But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg

Romney and Huckabee’s religious intoleranceNonbelievers have long been more tolerant of believers in office than the other way around

The most egregious offender against basic American civics today is Huckabee, who told a group of students at Liberty University, the center of higher learning founded by the late Jerry Falwell, that his sudden rise in the Iowa polls is an act of God. He compared the improvement in his political fortunes to the New Testament miracle of the loaves and fishes. He wasn’t joking, as both his demeanor and his words demonstrated.

The Rev. Huckabee has proved willing to risk his oversold reputation as the “nice” evangelical with a primary strategy that draws attention to his qualifications as a “Christian leader,” in contrast to the suspect Mormonism of Romney. Huckabee was honest enough not to deny that he believes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a cult — and in fact, many if not most of his fellow Southern Baptists regard the LDS church as a satanic cult.

ABC’s Nightline had a report a few nights ago that featured some evangelicals that make yearly trips to Utah solely to try and convert Mormons so this isn’t some that has suddenly happened because of the dynamic between Huckabee and Romney. Huskabee in a video that is on-line claims that he has had more scrutiny of his beliefs then Romney. I’m not sure exactly how he came to that conclusion. One problem that the Right has created is making Religion part and parcel of their politics while at the same time complaining that people ask them questions about their beliefs and how it would affect their judgment in governing the country. Conservatives want to have it both ways, especially Huckabee and Romney. They want to be thought of as “values” candidates – values being a code word for Conservatives with a deeply intrusive and draconian social agenda, while at the same time not wanting to be judged on their religion. Conason writes,

So if these two worthy gentlemen seek to exploit or extol their own faith, why should we bar ourselves from exploring the subject more deeply? They have invited a discussion of the sublime and the absurd in their religious doctrines, and of how those doctrines would influence them in office. We have already seen the destruction inflicted on America and the world by a dogmatic chief executive who believes that God urged him to wage war. (And let’s not forget that Rudolph Giuliani, among others, has echoed the notion that President Bush was divinely chosen and inspired.)

Does America really need another president that not just hears little voices, but acts out what those voices tell them to do. It sounds silly or maybe cynical to make the observation that some omnipotent power is whispering into a candidate’s ear, but they’re the ones, especially in Huckabee’s case that keeps bringing it up.

Countdown Special Comment: The NIE Reflects An “Unhinged, Irrational Chicken Little Of A President”

We have either a president who is too dishonest to restrain himself from invoking World War Three about Iran at least six weeks after he had to have known that the analogy would be fantastic, irresponsible hyperbole — or we have a president too transcendently stupid not to have asked — at what now appears to have been a series of opportunities to do so — whether the fairy tales he either created or was fed, were still even remotely plausible.

A pathological presidential liar, or an idiot-in-chief. It is the nightmare scenario of political science fiction: A critical juncture in our history and, contained in either answer, a president manifestly unfit to serve, and behind him in the vice presidency: an unapologetic war-monger who has long been seeing a world visible only to himself.

Nothing to be shocked about. I’m surprised that Olbermann or anyone has any outrage left at this point. Bush’s first and last instinct is to distort. So much so that Dick Cheney is probably the only one that cares what Bush has to say about anything.

While we’re on the subject of beliefs there’s nothing like going full bore on the hyperbole, Bill O’Reilly Show Still Haven For Nuttiness 

On Fox News yesterday, Bill O’Reilly let loose on “far-left websites” like DailyKos, stating, “If you read these far-left websites, you’re a devil worshipper. You are.” O’Reilly’s ombudsman responded, “As a journalist, you know better than that.” O’Reilly shot back: “Satan is running the DailyKos. Yes, he is!”

Falafel O’Reilly thinks that an entity called Satan, a term frequently used to describe pure evil resides at DKos. Another fine example of clever repartee from the rabid Right.

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782