I’m always baffled by the issues that the Christian right deems to be important, in contrast to the issues they either don’t care about or strongly support. Pete Wehner has similar thoughts at Commentary magazine, noting a recent Mike Huckabee commercial telling Christians to vote based on the Bible but only caring about gay rights, abortion and religious liberty.
Now I’m quite sympathetic to those who believe religious faith has a place in the public square. But I find the ad Governor Huckabee appeared in to be problematic, perhaps because I tend to be wary of those who claim we know which votes will have eternal significance and, in the process, can provide us with the hierarchy of God’s concerns.
It’s not at all clear to me, for example, that a vote against the same-sex marriage initiative in Maryland has more eternal significance that our policies on genocide, world hunger, sexual trafficking, slavery, religious persecution in Islamic and Communist nations, and malaria and global AIDS. A study at the University of British Columbia found that George W. Bush’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) saved 1.2 million lives in just its first three years. Might that have more eternal significance than knocking on doors for Todd Akin?
Personally, I couldn’t care less what a non-existent deity cares about. I care about what believers think their god cares about only because it tells me the kinds of gods they create for themselves and where their priorities lie. But if you care more about stopping gay people from getting married than you do about protecting the environment, preventing starvation and malnutrition or the horrible effects of war, your priorities — and your alleged “family values” — are well and truly fucked.