How’s Your Right To Happiness Working Out For You?
Out in Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district, Bruce Evers is facing Dan Kapanke in a primary contest for the Republican nomination to the House of Representatives on Tuesday. How will Evers defeat Kapanke? He’s pulling out the ultimate weapon: Happiness.
Evers asserts that Americans have a right to be happy – and it’s not just a legal right, either. According to Evers, the Christian god has granted every American the right to be happy.
What’s the Biblical basis for belief in this “God given right to happiness” that Evers claims we all have?
Is it in the Gospel of Matthew, in which Jesus declares, “That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven, but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”?
Was it in St. John’s Revelation, which preached, “The fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”?
Was it in the book of Zephaniah, in which the high god was said to have warned, “I will utterly consume all things from off the land… I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land”?
How about in the Book of Isaiah, where the god of the Bible pledges, “I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished”?
How about in the book of Leviticus, in which the god further threatens, “I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate”?
I’m looking, but I just can’t find the right to happiness part.