Dispatches from the Creation Wars

I’m on the mailing list for Worldview Weekend, an ultra-fundy group that hosts seminars all over the country to preach their twisted vision. And sometimes what they send out is really, really funny. Their missive on Friday had Brannon Howse, their leader, going after Beck again for preaching Mormonism. And he includes this quote from former LDS “prophet” Ezra Taft Benson:

I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. To me its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed His stamp of approval upon it. I testify that the God of heaven sent some of His choicest spirits to lay the foundation of this government, and He has now sent other choice spirits to help preserve it.

That would make a great dumbass quote of the day all by itself. Choicest spirits? You mean God created a bunch of spirits of varying quality? Fascinating theological position, to say the least. I wonder if they had auditions to decide which ones should go?

But then Howse ups the dumbassery with this response:

This is out right heresy! We are told in Deuteronomy 4:2 not to “add to the word which I commanded you, nor take from it.” Saying the Constitution is “akin to the revelation of God” is adding to the Bible and is for sure lowering the supremacy of the Word of God and thus heresy.

I always laugh when Christians cite the Bible itself as saying you can’t add anything to the Bible. Most of the time they cite the book of Timothy, and that’s absurd enough since Timothy was written long before the Bible was compiled. But to quote Deuteronomy, the 5th book of the modern Bible? That’s even more inane.

Deuteronomy was written not only long before the Bible was compiled, but long before practically everything else in the Bible was written. That would mean everything written after that verse was written was “added to the word” — including pretty much the entire rest of the Bible.