I didn’t want to talk anymore about the election, but there’s something that’s been really upsetting me about the aftermath. I understand that there are a lot of people – 49% of the country, in fact – who aren’t happy with the outcome. And I understand that those people need to express their disappointment in the outcome, and need to do it in a way that makes sense to them.
What I don’t understand is why there are some who have to bring GOD into the conversation.
I’m not a religious person. I’m Jewish, but at the present time in the most uninspired way (another conversation all together). My current state of Jewishness is far more about the kugel and lox and bagels than it is about the Torah.
I don’t consider god to be a player in election results – I pretty much assume that’s up to the voters. Apparently, god is pretty ticked off about things, according to some of my more conservative Christian Facebook friends.
A number of these friends – people I’ve never met in real life but know through the blogging community – made comments that stated one, if not all of the following:
1. God will punish us for having elected Barack Obama
2. Barack Obama is evil, and Mitt Romney is good
3. Because Barack Obama, not Mitt Romney, was elected, our country is going to fall into a deep crater of moral deviance and
corruption (which I must assume alludes to the issues of gay marriage and abortion, among other things). This opinion is shared by Franklin Graham, son of the famous (and previously non-partisan) Reverend Billy Graham.
4. That we must pray that our president will do the right thing – though I’m not entirely clear on what that right thing is, in their opinions.
This bothers me for a couple of reasons. Stating that your god is going to bring his wrath down on our country when discussing my president makes me very uncomfortable. Also, by defining Romney as GOOD and Obama as EVIL, there is the insinuation that one is godlike and one is the devil, if you will- those being the biblical representations of good and evil.
Let me add that many other more religious friends of mind made comments that stated that we should all pray for the president’s success and well-being. These are NOT the people I am talking about.
There is also a whiff of racism. In my travels across the internet I have read many comments referring to our president’s alleged secret Islamic fundamentalist ties. I’ve also read quite a few comments that take him to task for being a Muslim – which he isn’t. But if he was a Muslim, that would be ok too – as long as he didn’t invoke the wrath of his god upon the country for things he didn’t agree with. Like the people I mentioned above have done.
I am not a fan of Mitt Romney for a lot of reasons. But I don’t think he’s evil – just (as a human being) very conservative and a little too old-fashioned for my taste. Nor am I blind to the fact that President Obama has his shortcomings. What my friends who are sure that god is crying for our country don’t get is that this country is changing in a huge, monumental way – and it’s never changing back. Nor should it. It’s progress in the right – I mean correct – direction. Women will retain control over their bodies, gay couples can marry in four more states, and marijuana is legal in Colorado and (presumed) Washington State. There are women heading to Washington in record numbers, and the first openly gay senator, a woman, will represent Wisconsin – how about that? This is no longer the country of “old white men,” as one pundit on CNN put it. There’s a lot that’s new, odd, different and, well, colorful. It’s spectacular.
There was nothing good or evil about this election. It was all about demographics. The Romney campaign missed this completely, and the Obama campaign embraced it whole-heartedly. That’s why Obama won – god had nothing to do with it.
Or maybe he did.