Tom DeLay has been back in the news today, as many people are noticing the similarity between Justin Bieber’s beaming mug shot after his drag-racing and DUI arrest and the picture taken of the former GOP majority leader in 2005 after he was picked up on money laundering charges.
But it turns out that DeLay is also in the middle of a media comeback tour, in which he is framing himself as a Religious Right leader.
In a recent set of unintentionally-ironic interviews, DeLay has criticized what he sees as a lack of morality in politics and alleged abuses of power in the Obama administration. He even has his own David Barton-inspired shtick of pushing Christian Nationalism and calling for a moral revolution.
Based on a vision he had several years ago, DeLay has announced that he will be launching a new group which he says is committed to praying for political leaders and fighting back against the supposed effort to “push God out of public life.”
While DeLay claims that the group will only be focused on prayer, we are curious to see how long “The Hammer” will keep partisan politics out of it.
A national network to pray for and with the nation’s elected leaders is emerging in hopes of sparking a national revival, reaching from Capitol Hill to state and local governments. An initiative of the National Prayer Center, it’s called the Josiah Project, named for King Josiah of Israel who after finding the Book of the Law when rebuilding the temple led the nation to repent and pray.
“He tore his clothes and was convicted before the Lord and he saw the condition of the nation, the culture of Israel was in the toilet. They had pushed God out of the public square. Does all this remind you of something?” Tom DeLay, the former Republican House majority leader who is helping the National Prayer Center head up the effort, told TheBlaze.
“Josiah tore down the idols and brought God back into the nation or brought the nation to God. He was probably the most devout king of all the kings, including David,” DeLay said. “So that’s why we named it the Josiah Project. In the presence of where our nation is today.” The Josiah Project will not be involved in lobbying, DeLay said, but rather prayer intercessors approaching members of Congress and state legislatures offering to pray with them and for them. It will seek citizens to reach out in groups to their elected representatives. Chapters will be organized by congressional districts, he said.
“The Constitution is based upon a higher authority. This government cannot exist in the future if we give that up and put man as the higher authority,” DeLay said. “We need that higher authority and the truth that comes from that higher authority in order for us to survive. Otherwise we’ll find ourselves where we are where man gets to define what truth is and everything crumbles.”
“They give me a call and at the last minute in September and said DeLay, you’ve got to get up here. We’ve got some ideas that we want you to be part of it,” DeLay recalled of the center. “So I dropped everything and came up here. Got here on a Monday night. We spent two days planning the Josiah Project. Then on the third morning I get a call on my phone and it’s my lawyer, Sept. 19, I get the ruling that I’ve been exonerated and acquitted.”