Can someone please carry out a fact check on Katherine Harris’ resume? Because I have to wonder about any institution that would bestow a degree on someone so ignorant of just about everything. Joan took a whack at her in the Refugee, but I want to grab the torch and run with it.
What prompted this outburst was an interview the Republican candidate for one of Florida’s Senate seats gave to the Florida Baptist Witness. Just about every word she uttered was an offence to reason and sanity. But to remain calm, I’ll just settle on just one part:
Question: What role do you think people of faith should play in politics and government?
The Bible says we are to be salt and light. And salt and light means not just in the church and not just as a teacher or as a pastor or a banker or a lawyer, but in government and we have to have elected officials in government and we have to have the faithful in government and over time, that lie we have been told, the separation of church and state, people have internalized, thinking that they needed to avoid politics and that is so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers.
First, I think it’s hysterical that Katherine Harris believes God chooses our rulers. Surely, after all the laws she violated overseeing the federal election in Florida in 2000, she knows that that’s the Supreme Court’s job?
Seriously though, I’ve come across many a comment that misrepresents Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state, but it’s been a while since I heard it called a “lie” that we’ve “internalized.”
For the record, the wall was put there for a reason, specifically to protect religious orders from the heavy hand of a government corrupted by other, competing, faiths. I don’t understand why it’s so hard for Baptists and other evangelicals to understand that it’s in their own best interest to maintain that wall. I know they’re not all morons — I’m engaged in a rather provocative and challenging debate over Christian theology with an in-law right now and I know she understands her history rather well. So what’s Harris’ problem?
I always like to trot out the Treaty of Tripoli, which the august body Harris wants to join ratified on June 7, 1797, with nary a word of dissent. Article 11 of said treaty says:
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion
Now, let’s look at Harris’ resume. Her website lists a master’s degree from Harvard University with a specialization in international trade and negotiations, and a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Agnes Scott College. She also allegedly studied at the University of Madrid and at L’Abri Switzerland.
I’m not trying to imply that Harris is knowingly misrepresenting the Treaty of Tripoli. Just because she has a masters in international negotiation, there’s no reason to assume that she’s aware of every treaty the U.S. has ever signed. But she clearly cares enough about the church-state relationship to call Jefferson’s wall a “lie,” so I think it fair to call her on it.
The saving grace is knowing Harris is so far behind in the polls, the chance she’ll actually get into the U.S. Senate can’t be measured by an electron microscope. So why am I bothering with this rant? I have no idea. It’s Friday.