Alabama State Senator Who Says Bible Says Teachers Should Be Broke Gets Support on Facebook

Posted on February 6, 2012


Shadrack McGill, a Republican state senator who has said explicitly that he does not believe in the separation of church and state and that the bible says teachers should not be paid high wages, was ridiculed by liberal blogs such as Jezebel, AddictingInfo, and others for the latter comment, but has been praised and blessed by his “friends” on Facebook. Such is what happens when right-wing Christianity gets involved in public policy debates – a lot of nonsensical, Christian self-righteousness that emboldens the brain-dead right in the U.S.

At a prayer breakfast on Jan. 31, the freshman state senator said that giving teachers more money would only make teachers worse, but giving legislators like himself more money would make them better because they’d be less prone to corruption.

From the DeKalb County Times-Journal:

McGill said that by paying legislators more, they’re less susceptible to taking bribes.

“He needs to make enough that he can say no, in regards to temptation. … Teachers need to make the money that they need to make. There needs to be a balance there. If you double what you’re paying education, you know what’s going to happen? I’ve heard the comment many times, ‘Well, the quality of education’s going to go up.’ That’s never proven to happen, guys.

“It’s a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher’s pay scale, you’ll attract people who aren’t called to teach.

“To go in and raise someone’s child for eight hours a day, or many people’s children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. It better be a calling in your life. I know I wouldn’t want to do it, OK?

“And these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It’s just in them to do. It’s the ability that God give ’em. And there are also some teachers, it wouldn’t matter how much you would pay them, they would still perform to the same capacity.

“If you don’t keep that in balance, you’re going to attract people who are not called, who don’t need to be teaching our children. So, everything has a balance.”

So McGill thinks that giving politicians more money makes them less corrupt while giving teachers less money, well, keeps them concentrated on their “calling” and, I would assume, less corrupt, as well.

Somebody obviously has never seen Breaking Bad.

Despite having no proof for his claim other than a passage in the bible that could probably be interpreted 14 other ways, media attacks on his remarks have caused other to come to his defense for no apparent reason other than that they think he believes in the same god as them. Here are some of the comments from McGill’s Facebook page:

Kimberly Kelsey Drawbaugh wrote some encouraging words on the state senator’s wall:

“Senator, I am lifting you up in prayer! Praying for you, your family & all those offended/upset right now. I know that GOOD can come from this messy situation, & I pray it will.”

Charlene Cruse Haymon wrote something about satan:

I saw some negative post on facebook today concerning our Senator, so I prayed for him and his family. Because you see, satan will try and destroy them because they stand for God. God showed me that if we wasn’t in that room with him, then we know not the truth of what was actually said. He gave me scripture that I think we should all meditate on. Don’t help the world persecute him.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. ( Matthew 5:11-12).

Jan Johnson praised McGill for being so brave that he found the courage to “take on” the teachers’ union, which is apparently worse than the mafia.

Oh I knew when I read Shad spoke those words that offended the teachers.. I know he was in for a bumpy ride. I’d rather take on the mafia. The teachers union is ruthless. We all knew when we elected him he was a little green politically.. that is why we did it..I believe Shad is a good Christian man and his heart is in the right place. I voted for him because I believed in him.. I still do. May God give him strength.

And Jordan Tiley Arnold said:

Wow you made the Huffington Post?? You’re pretty big stuff! 😉 We LOVE you and your family and we miss you guys! You are doing such a good job! Stand strong! You answer to God first, and before HIM you have to keep your conscience clear and your heart clean. Thank you for always sticking to your convictions, and not being afraid to voice the truth! We love the McGill family!

Notice that none of the comments praising McGill offered any insight into their thoughts about how teachers should be paid, whether or not they should get a raise, or if McGill’s interpretation of the bible is accurate. Instead, everybody praised him simply for mentioning the bible. You see, for many right-wing Christians, all one needs to do is talk about the bible t get their unwavering support. These people are so utterly brainwashed by their religion and handicapped by their ignorance that they revere a politician for simply mentioning their faith. It doesn’t matter if he misquoted the bible and it absolutely does not matter if his policy views are sound. All that matters is that he is a Christian.

Although McGill was blasted by people who do not share his fundamentalist beliefs, he responded to critics in a way that would give his evangelical fundamentalist brethren a holy feeling in their pants. According to WAAYTV, the bible-thumping state senator said:

“The point that I was trying to make in the speech is simply that .. Things ought to be in balance. I believe God made everything to be in balance. He weighed the Earth and the valley and the mountains and the hills on a scale to keep them in balance because he knew he was going to be spinning it real fast, so that’s the jist of it.”

Why an all-powerful God would need a scale is beyond me, but I think it has something to do with Him not thinking teachers should make as much as politicians.