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Sharron Angle camp clarifies "First Commandment" claim: Obama thinks he's "all powerful"

As you know, Sharron Angle came under some criticism last week after claiming that Obama and Democrats were trying to turn government into our God. Lest you thought she was being figurative, Angle added that the growth in government constituted "idolatry" and had violated the First Commandment.

Now the Angle campaign is pushing back. They say she was merely arguing that Obama's legislative agenda, passed over public opposition, showed he thinks he's "all powerful." And Camp Angle is accusing Harry Reid's camp of injecting religion into the Senate race. The Las Vegas Review Journal quotes Angle spox Jarrod Agen:

Agen also criticized Reid for playing the God card in the Senate race. He said Angle's point was that the Obama administration had become "all powerful" by passing legislation over the objections of a majority of Nevadans and Americans, including the health care law and divisive stimulus spending.

"It's shamefully hypocritical of Senator Reid to attack Sharron for discussing her religion, since Reid has publicly boasted that his faith and his political beliefs are deeply intertwined," Agen said. "The same man now attacking Sharron Angle is the same guy who not long ago said that he doesn't think he can separate his religion from his politics. Once again, Harry Reid is running from his record."

A couple quick points about this. First, I'm not sure that Angle's suggestion that the growth in government is leading the nation down the road to "idolatry" constitutes "discussing her religion."

Second, Angle wasn't merely claiming Obama thinks he's "all powerful." If you reread Angle's original quotes, there's simply no doubt that she meant them literally. She was not making a figurative point about Obama's inflated sense of himself as some kind of deity. She clearly accused Obama and Dems of trying to "make government our God," and denounced the result of that nefarious plot as "a violation of the First Commandment."

LIke it or not, that's what the woman said.

There's been a great deal of discussion about the new team of consultants Angle has hired, and no question, we're seeing signs that her message is sharpening up, in new ads and so forth. But it's clear that one of their primary missions is a challenging one: To obscure what Angle really thinks.

By Greg Sargent  |  August 9, 2010; 3:34 PM ET
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She's a Christian Reconstructionist. She has a very literal view of the Bible (both testaments) and thinks that society must be reconstituted to conform to God's Law. You know, kind of like how the Muslims want to impose their "God's Law" or sharia on the US.

Read up on Christian Reconstructionism and Doninionism of you don't know about these movements. They are very dangerous, even if she isn't the brightest light in their firmament.

Posted by: Mimikatz | August 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle brings up the First Commandment, but it's Harry Reid who is injecting religion into the campaign. This woman is seriously confused.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 9, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

This Greg Sargent/Angle obsession is starting to give me the creeps ==> like the Sullivan/Trig thing...

Posted by: sbj3 | August 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Would she like some cheese with her whine?

I'm so sick of politicians of *any* stripe talking about religion beyond upholding the First Amendment.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | August 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"But it's clear that one of their primary missions is a challenging one: To obscure what Angle really thinks."

I.e., to keep her from opening her mouth.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | August 9, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Because god forbid that Americans ever see the return of citizen legislators, right Mr Sargent?

Plain spoken people have no place in the duplicitous world of DC politics it seems.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | August 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Shorter:

Angle: Christian Church is more important than the Constitution.

Reid: She's crazy for having such extreme views.

Angle: How dare he attack my religion.

Media: Harry Reid attacks Sharron Angle for being Christian. News at 11.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I guess now:

"plain spoken people" = people who want to put Christianity above the Constitution

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Greg, you wrote: "There's been a great deal of discussion about the new team of consultants Angle has hired, and no question, we're seeing signs that her message is sharpening up, in new ads and so forth. But it's clear that one of their primary missions is a challenging one: To obscure what Angle really thinks."

Don't you mean, "To obscure that Angle really doesn't think?"

Posted by: blondie3 | August 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

skippy: "Plain spoken people have no place in the duplicitous world of DC politics it seems."

