-gay marriage trend is a perfect example of another law that shows respect for religious establishments. Another prefect example of a bad law that shows respect, undue respect for the religion business, tax free. If they paid a small ten percent, what they themselves demand of theirs, we would be honoring the intent of the first words of the first amendment, and there would be such a surplus at the IRS they would stop the income taxes. Imagine that. for the benefit of the religious parasite, we all pay income taxes,,, to pay for their government protections as they mooch off of others. Time they paid up their fair share, and there would be less Fred Phelps running around making people want to kill christians. He’s only in it for the tax break.

    • Pipercat

      I’m with you on the atheist notion. Good grief, some are cult-like…

      • meatwad_SSuppet

        Some are deadly.

      • Pipercat

        I like the nuance, by the way. Put the hat on, just to take it off!

    • Sorry, I don’t follow what atheist point you’re trying to make.

      • meatwad_SSuppet

        Follow the highest laws of our land simpleton. Your highest laws of “god” are made up stories by con men. You are smarter than that, to not know what it is all about.

      • I still don’t follow whatever point it is you’re trying to make. You’re just not being clear, at least not to me.

      • Ah, I finally follow your point, sorry but you seemed to be arguing both side .

        As for Phelps, I think he is delusional enough to believe what he says. The scary part is that he may do more than protest.

        I’m an atheist, I’ve never heard anyone claim we are cult like or deadly!

    • Charles Vincent

      “The bible is so full of contradictions”
      Are they true contradictions or just misinterpetations by people who constantly misinterpret things and events that happen or that they read?

      • meatwad_SSuppet

        No offense but I was taking a drink of water as I read your opening line, bad combo. “true contradictions” from the bible?? Look them up, using the translated KJv “contradictions in the bible” and you will see one after the next in scriptures, not a new snake handlers version of the new western KJ anointed with oil and vinegar with muster gas as a side version of a bible.

        My favorite lately is the ‘knowing mens hearts’ and ‘needing to test men to find out what is in their hearts’.

      • Charles Vincent

        I think you make a mistake by thinking that only one idea can exist and be right and true. I do not purport to push some religious angle, I only make an observation that people misinterpret things on a daily basis and that the people that write about the contradictions often omit that the old testament is a covenant with Jews and the new testament is with gentiles the former being between god and the Jews and the latter being between Jesus and the gentiles. two separate covenants with two different groups of people.

        “My favorite lately is the ‘knowing mens hearts’ and ‘needing to test men to find out what is in their hearts’.”

        Have you stopped to consider that the knowing part comes after the testing part, i.e. god knows but people need to test to know?

        On a side note I hope the water didn’t end up on the computer.

      • meatwad_SSuppet

        you are coming up with excuses. the book has hundreds of similar problems.

      • Charles Vincent

        These aren’t excuses theologians will tell you that there are distinct covenants the some that god made with the Jews via intermediaries Noah and Abraham et al and then the covenant from Christ to the gentiles.

        http://doctrine DOT org/covenant-theology-and-the-new-covenant/

        The second is a question to which you failed to answer and which you summarily dismissed to your own detriment. Do not mistake this for some hap hazard attempt to “convert” you or anyone else. I think you’re making the same mistake of hubris you accuse bible thumpers of.

      • meatwad_SSuppet

        Funny, the old testament warns you not to change any word, do not take away any words, nor add to these words. The new testament is an entire addition to those old words. Excuses are what comes along to explain why they should be allowed by great deceivers.

        Religion, the second oldest profession because it is hard to sell an old mans behind.

      • Charles Vincent

        This same argument can be made against atheists.
        “Excuses are what comes along to explain why they should be allowed by great deceivers.”
        You also omit that god in the bible was talking about adding or taking away with out him or Jesus prompting the additions. And you still haven’t answered the question I posed.
        Have you stopped to consider that the knowing part comes after the testing part, i.e. god knows but people need to test to know?

  • WGAF

    Obviously God forgot to sign it!

  • Michael Marowitz

    Tom Delay is yet another stupid Texas conservative who knows little or nothing about the First Amendment. What I wrote earlier is apposite here. Conservatives think that old ways with which they’re familiar, which they label as “traditional,” are vastly superior to what the future brings, and also
    believe that everyone should subscribe to and act according to what they believe is morally right. Liberals going back to the days of John Stuart Mill (“On Liberty”) have always encouraged individuals to do their own
    thing so long as it doesn’t harm others. Conservatives are intolerant
    authoritarians; liberals are promoters of tolerance toward the lifestyle and
    the life choices of others. Liberals adore liberty and freedom; conservatives
    merely pay lip service to liberty and freedom, using them as jingos to arouse or excuse hatred, especially toward government, so poorly informed voters will continue to vote to cut taxes, the primary beneficiaries of which are the wealthy who pay the lion’s share of federal taxes. And, as someone who has studied our Constitution for years both as a law student and an attorney, I believe the frequency with which conservatives butcher the meaning of constitutional provisions and Supreme Court cases that have interpreted them in the service of their own dogma is far greater than most liberals’ treatment of constitutional law. Many conservatives and libertarians like Ron Paul, another Texan who knows very little constitutional law but tries to fool everyone into believing he’s a scholar of the Constitution, believe that we are a “Christian nation” or believe that “religious freedom” or “religious liberty” to discriminate on racial or ethnic grounds overrides legislation to the contrary. In doing so, they completely ignore the fact that the United States Supreme Court has, in three cases dating back to 1878, decided that the purpose of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment was to build or erect a wall separating Church and State, according to no less an authority than Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, whose Baptist group drafted that clause. Everson v. Board of Ed. of Ewing, 330 U.S. 1, 15-16 (1947); Reynolds v. United States, 98 U.S. 145, 164-64 (1878); accord, Lee v. Weisman, 505 US 577, 599-600 (1992). Conservatives are so enthralled with their own rigid beliefs that they are not even cautioned by one of their champions, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote, “‘Laws, we said, ‘are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious belief and opinions, they may with practices. . . . Can a man excuse his practices to the contrary because of his religious belief? To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.” Employment Div., Dept. of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872, 879 (1878), quoting Reynolds, supra, 98 U.S. at 166-67 (emphasis supplied).

  • Dre Barret

    @ Meatwad_ssuppet
    Actually the order not to add to the scripture or take away is at the END of Revelations it is the very last order given that states if any man takes away from this book his name will be removed from the book of life and if any man adds to it the most high will add the plagues of this book to his life.

  • Dre Barret

    There is a HUGE diffrence between following religion or walking by faith. Jesus himself argued down the political AND religious leaders of his day. These people who are in church every Sunday can’t even explain certain scriptures or understand certain events. I do not affiliate myself with any specific religion. Jesus didn’t say be a Christian, he said we are to be HOLY not religious. Many Christians nowdays don’t know the history of the church or the history of the scriptures. These people of today never heard of the early historians of biblical matters such as Ireneus, Justyn Martyr, Flavius Josephus. On 1 hand it is good to try to feed the soul righteousnes, but the people are being misled by people who just DONT KNOW THE TRUTH