Mr. Bax Loses His Marble

During the show on Monday Crafty played a clip and asked us our thoughts about it. This is normal format for our show and often makes for great conversation. This clip pushed me over the edge that I am never far away from these days and I would like to explain why I was so angry.
The clip was from the recent debate for the top GOP candidates running for the Republican nomination of the 2016 race to the White House. The clip was Megyn Kelly as moderator asking a question posed by a Facebook user. Now I would like to preface this by saying that I have no love for Megyn Kelly and that may have caused me to become more irate.
The audio did not play the “tease” by Kelly before the commercial break during the debate when she said, “because after the break, we’re going to let the candidates make their closing statements, their final thoughts — and God.”
This is where my cookie begins to crumble because we have a moderator during a national debate, even if it is a laughable debate, using the ideology of a god to garner interest and keep people from surfing away from that channel. This is just sad and a cheap way to use any religions god as a ratings net.
We now fast forward to the question posed by Chase Norton from the vitriolic and troll-ish land of Facebook that read, “I want to know if any of them have received a word from God on what they should do and take care of first.” At this point my already high blood pressure began to push the elasticity of my veins and my anger spilled over into the show. While I try to remain calm most of the time I fell victim to my anger and unleashed a rant that likely could have been said in a rational manner that would have been more logical and far less entertaining.
The reason this is not okay in my mind has to do with several ideas I hold about society and the way things should be presented. Further, I feel like this was in no way relevant to the intended spirit of the debate. I feel like the question was posed to garner votes and or interest from a specific portion of our culture and marginalize others. God has no place in the political arena when used as a tool for capturing constituents. Only a portion of those debating answered the question which draws even more suspicion.
What alarms me the most is the notion that their political campaigns are being portrayed as some kind of divine dictate from on high and that these men are being directed by God to run for political office. I would argue that any god would be far less concerned over politics and have much more to do than speak to a rich male who is out of touch with their citizenry and much of reality.
Using religion to further ones political agenda is appalling and has no place on national television. To use religion in such a way is blasphemous and counter to the idea that church and state are separate. While I take my spirituality seriously and hold no ill will towards anyone who chooses to believe what makes them happy, I feel like using that part of your life as a springboard into a voting pool is inappropriate. I believe that God speaks in many ways to many people but I think that the way these men phrased their responses gave the impression that they were being spoken to directly and that justifies their potential nomination. Am I off base here? Please comment and tell me what you think. I am willing to entertain the idea that my opinion is flawed as long as you can rationally rip me apart.

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