In invoking ‘Judeo-Christian values,’ Ryan is stunning in his hyprocrisy

When the going gets tough the tough get going. In this case it was Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. … Continued

When the going gets tough the tough get going. In this case it was Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

In a conference call Sunday organized by Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Ryan spoke to thousands of evangelicals.

Saying that President Obama’s policies on health care and religious freedom are leading us down a “dangerous path, “ Ryan went on to warn, “It’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place.”

To whom was Ryan speaking? Not just evangelicals but the 17 percent of Americans who believe that President Obama is a Muslim. What was Ryan implying? That Obama is a Muslim. What do most of these true believers think Muslims are? Terrorists.

This was inevitable. That number 17 (as well as the number 47) has been out there just begging to be exploited by the Republicans if they really needed to. Yes, they did show admirable restraint up until now.

Religion, it seemed was off limits, particularly since there were so many questions that Americans have about the Mormon religion. Romney didn’t go anywhere near it except to invoke God from time to time. “We are all children of the same God,” he said during the first presidential debate.

That alone was bad enough. Not only was it not pluralistic, not only was it not inclusive, it was totally exclusive. “We are all children of my God” was what he was saying. Where did that leave the Buddhists, the Hindus, the atheists, and the secular humanists? It left them out. It’s as if they aren’t Americans. “We” are Americans. Americans are Christian, he appeared to be saying, even though some 15-20 percent of the country doesn’t believe Mormons are Christians and that includes many of the evangelicals Ryan was speaking to.

God though, is fairly non-denominational. Muslims are not. (Even though Muslims believe in the same God that Christians and Jews do, many Americans do not equate Islam with Judeo Christian values.

Which brings us back to the vice presidential candidate.

What he said was the lowest thing that has been said on this campaign. A man who talks about religious freedom and in the same breath denounces his opponent for not having Judeo-Christian values is stunning in his hypocrisy. Don’t forget, it was his Christian brothers and sisters who condemned Christian Barack Obama for his relationship with Christian pastor Jeremiah Wright only four years ago.

Where is it written in the Constitution that we must follow Judeo-Christian values or that we must adhere to the values of Western as opposed to Middle Eastern ( where many Muslims are) values?

What is Paul Ryan actually saying? He is saying that he personally does not believe in the American values which so clearly stand for freedom of and from religion.

Why did Ryan stoop so low as to bring religious prejudice into the race at the last minute and to appeal to the lowest instincts of the electorate? Why did he get so ugly? Because he believes that the Republicans are losing. And he is showing his true values by demonstrating that he will do anything or say anything to get elected.

Those are Judeo-Christian values?

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Sally Quinn Sally Quinn is the founding editor of OnFaith.
  • Carstonio

    Well said. Although I strongly disagree with the just-world ideology that Romney has been espousing, I would listen to him talk about the importance of his Mormon faith in his own life. Officeholders from both parties have done this, including both Bush and Obama. But they must NOT pretend they are speaking on behalf of the nation in religious matters. While Quinn is right that “Judeo-Christian values” is a euphemistic term, ultimately it’s being used as a divisive club. Being an American is not about having a specific religious affiliation or identity. Americans from many different positions on religion share values that supersede any particular religion.

  • leibowde84

    This is the real Paul Ryan … a self-righteous bigot who wholeheartedly believes that this is a Christian nation, built on the values of HIS church. Well, just because our constitution and act of Congress share similarities with judeo-christian values in no way means that we are a judeo-christian nation or that we must cling to values simply because they are held by specific faiths. Sure, we are big into charity, marriage, and faith, but so is literally every other religion in the world, so how int he hell does that make us judeo-christian?! Sure, most people in the country might belong to either the Christian or Hebrew faith, but there are plenty of Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Atheists, Voo-doos, and members of faiths that I don’t even know about that are full-fledged American Citizens that would be offended at language like this.

    Ryan is living in a fantasy land. The sad thing is that, to him and many others like him, his words seem true. Our country is turning away from judeo-christian values like the sanctity of marriage, ant-abortion sentiments, contraception, etc. and it scares the super-religious who feel as if their country is being taken from them. But, these are good things. We are learning to think with our brains, finally, and are taking into account that we aren’t a faith-based nation. Our forefathers started this nation in order to be free from such circumstances, and people like Ryan are trying desperately to hold on to something that never truly existed. Further, just because our forefathers were the same religion, in no way supports the argument that they wanted us to be faith-based in any way. Sure, they used the word God, but they lived in a different time, when atheism wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today.

    All in all, Ryan is a dangerous man.

  • PoppaCharlie

    I’ve been told, sir, that the USA is a Christian nation. (I’ve also been told that Donald Trump is an honorable man.)

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