Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick, one of three Republicans trying to unseat David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor next year, thinks he knows what God wants people to hear. Lone Star Q reports that Patrick was a guest Thursday on The Chad Hasty Show, a radio program on KFYO in Lubbock. Patrick weighed in on recent controversial comments by Phil Robertson, star of the reality television show Duck Dynasty. Here’s some of what Patrick had to say:
“Think about this, Chad. God has used Phil, of all people, a ‘Duck Dynasty’ show, to say clearly what He is thinking. I don’t agree with the way Phil said some things in the article, maybe God would not have used those words, but when he’s talking about God, and he’s talking about the principles of the Bible, that’s powerful. Think about how God is speaking to his people at the Christmas season through Uncle Phil about this issue. I think that’s the story, and I think it’s powerful, and it excites me as a Christian.”
God is speaking through Robertson? So, Sen. Patrick, does God also want his people to know that African Americans during the pre-civil right era — “pre-entitlement, pre-welfare” — were just happy folks? Robertson said that.
Or maybe Patrick is just talking about Robertson’s anti-gay comments. Was God also talking to his people when Robertson had this to say about gay people in 2010, Sen. Patrick?
“They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.”
God really says that, Sen. Patrick? Does that kind of vile rhetoric also “excite” you?
What about when Robertson was talking about how hard it is for a man to find a good woman to marry?
“Mainly because these boys are waiting until they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ‘em. Look, you wait till they get to be about 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You gotta marry these girls when they’re 15 or 16, they’ll pick your ducks. You need to check with mom and dad about that, of course.’”
So God wants men to marry girls when they’re 15 or 16, Sen. Patrick? Well, as long as Mom and Dad say it’s OK, right?
This is the problem with pretending to know what God wants to tell people: you can end up sounding like a fool. Or a vicious, narrow-minded demagogue.