People who would impose their religious convictions onto others have no place in politics anywhere in the United States. We are a secular nation.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Greg, you wrote, "But it's clear that one of their primary missions is a challenging one: To obscure what Angle really thinks."

Don't you mean, "To obscure that Angle really doesn't think?"

Posted by: blondie3 | August 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@sbjr: "This Greg Sargent/Angle obsession is starting to give me the creeps ==> like the Sullivan/Trig thing..."

Not hardly. Sullivan's obsession with Trig Trutherism really was just nuts. Far beyond partisan. More like paranoid lunacy.

Sharon Angle, on the other hand, just keeps saying kind of far out whacky things, and you gotta expect opposition bloggers to jump on it.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | August 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@kevin: "You gotta expect opposition bloggers to jump on it."

No doubt. I think it weakens his blog and makes it less meaningful to a wider audience. It strikes me that Greg devotes so much coverage to Angle that other important races are not covered here at all.

Posted by: sbj3 | August 9, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Angle is possessed by demon spirits. Prove me wrong.

Posted by: thebobbob | August 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of crazy teabagger candidates, am I the last one to hear of Rand Paul kidnapping a woman and forcing her to take bong hits? This seems too weird to be real.

"He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They'd been smoking pot."

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/stoner-kidnapping-101-aka-rand-paul-the-college-years.php

Posted by: SDJeff | August 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

got the anti religious bigots and whiners all stoked up didn't I?

gosh, what it really boils down to is this:

Liberals really, really have their own faith. It is just that they borrowed so much of it from other religions. Take for example commandment one: thou shalt have no other god before me.

Right, to a liberal that means that only liberalism matters. Sooo, finding a liberal judge to overturn a valid vote in california isn't imposing the liberals religion on us, it is simply the liberals obeying their first commandement, right?

When liberals impose their agenda on unwilling people its "progress". When these unwilling people fight back its "imposing their convictions on others"

Religion is only a problem for liberals when the faith is other than their amorphous silliness.

It is long past time that faithful people took the challenge from the liberals. For example, militant christians, people willing to fight hard to perserve the role of their faith in our society, would be met with scorn from nice folks like suzie, but no doubt our little suzie completely approved of code pink.

If them's the rules, why shouldn't faithful people play to win? Ready for armed and uniformed Catholics standing outside of polling places honey?

Posted by: skipsailing28 | August 9, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I think one post a day is not too much coverage for one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country, and the only one involving a majority leader...

Posted by: Greg Sargent | August 9, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

skipsailing28: Religion is only a problem for liberals when the faith is other than their amorphous silliness."
___________________________________________

Typical right-wing ignorant bigot. Liberals are spread all over the philosophical/religious spectrum- from Zen Buddahists to methodists to Jews. That's the point you moron- WE don't claim to have a TRUTH for Everyone, we only claim to be seeking the truth, and respect others in their search. But like you and your ilk, you dress up your bigotry and petty hatreds in some twisted version of the gospel and have used it to burn "witches", justify slavery, prosecute teachers for teaching evolutionary science, burn books you don't agree with, tell people whom they can or can't love, marry or have sex with, and which people are ok to hate, kill and discriminate, and of course which presidnt is the anti-christ.

Jesus wept.

Posted by: interactidiomas | August 9, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

skippy, if only you had one clue...but you don't.

"Right, to a liberal that means that only liberalism matters. Sooo, finding a liberal judge to overturn a valid vote in california isn't imposing the liberals religion on us, it is simply the liberals obeying their first commandement, right?

Voters cannot invalidate the constitutional rights of other people, just because they don't like them. To paraphrase Ted Olson to Chris Wallace on Fox yesterday, voters could not invalidate the right of Fox to exist, because freedom of the press is a right that can't be taken away by a vote.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 9, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

When the Founding Fathers were working out the details of the Constitution, the relationship between government and religion was the thorniest issue with which they had to contend.

