God can’t seem to make up his mind who he wants the next President to be.

This doesn't have anything to do with the article, really, I just thought it was funny.

First it was Michelle Bachmann claiming that God gave her a “sense” that she should run for President. Then Rick Perry said that he felt God calling him to run just prior to announcing that he was joining the race. Rick Santorum didn’t say it was a call from God, but his wife did.

And now it’s Herman Cain’s turn to make the same claim: Cain: God Told Me To Run.

WASHINGTON (October 10, 2011)—GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday he didn’t want to run for president, but God called him to join the race.

The Republican candidate told CBN News that’s why he believes “God’s been in this from the beginning.”

Cain said that when he felt God calling him to run for president, he resisted just as Moses did after being called by God to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt.

Like Moses, Cain says he told God, “You’ve got the wrong person. You can’t be talking about me.”

Interestingly enough, Rick Perry also claimed he didn’t want to run for the Presidency, but felt he had to:

“I’ll be real honest with you, I don’t wake up in the morning – never did and still don’t today – and say, ‘Gee, I want to be president of the United States,’ ” Perry, 61, said by phone last week.

I suppose there’s a chance that there exists a God that might be bored enough to decide he should encourage someone to run for president, but what are we to make of him telling the same thing to four different people? You’ll note that none of them are claiming that God told them they would be president, just that they should try for it. Obviously all four of them can’t win so God’s setting three of them up for failure (assuming one of them does win, otherwise it’s all four of them). That seems a little cruel, don’t you think?

Of course, there is an alternative to the God-is-just-dicking-with-them theory. I believe it was Susan B. Anthony who once said “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

More often than not that seems to be the truth.

 

Governor Rick Perry’s solution to America’s problems: Pray it away.

Texas Governor Rick Perry rarely misses an opportunity to mix religion with politics, but he’s really going all out with his latest promotion. It seems he’s joined up with the nutcases at the American Family Association and issued a call for a day of prayer to address all the ills America suffers from today.

Fellow Americans,

Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.

Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response. Therefore, on August 6, thousands will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose.

I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking God’s forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation. There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.

via The Response: A call to prayer for a nation in crisis.

What a monumental waste of time and money. None of the problems Perry lists are “beyond our power to solve” so long as we’re willing to get off our asses and actually do something about it. Dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters, in particular, tends to be much more manageable when we aren’t wasting time on our knees praying to an absentee deity.

This is nothing more than simple pandering toward the overtly religious and the cynical side of me thinks it’s probably in preparation for announcing his candidacy for President.

And it looks like I’m not the only one to think so:

The new event is the largest display of faith he has planned, and it occurs a week before the Iowa straw polls.

“It’s a continuation of his so-far successful effort to keep his name in the papers. He’s been maintaining a high profile — some think to run for president, others think for different reasons. This is surely that,” said Bruce Buchanan, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, whose specialties include presidential politics.

“It also bespeaks the kind of constituency that he wants to reach and address — what he thinks his base is, for whatever purposes he may have.”

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, called the rally “an obvious appeal to fundamentalist Christians, who comprise 60 percent of the turnout in the Iowa caucuses. It could be even higher in South Carolina, another early primary.”

Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, said she understood how some Republican Christians may be holding out hope for Perry to join the race, particularly after Mike Huckabee announced he would not run in 2012. Huckabee, who also used the restoration movement during his campaign, had been a favorite in Texas.

The only good thing about this event is that the nutcases at the AFA are paying for it rather than Texas taxpayers. Still, it’s aggravating to see someone so blatantly make use of division politics in such a way.

Granted, it is Texas and that’s sort of how they do things there, but still. You’d think he’d at least pretend to be running to represent all Americans and not just the far religious right.