Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Keyes’ Historical Dishonesty

Alan Keyes brings the crazy again in this Worldnutdaily article about Obama’s inaugural address. He quotes this portion of the inaugural, which was, I admit, pretty much empty pablum:

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom. For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

And he responds:

The problem, however, isn’t just that in his rhetoric Obama prefers the labor of whitewashing to the riskier short cut of telling the truth. It’s that he challenges us to reaffirm the greatness of our nation, when what we desperately need to reaffirm is the heart for God’s justice that has redeemed this greatness from evil. This is the heart that leads another Twain character, Huck Finn, to reject the false law that sanctioned slavery in favor of the true justice of respect for decent humanity that God has planted in his heart.

Really, Alan? Would be the “respect for decent humanity” that God “planted in your heart” to disown your lesbian daughter? Because that’s just what Jesus would do. Not content with rank hypocrisy, he then tells the following whopper:

James Madison, known as the father of the Constitution, was right when he said that justice is the aim of government, the aim of civil society: not freedom, not prosperity, but the determination to do what is right, as God enables us to see the right. In his disregard for the vision of justice that shaped the founding of the United States, Obama reveals the shoddy inadequacy of his vision for America, his fanatical commitment to the tawdry and ultimately self-centered materialism that binds and deforms his leftist ideology at its core. Except for this, he would have understood that before power, before prosperity, even before the Constitution framed our national institutions for liberty, America’s true greatness was given, by God’s Providence, in the moment when the leaders and people of the 13 original states, living in what Europeans then considered a savage, backward wilderness, committed themselves to form an independent nation that derived its identity from their common acknowledgement of the existence and authority of God. So previous generations did not struggle, risk and sacrifice only “for us.” They did so for justice, defined by God’s will. They did so for liberty, respecting God’s law.

Thus does Keyes flat out lie about James Madison, distorting his position and twisting his ideas to seem as though they support Keyes’ theocratic vision of the world. Madison could scarcely be further from Keyes on these issues. Madison argued vociferously for the strictest separation of church and state and for total freedom from the imposition of someone else’s interpretation of “God’s will.”