Even though all Colonial religions were branches of Christianity, the disagreements wmong them were of such vehement nature that it was clear to them that separation of Church and State was the only way to avoid elevating one religious perspective above all others, and plunging the then-nascent Union into a sectarian civil war that would have ended US history almost before it began.

Now, these self-styled Christian Reconstructionists and Dominionists desire nothing less than to abolish the separation of Church and State, and to make their religious apostasy the laaw of the land. Now, as when the Founding Fathers first pondered this problem, this commingling of civil and liturgical law would destroy the bonds of community that make us one nation, and plunge us into a senseless civil war that would end the Union outright, or, at best, turn the US into a tyrannical hierocracy, run by inevitably corrupt preachers trying to impersonate God.

Christian Reconstructionism is apostasy.

"Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and render unto God that which is God's." I think somebody Christians are supposed to respect said that.

Posted by: lonquest | August 9, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

All, happy hour roundup posted

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/08/happy_hour_roundup_68.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | August 9, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

The more progressive lemmings demonize Sharron Angle, the more the rest of us will support her.

We'll be happy to vote for Angle, an HONEST, patriotic and courageous American, particularly when the option is SLEAZY Harry, who has harmed us more than most terrorists, helping Obama kill millions of jobs. Unemployment in Nevada is over 14%!
We'll vote for HONEST Angle!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | August 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The "separation of Church and State" has been used to force people into atheism, which is needed to solidify communism/Marxism.

Jews/Christians/Catholics have the right to express their views.

The government has taken away the FREEDOM we should have as human beings to express our views and to teach our children our values. Most parents have to send their kids to public schools based on atheist values.

Schools need to be controlled by parents, not by the federal government.

Another reason to vote for Angle!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | August 9, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Rooted in Judeo–Christian believes, the US Founding Fathers' vision is based on the idea "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Atheism takes God out of the equation and allows for Marxist thugs to replace God with the government (themselves) and enslave people.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | August 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Throw out all incumbents in November, including Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) an ardent supporter of a pro-amnesty agenda. Find out who is on the American workers side and the lawmaker who have appalling records for enforcing immigration laws at NumbersUSA

Posted by: infinity555 | August 9, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul now threatening legal action against GQ over story about bong hits:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/08/happy_hour_roundup_68.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | August 9, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Conservative Fox News people always misunderstand more Liberal Americans. We don't necessarily oppose conservative views, we opposed stupidity. This woman, who refuses to be interviewed by the regular media, is stupid. She opposed Social Security until it was pointed out to her by a journalist. She asked him where he got such an idea that she opposed Social Security. He told her, 'From your website."

She has run away more times from journalists than you can count.

We don't oppose her because she is a conservative Republican Christian.

We oppose her because she's stupid!

Posted by: Renshaw | August 9, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Isn't leftist tyrants substituting devotion to the State for devotion to God pretty basic stuff? Look around the world. These statements from Angle are run of the mill conservative rhetoric. You've also got to understand that she was speaking on Christian radio so she is speaking to an audience that is very religious. She doesn't say this on the stump.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | August 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

THOU SHALT NOT LIE - I am always amazed that Tea bags and their ilk seem unaware that in the new millennium it is no longer possible to lie about what we say - someone will have you recorded on their cell phone if nothing else.

Posted by: oneStarMan | August 9, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

nobody seems to see the connection to islam.politicians,modern thinking people, are showing islam extreme consideration and treating islam with kid gloves.every criticsism of islam is decried as racist... of course the christians are going to demand the same kind of consideration.what is interesting is that the same people who will not brook any criticiscm of islam have no compunction about denigrating christianity.

Posted by: whatdemocracy | August 10, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

How a religous nut like Angle has a chance of winning in a state known for being the capital of sin is beyond rationale.

I guess Nevadans are dumber than the average American. And that's pretty dumb.

Posted by: Rounds77 | August 11, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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