Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Get Behind me, Satan! I'm Goin' To Congress!

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

As if beating a five-term congressman wasn't hard enough, John Jacob said he has another foe working against him: the devil. "There's another force that wants to keep us from going to Washington, D.C.," Jacob said. "It's the devil is what it is. I don't want you to print that, but it feels like that's what it is." Jacob said Thursday that since he decided to run for Congress against Rep. Chris Cannon, Satan has bollixed his business deals, preventing him from putting as much money into the race as he had hoped.

Jacob, who like Cannon is LDS, said he is not the only one who is being opposed by Beelzebub. He said both Cannon and Sen. Bob Bennett have lost millions of dollars since going to Congress, and he believes their adversity is rooted in the same dark origins.

I have absolutely no idea whether Jacob is a good, hard-working guy, or a nut-job opportunist. It's very possible that he's simply a religious man who's tired of telling the papers what they want to hear. The tendency, with stories like this, is to make fun of the person in question, but that's a mistake, in my opinion.

Jacob's beliefs, if sincere and not simply a canny manipulation of truly religious voters, are simply one part of his moral and ethical makeup. They may sound kooky, but is believing that Satan influences your campaign any more ridiculous than believing that God favors America? Or that God has a hand in everyday life, for that matter?

Myself, I don't subscribe to the notion of a literal prince of darkness. If anything, "satan" is the human tendency toward selfishness, cruelty and harm. But articles like this offer an opportunity to think about how faith influences action, and what place it has in the realm of politics.

My favorite quote from the story?

Cannon's campaign would not address whether Lucifer is opposing either

(Story courtesy of Two Guys From Quantico, a site that likes to pop by Codemorse once in a while)


At 4:56 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Lucifer really doesn't need to oppose either candidate. All he'd need to do is stand back and let people (particulalrly politician type people) be people.


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