This article is inspired by an exchange I had at Obama Release Your Records. It went like this:
Guest: GOD told me Kevin is going to hell. I can’t wait till Kevin calls GOD a liar.
Dr. Conspiracy: God is not [a] liar, but apparently you’re off your meds again.
Guest: Then your (sic) going to Hell. Your GOD is Obama, the son of Satan. Obama the community organizer, trained by Saul Alinsky who dedicated1 his book "Rules for Radicals’ (sic) to Lucifer.
Yes Kevin, you are known for the company you keep. Take a good look around you and you’ll see the flames of hell.2
GOD told me that is where you are going. For eternity.
Dr. Conspiracy: Call the psychiatric hot line, quick.
Our Pastor preached the sermon today with a Bluetooth headset in his ear, and partway through he said “I have to take this,” and touched the headset and then related his end of the phone call from Jesus. Since he had the headset on, this was obviously planned, and it was done to illustrate a point, not to make anyone think that God endorses T-Mobile. By the same token, I just assumed that “Guest” was saying what he said for effect, not because he was actually having the auditory hallucinations that would justify my “off your meds” response.
I assumed we were both kidding, but I suppose he could have been serious. Some of the birthers are a little strange.
The Mormons believe that any of the Mormon priesthood (and that’s pretty much every adult male in good standing with the Church) may receive revelations from God; however, they believe that the revelations received are appropriate. An individual receives revelations about what he should do; the First President of the Council of Elders is the “prophet, seer and revelator” for the entire church. For example, when birther plaintiff Cody Judy claims to have received a revelation that he should be leading the Latter-day Saints, that revelation was above his pay grade—it was not an “appropriate revelation.”
By the same token, birther beliefs in Constitutional interpretation are equally inappropriate when they say that judges in 200 lawsuits didn’t follow the law, and that legal scholars and historical authorities “don’t trump [their personal interpretation of] the Constitution.”
Whether of divine origin or ones own moral compass, a revelation, that “I’m right and you’re wrong” in the context of an argument that you’re losing on the facts and the evidence, is highly suspect.
I don’t get messages from God, but sometimes I have moments when the right thing to do becomes clear. What do to about the birthers is not that clear. So I just keep blogging and hope for a revelation.
1Just for the record, Rules for Radicals was dedicated to Jason Epstein, Cicely Nichols, Susan Rabiner, Georgia Harper and Irene. There is a quote about Lucifer, but it is not in the book’s dedication.
2I did have a vision of flames creeping up from the bottom of the TV screen below Jerry Falwell when he was hawking a book that said Bill Clinton murdered Vince Foster, but I think I had just dozed off (true story).