The Republican right needs a tune-up. Litmus is leaking everywhere.
And their religious gyroscope tilts way too far to chart a dependable course for victory this November.
But that's the new GOP. Mindless. And shameless.
Religion has become a war cry, no longer a sweetness for the heart nor solace for the soul.
“I’m religious, goddammit. More religious than you.” Is this the blueprint for Babel’s tower?
It was not always thus.
In the Beginning, the Big Guy spoke to Gerald Ford, who said faith "is a personal thing. It's not something one shouts from the housetops or wears on his sleeve."
In the GOP Good Book, Dwight Eisenhower said that while he believed that "our government should be founded in a deeply felt religious belief" he didn't care what the belief was.
George H. W. Bush, The Heretic, said: "I believe strongly in the separation of church and state. I don't believe a president should be advocating a particular denomination, or particular religion."
Before he started burning in Hell, Richard Nixon said he no longer accepted as fact many of the miracles mentioned in the Bible, but expressed admiration for Jesus' message.
But Ronald Reagan did try to re-write the Bible in his own image with that unworkable idea for an Eleventh Commandment.
Lucky for the rest of us – they haven’t got a prayer.
Hat tip to Meredity Bagby, Huffington Post, for digging up the quotes.