In a political bombshell tonight, economics professor and Tea Party-backed Dave Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in their Virginia primary.
So what should we know about the Roman Catholic who obtained a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Seminary, at least when it comes to religion?
According to his website, he believes:
That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers[,] is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.
Which I assume is Tea Party slang for “atheists ruin everything.”
And it’s worth noting that the “moral fiber” exhibited by our Founding Fathers came at a time when slavery was perfectly fine.
Brat goes on to explain his deeply-held religious values:
Our Rights come from God and not from Government. Government is instituted to protect these rights.
Dave will protect the rights of the unborn and the sanctity of marriage, and will oppose any governmental intrusion upon the conscience of people of faith.
Who knew Jesus authored the Constitution? And wouldn’t you think that if human rights came from above, then amendments to the Constitution would be unnecessary?
It’s a frightening prospect that Brat believes this (as many conservatives do) when he also believes that controlling a woman’s body and denying the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples are extensions of those rights.
Eric Cantor had awful ideas. Dave Brat has awful ideas, too. Yes, a dragon has been slayed, but Brat isn’t someone worth celebrating. He’s basically Virginia’s version of Rick Santorum.
Reporters, start asking this guy about abortion, marriage equality, and atheists. He’ll undoubtedly give us valuable sound bites to use in the general election.
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