Scott Walker has not spoken of religion or God that much (unless you count the occasional Noah’s ark tweet). When I saw this passage from his upcoming book featuring God’s message to him, I immediately assumed it was pandering to the right wing evangelical Christian base – a good step for a northern politician who wishes to capture Bible Belt voters in a future presidential run.
For those who suspect Walker is a Dominionist* (like me), this pandering takes on an ominous tone.
I present for your reading eyes an excerpt from Scott Walker’s upcoming book which I have lifted from an article by Weigel in Slate. In this passage, Walker is describing how God spoke to him after he fell for Ian Murphy’s prank “David Koch” call:
“Only later did I realize that God had a plan for me with that episode,” writes Walker. After his press conference, he picked up his daily devotional and saw the title for Feb. 23: The power of humility, the burden of pride.
“I looked up and said, ‘I hear you, Lord,’” writes Walker. “God was sending me a clear message to not do things for personal glory or fame. It was a turning point that helped me in future challenges, helped me stay focused on the people I was elected to serve, and reminded me of God’s abundant grace and the paramount need to stay humble.”
[this next paragraph is from Weigel]
Providence gets a starring role in Walker’s memoir. Where he travels, ordinary citizens tell him to buck up. An airport worker who hands him a piece of paper reading “Isaiah 54:17,” which Walker quickly checks on his phone: “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.” A floor manager for a TV show confides to Walker that “she and her kids got down on their knees every night and prayed for me and my family.
More reading on Dominionism:
‘There is a desire felt by tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, to destroy the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment, radically diminish the role of government to create a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and force a recalcitrant world to bend to the will of an imperial and “Christian” America.’
Continue reading at The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government – Chris Hedges, TruthDig, October 6, 2013
Deconstructing the Dominionists, Part I – Mahoney at Talk to Action, dated 2007