Over the weekend, the Republican PartyÂ (RNC) announced it is officially the party of God. In an embarrassing tweet that links to anÂ even more embarrassing petition, the RNC announced "Religious freedom is our God-given right."
The image, in a blazing denial of states' rights -- what the GOP claims as its mantle -- included an American flag without any stars. The American flag's stars represent each state, but the RNC chose one without any at all.
But that misstep pales in comparison to the petition the tweet launched.
"TELL OBAMA TO DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM," it commands. "Make sure America is defending this God-given right."
The "religious freedom" President Obama is supposedly not defending is not his to defend. The petition chastises the President for "not taking freedom of religion seriously" because "for the second time in his term," President Obama has left vacant a ceremonial post, the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
Yes, international religious freedom.
The Ambassador heads the Office of International Religious Freedom within the United States Department of State.
The office itself was created when Democratic president Bill Clinton signed a bill forming it into law in 1998. The position has been vacant as many times as it has been filled: three. It was vacant under George W. Bush between 2001-2002, and under President Obama from 2009-2011, and most recently starting in October of last year.
Until October it was occupied by Suzan Johnson Cook, who resigned to work in the private sector so her sons could have a â€œdebt-free college education.â€
So, the Republican party is now attacking President Obama for not quickly filling a largely ceremonial post that has nothing to do with anything a President should be policing -- religious freedom abroad -- while not accepting the fact that their policies have made going to college so expensive and unwieldy that a U.S. Ambassador had to resign to put her sons through college.
Further, they are ignoring that that office was created by a Democratic president.
But by comparison, let's talk about all the judicial nominations and other federal positions nominated by the President that the Republican Party has blocked. Surely we can all agree that filling the federal bench at home, filling important positions in the JudicialÂ andÂ Executive Branch is far more important than filling one religious position (in an office that truly has no business even existing within the federal government) abroad?
For example, in March, an eminently qualified surgeon general nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, had to withdrawÂ because the NRA didn't like that he supports gun control measures.
Why isn't the GOP upset that the United States hasn't had a Surgeon General since July of 2013, longer than the ceremonial Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom?
Also in March, the Republicans in the Senate killed the nomination of Debo Adegbile to become the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice.
Because in 2009 Debo Adegbile filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court that argued a man sentence to death had been wrongly convicted due to racial discrimination in jury selection.
That man had been convicted of murdering a police officer, and the right immediately branded Adebbile a cop-killer supporter.
The Republican Party has made it clear it has zero intention of actually governing, zero intention of performing the duties it is paid to by the American people, and zero desire to do anything but lie and harm President Obama's agenda.
This, my fellow Americans, is the official party of God.
Do with that information what you will.