Former Congressman Tom DeLay Claims God Wrote The Constitution

It’s not unusual to hear someone claim that America is a Christian nation.

But usually the people the long for a more intimate church-state relationship stop at that, claiming that we need to simply get back to the Christian principles they believe the country was founded on.

(Which, incidentally, it wasn’t. It was founded on Enlightenment principles, but I digress.)

What you don’t often hear is the claim of former Congressman Tom Delay.

According to the former Congressman, God, not the founding fathers, wrote the Constitution.

Before we just laugh off this claim for the absurd ridiculousness that it is, we should pause and remember why this sort of white washing (divine dousing?) of history is more than just ridiculous, it’s perverse, dangerous, and simply evil.

Just as when we long for the good ole days in the church – usually the edges of living memory, about 50 to 75 years ago – we forget that those glory days were also the days when the church was largely silent, if not altogether supportive of Jim Crow laws, when we start claiming that God wrote the Constitution we are left with an equally disgusting proposition.

If God wrote the Constitution, then God is the author of Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3.

Also known as the Three-Fifths Compromise.

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

So, either God is an incredible racist who thought the racism of the American slave trade was worth enshrining for all time or Tom Delay has gone off his patriotic rocker.

Were some of the founding fathers Christians?

Sure.

But you know what else they were?

Slave holders.

So, Mr. DeLay (and anyone who happens to agree with his revisionist version of history), the next time you feel the urge to rant about America being founded as a Christian nation, please pause and consider what you’re proposing.

Because as wonderful as you think a nation founded on Christian principles might be, what you’re really claiming is that racism, slavery, and valuing certain people as three-fifths or a person are all Christian values.

 

  • Justin Mitchell

    This country is a great one, and we have come a long way in a short amount of time, but it is important to remember the US does not have anything close to a pure or even respectable beginning. This land was taken from others, piece-by-piece, mostly through accident (unknown diseases), but many other times by force or deception. It was then built on the backs of countless slaves, even after the birth of the new nation, like many nations before it. We should not romanticize the founders of this country or their ideals. They were flawed people, many of them with skewed morals and selfish motives, just like many of us today.

  • Dylan

    Seems like it might be difficult to counter DeLay’s argument simply on the basis of the Three-Fifths Compromise (or, really, any other questionable bit of the Constitution). If he starts out assuming its direct divine inspiration, then he would likely use the same interpretation he uses on the parts of Old Testament law that would sound crazy if you tried to pass them in the US today.

    But along those lines, it’s an assertion that sounds simple and absolute, but is really making a lot of assumptions and implications.

  • Bz3rk

    Is he out of prison already? Didn’t even realize that.

  • Nicholas

    God didn’t write the Constitution just like God didn’t write the Bible.

    The Constitution was written by the Founding Fathers and the Bible was written by around 39 authors over a period of 1,500 years.

    And that means that( brace yourself), the Bible is neither infallible nor inerrant.

  • Kyle Weaver

    wow…please take Jesus out of your blog name. I am not sure if you are just trying to pull people in and then break them down or what. I admit he could have said rather that the Constitution was inspired by God. Those are 2 different things. You should have focused on the 99% other part of his message, that we are supposed to be followers of Jesus Christ…Below is the founding father breakdown…a far cry from you saying “some of our founding fathers were Christian…Religious Affiliation
    of U.S. Founding Fathers# of
    Founding
    Fathers% of
    Founding
    FathersEpiscopalian/Anglican8854.7%Presbyterian3018.6%Congregationalist2716.8%Quaker74.3%Dutch Reformed/German Reformed63.7%Lutheran53.1%Catholic31.9%Huguenot31.9%Unitarian31.9%Methodist21.2%Calvinist10.6%TOTAL204

    • Aunt Tasty

      Respectfully, if you want an article that focuses on the “99% other part of his message” you should write it.
      I’m (admittedly without cause) curious if you consider Anglicans, Lutherans, Huguenots, and Unitarians your Christian brothers and sisters. Would you consider replying? Thank you.

      • NavVet

        I agree with Kyle, its crapola.