Here is something that I really don’t understand. Despite all evidence to the contrary, conservative Christians INSIST that the United States is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. Bat-shit crazy Michelle Bachman (and the rest of the Tea Party whack jobs) keep insisting that our founding fathers were Christian when they were not. They keep saying that our Constitution and Pledge of Allegiance all support their ideas about the U.S. being a Christian nation even though neither document mentions God in any form – the Pledge was edited to include God in 1954, but it was originally written (by a socialist) in 1892 and didn’t mention God OR the United States (that wasn’t added until 1923). The thing about the pledge is that it is a poem about pride and allegiance to one’s country. It is not a legal document – hence why it has been edited over the years. We don’t get to edit the Constitution (as much as they would like too) so they just twist the INTENT of the founding fathers to conform to their ideals.
Books and speeches written by those who founded our Country adamantly discourage the idea of a religious nation. The whole point of our country is freedom, and freedom of religion is the ringer. Freedom of religion means ANY religion including the right to not have any religion. I am so tired of the religious right twisting our history to conform to their agenda. I am tired of people lying and scaring people into believing this rhetoric.
Aside from the documented proof that we were not in fact founded by Christians with a Christian agenda; even if they were, and even if they had – they made sure to make our country inclusive. They left God out of it on purpose so that generations that followed could choose their religion without fear of persecution from the government. In some ways, it is like they had a glimpse into the future and knew that we would become a great nation filled with people from around the globe who would bring their religious practices with them. They wanted them to come here and be able to celebrate and practice their faith without persecution. Pretty smart guys for a nation of immigrants!
So why and how did we become a nation that persecutes other religions? Why do Christians feel that this is THEIR country and no one else’s? Why are our elected leaders and Supreme Court Justices insisting that we all become Christians and follow the Bible? They are all paranoid about Sharia Law in our country – but that is exactly what they are trying to accomplish here with Christianity. Laws from government dictated by religious beliefs. The separation of church and state as set up by our founding fathers is pretty clear and should not ever come up for debate. If something is based in religion – it should not become the law of the land.
For instance – the marriage equality argument. The ONLY argument against it is based on religious views and a couple of verses in the Bible. If we didn’t have laws that govern marriage – there would be no fight for equality under the law – in other words if marriage were only a religious activity, our government should not be involved in it in any way. However, our government offers certain rights and privileges to married people – so therefore all people should be able to marry under the law. If the government wants to eliminate those rights for married people – then they have to eliminate them for all married people. God has no part in it. The Bible has no part in it. Equal rights in our country are based on being human – not based on which God you follow, your gender, your race, or your political affiliation.
We are free to believe any nonsense we want as Americans. We are not free however to dictate the beliefs of others through our laws or government. It really is that simple. I sincerely don’t understand the argument.
I also understand that many many Christians don’t buy into the rhetoric of the religious right in politics. Most Christians live their lives and have their faith and practice it with love and compassion. I just wish those Christians would make their voices heard over the crazy people like Westboro Baptist, Pat Robertson, and the Tea Party. God aside, I wish the ‘normal’ Republicans would take their party back and speak up against the people who have absolutely ruined the credibility and respect for the party. Bob Dole just came out and said that the Republican party today wouldn’t have had anything to do with him or other prominent Republicans of the past and he thinks they should just stop talking and regroup. I think it’s a great idea. When even your own party members think you are insane – it’s time to do something different.
Christianity in America has become as dangerous as the Taliban in Afghanistan. They are trying to take over our country and trying to change our laws to conform to their religion. I am all for equal representation of religious groups in our government – I think it is important. However, those religious groups should be there to speak for their people, to ensure that no government law infringes on the freedom of religion – not to create laws that everyone must adhere to based on any one religion or faith.
What I also find amazing is that when I was a practicing Christian, what was taught to me was love and compassion. Helping those less fortunate. Living my life in such a way that people would look at me and see that I had peace and happiness and want to know why I was different. Jesus was a pretty cool guy and an activist. He was a liberal. He rallied against the temples being turned into market places (making money off of faith pretty much pissed him right off). The Bible talks over and over again about caring for one another, caring for the sick and poor. If we are in fact a Christian nation – why are there homeless and poor people? We are a rich nation and could easily wipe out poverty. We could easily offer healthcare to everyone regardless of income. If we are a Christian nation – why is it that we ignore basic Christian values? Why is that the religious right is more focused on keeping their guns than protecting children and the poor? To me it is hypocrisy in it’s highest form.
What is it that keeps so many Christians from speaking up when their faith is being twisted into something hideous and oppressive? If you are a Christian person how do you feel about those representing you in government right now? If you could, what would you change?