On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

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

Congressman Akin on C-SPAN

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.”


Congressman with his son, a U.S. Marine in Iraq

“Congressman Akin believes those two concepts define the basic debate between the two ideologies,” said Tayler. With more time to articulate his point, Taylor said, Congressman Akin could have “provided a more artful answer.” Furthermore, Akin wasn’t talking about anyone’s individual relationship with God, Taylor said, only the “defining principles of two political ideologies.”


The comments came Friday as Akin was talking with the Family Research Council radio show about NBC-TV’s editing “under God, indivisible” out of the Pledge of Allegiance during their coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament. Akins told the show’s host, Tony Perkins, “Well, I think NBC has a long record of being very liberal and at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.” Akin went on to say that NBC’s editing was part of “a systematic effort to try to separate our faith and God, which is a source in our belief in individual liberties, from our country. And when you do that you tear the heart out of our country.”



Amid the ensuing firestorm, the Congressman told St. Louis radio station KMOX “I don’t think there’s anything to apologize for. I’m not going to apologize for what I see liberalism doing.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a story Monday in which they quoted a Jewish rabbi and a Unitarian minister — both who were offended by the Congressman’s comments. Rabbi Jim Bennett of Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis said he was “deeply disturbed” by Akin’s statement, which he characterized as a “grotesque politicized attack.” The Rev. Krista Taves of Emerson Unitarian Universalist Chapel in Ellisville, Missouri, said Akin’s comment “shows how very little he knows about liberals, and how very little he knows about God.”

“I’m a liberal because I love God and all God’s creation,” said Taves, whose church is in Akin’s district. “I value equality, fairness and compassionate justice because my faith informs my politics.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    Akin is simply a fool. He clearly has no idea about his own constituency. One of the bastions of the liberal progressive Protestant church, Eden Seminary, is right in St Louis. Akin also has no concept of a unified country able to work together without debasing itself with insults. Clearly, he is achin’ for attention, and now he has it. Like a dog who caught a car, he is not likely to know what to do next. His own people have to back up the bus and correct his oversteering problem. My guess it he has no real aspirations beyond the seat he is warming now.

    There are indeed two clear and viable philosophies about mutual governance. These create a tension, like the string on a violin. Too loose, and the sound is flat and muddy; too tight and the string is sharp and soon to snap. The purpose and point to the two parties and two houses is to keep the tension as close to pitch as possible. That does not happen when someone twiddles the tuning peg without thought, without listening, without caring about how this string will sound with the others. Any concert violinist or country fiddler will tell him the same thing. All he wants is one out of tune string to be more noticeable than the others that complement each other.

    Because he is from the “Show Me” state, and he has shown himself to be deaf and indifferent to working with anyone who disagrees with him, they should show him the door in the next election. Akin is a sure representative of what prevents a democratic government from working well. Let him sound his sour notes in the privacy of his own home, and not force anyone else to endure his discord.

  • http://Valuesandlife Dan

    The truth always stirs up anger and fear from those who would outlaw free speech. Congressman Atkin is correct and speaks the truth. It is not suprising that the socialist left cannot stand up and debate issues and they fear to face true democratic debate and free speech.
    Democratic government is always better when there is open and sincere debate over disagreements. Both Jestrfyl
    Atkins have the right and duty to say and express their own view point. That is the way a constitutional republic works.

  • Ellie Dee

    No person who truly believes in God, should use belief in Him as proof of who is right! Hatred is easy to see..and if we wait long enough, those who hate will always show us, what side they support.

  • Debra Gould

    I don’t want to be a part of a country that would ignore “God’s Law” and not give full acknowledgement that America is great because we have always honored “God’s Word”. I am afraid of the America some people are trying to create without God in it, not a place I want to be a citizen of or proud of. We will fail as a country if we continue down this distructive path. I don’t think we can call this action Liberal or Conservative but definately not Christian!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment creature

    Congressman Atkins is on target. As it says in the Bible you cannot get good fruit from a bad tree nor get bad fruit from a good tree. i have noticed that among the people i know the only ones who support abortion are the liberals. Not only does the Bible says that the unborn baby is human but also biology says the unborn is human [the unborn has in each cell 23 pairs of chromosones just as an adult human does]. The liberals are trying to change the facts by claiming the unborn is a virus etc. This is just like a nazi because the nazi claimed that the Jewish people weren’t human which is like the liberal changing the facts about the unborn. Liberals are in the same mindset as the nazi becauseboth try to dehumanize their victims.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Wayne

    Thank you Congressman Atkins for speaking God’s turth. There are so many different interpretations of being a liberal in our country. Unfortunately most of them do leave out any room for God and his plan for our lives. But, even if some choose not to believe that there is a God, that does not prove that God does not exist. Our nation has been the best nation to ever exist since time began because of the truth of God that has been built into its formation. The removal of God from the United States will be the ultimate demise of our great nation. Believe it or not, there is a God and he will prevail inspite of disbelieving liberals. Please know that I am and will continue to pray for all those in disbelief.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carol

    It is amazing how upset people get when someone stands up for God, but they can turn the other way when people are talking about homosexuality. I am for what Mr. Atkins said, while continue to keep God in the pledge. America thinks they have problems now, just wait, if God is taken completely out of everything, there will be problems like they have never seen before. This nation was founded on Godly principles. More people need to stand up for God and quit letting the law makers take God out of everything. By the way homosexuality is a SIN, not a choice. Read the bible people.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mike

    Glad this fool spoke up. Keep doing it. Keep spouting this medieval mythology. The rational among us will learn just who you are. I’m all for Robertson, Dobson, Reed, Baker, Kennedy, Graham, Bachmann and all the rest proclaiming their garbage.

    Lets us ID the enemies of reason.

    Besides it funny.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment UUGarn

    Wasn’t Jesus Progressive?

  • http://Weaareturningintoaathiestcountry Quentin Riha

    I agree with Debra and a few others. Without God, which appears that some of our non belivers are trying to stiffle, we as a nation are in big trouble.

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