Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Rep. Todd Akin, one of the leading members of The Family (aka the Fellowship, the shadowy group that owns the now-infamous C Street house), shared his outrage over NBC taking “under God” out of the pledge of allegiance with the ever-hysterical Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. The results were predictably ridiculous.

Akin: This was something that was done systematically, it was done intentionally, and is tremendously corrosive in terms of all of the values and everything that’s made America unique and such a special nation.

Really? Are your values that weak that leaving “under God” out of the pledge is all it takes to “corrode” them? Everything that has made America great is unraveled by that? My but this Christian nationalism is an awfully fragile thing.

Perkins: Why would NBC do this?

Akin: Well, I think NBC has a long record of being very liberal and at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God. And so they’ve had a long history of not being at all favorable toward many of things that have been such a blessing to our country.

Akin: This is a systematic effort to try to separate our faith and God, which is a source in our belief in individual liberties, from our country. And when you do that you tear the heart out of our country.

It’s amazing that the nation ever survived before “under God” was put in the pledge, isn’t it? I mean, it’s so important that leaving it out one fucking time is enough to destroy people’s faith and “tear the heart out of our country.” And yet the pledge existed for more than half a century without those words in it at all. That hardly seems possible given how important the wingnuts think it is. Or maybe they’re just completely full of shit.