Watch: Daily Wire host invokes the divine right of kings to argue against separation of church and state
Right-wing Daily Wire and Newsmax host Jason Knowles on Tuesday invoked the ancient philosophy of the divine right of kings to argue against the separation of church and state.
"The libs fear that if politicians believe in God, that's going to cause them to do all manner of terrible things. If you think that the God-fearing politicians are bad, just wait until you see the politicians who don't fear God. This is, this is a way, it's kind of obscured in the history now, but we all make fun of divine right monarchy as this sort of absurd idea and it's, that we view divine right monarchs as being absolute tyrants, wielding, but that isn't true," Knowles said. "The idea of divine right monarchy is actually that there is a limit on the power of the monarch because the monarch is answerable to God, who is a lot more important and powerful than a politician who is answerable only to the people, or answerable only to a small group, say in an oligarchy."
The divine right of kings "asserted that kings derived their authority from God and could not therefore be held accountable for their actions by any earthly authority such as a parliament," according to Britannica.
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"Originating in Europe, the divine-right theory can be traced to the medievalconception of God's award of temporal power to the political ruler, paralleling the award of spiritual power to the church," Britannica explains. "The doctrine of divine right can be dangerous for both church and state. For the state it suggests that secular authority is conferred, and can therefore be removed, by the church, and for the church it implies that kings have a direct relationship to God and may therefore dictate to ecclesiastical rulers."
Knowles, however, contended that religion is an essential component of governance.
"This is the meaning of John Adams' famous statement: 'the constitution is built for a moral and religious people.' That's the constraint – when you take that constraint away in the name of the separation of church and state, or the enlightened views of secularism – when you take that away, you're gonna lose the grace, you're gonna lose the restraints, you're going to lose the, kiss-it-up-for-vengeance as the Lord's, and you're gonna get a lot of wrath and gluttony and pride and lust and all the rest of it," he said. "And you're gonna get a country burning to the ground, as we have seen in recent years."
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\u201cDaily Wire host: "We view divine right monarchs as being absolute tyrants, wielding -- that isn't true. The idea of divine right monarchy is, actually, that there is a limit on the power of the monarch"\u201d— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell) 1678203558
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