When I first sat down to write this blurb, I fully intended it to be a pithy diatribe against Jim DeMint. As you know, there are few Beltway buffoons that I despise more than South Carolina’s junior senator. And I’ve got a whole host of reasons.

One, DeMint is theocrat who believes all Americans should be following what he calls “God’s Constitution,” i.e. the Bible. In fact, he believes that you can’t truly be free or American unless you believe in the Judeo-Christian god.

Two, he’s a homophobic ass, who doesn’t think that gay people should be president or teach our children.

Three, he’s a hypocritical Capital Hill spendthrift who wants to slash the budgets for all government programs, except the ones that are engaged in waging wars overseas.

Four, he reiterated his support for Missouri Rep. Todd Akin after he made his disastrous “legitimate rape” comment.

So when I read DeMint’s series of tweets last night urging his followers to support embattled U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana — the arch-maroon who said that rape babies are a part of God’s plan — I was prepared to rip into the DeMinted One in a way I never had before.

But then it occurred to me that from a theological standpoint, Mourdock was right and that the real problem here is that this is what happens when politics and religion mix.

See, it’s fine and good for fundies living in the rarified air of Holier Than Thou Heaven like DeMint and Mourdock to say that everything that happens is the result of God’s will, but down here on the ground, that shit don’t fly. In fact, it’s offensive to most Americans to suggest that God supports rape as a means of procreation. But from a theological point of view, it seems to be that He does.

Now, I’m not advocating that we cut Mourdock or DeMint any slack here. Both gentlemen should be pilloried by the public and the press, the latter for supporting an odious idiot and the former for being one. I just think that we all need to understand that theological beliefs and public sensibilities, faith and political reality, are often at odds, and this is precisely why the Founding Fathers didn’t want church and state to be mixed together in the first place.

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