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Congressman under fire for comment that liberalism is based on a hatred of God

U.S. Congressman Todd Akin from Missouri says he’s not surprised at the firestorm of criticism he’s gotten after telling a Christian radio program that ‘at the heart of liberalism, really, is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.”

Monday, a spokesman for his U.S. Senate campaign said the Congressman was speaking “off the cuff.” Staffer Steve Taylor said the point that Akin was trying to make was that conservatives believe rights are granted by God and it is the responsibility of government to aid in protecting them. On the other hand, he said, “liberals believe rights are granted by government.”

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  • http://.com Khrodos

    The great irony here is the fact that mr Akin can not conceive of a God beyond social norms. In other words: socialism.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    Akin is achin’ for attention.

    He has no clue what he is talking about; he is simply pandering to the Tea Party disciples. It is far easier to call someone names and toss taunts than it is to offer any sort of meaningful, mature discussion.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bluebuss

    as a Christian and a bleeding heart – i’m pretty sick of republicans calling me godless. like they corner the market on religon. repubs really like to twist the word of God – but are the ones constantly lying and protecting the rich. the exact opposite of what Jesus had preached. can not wait for the blind tea party followers to finally wake up and realize they have been misled. when is that day coming?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    I don’t know one liberal who hates God. Wonder where he is finding them. Bluebuss, the next election should do it.

  • http://AgreewithU.S.CongressmanAtkin. Pierre

    After years of listening liberals in any country in the world you are going to discover that they preach only about the government not God. That’s one of the reason Liberals are trying to put an end to prayer in school. For Liberals the government is religion. I have never been a liberal and never believed in their philosophy. I am watching these liberals with a big laugh because that’s only what they deserve.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Richard

    Yeah, Pierre, that’s a real charitable Christian attitude you’re showing there. On Bizarro World, maybe. Meanwhile, back in reality….

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bluebuss

    h22 your lips to my God’s ears!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ce6

    “speaking off the cuff” seems to be politican-talk for “He got caught saying something really stupid and/or against the party line, please ignore that, here’s another glass of kool-aid.”

    “liberals believe rights are granted by government.”
    Well, there is that little Constitution thing that seems to enumerate many of them, and the Treaty of Tripoli which makes quite explicit the fact that the USA is NOT based on Christianity.
    Funny how conservatives love the Constitution when it suits their purposes, and pretend to ignore it’s existence when it doesn’t.

    For you Christians who want to put prayer into the schools and enforce religious law, tell me, would you endorse Bhuddist prayer or Islamic law if the population in your town was predominantly of one of those other religions?
    Or would you rather have the government and social services (schools, police, courts, etc.) remain religion-neutral and let you and your family do whatever prayer and worship services you want at home free of official inquiry?

    As the 1st Amendment states, “The government shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion…” If we make an exception for yours, we will have to make an exception for all, and you don’t really want to fall down that slippery slope.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tonibarb

    Their is only 1 thing that matters, GOD is alive and real, He is the only one who has a heaven or hell to send you to, and we are in the last of the last days. I strongly advise you to seek Him, make sure that you are in His will,live as Holy as you possibly can and don’t worry about the haters, follow the “Fruit Of The Spirit” to the best of your ability and always/hourly ask Him for forgiveness for your sins.

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