What we Americans are in right now in the great US of A is an ‘Religious Civil War’. The Religious Right/Social Conservatives, are waging an war against all Americans. Religion is the most powerful control that any Government can have on the people. There are theories that the Christian religion was first invented by Rome to control its out reaching populations. In the mid east, Religion is the primary method of controlling the people.
With statements like “the axis of evil'” the Social Conservatives have joined in with religious radicals. The Social Conservatives have joined the ranks of Religious radicalism themselves. This may be a bit extreme to some people but it puts the Social Conservatives on equal moral grounds as radical Islamic groups. The reality is that they are one and the same. Just a few religious details are different.
The first amendment states ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Thomas Jefferson made the intent clear is this letter that he sent:
To messers Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. [Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorised only to execute their acts, I have refrained from prescribing even those occasional performances of devotion, practiced indeed by the Executive of another nation as the legal head of its church, but subject here, as religious exercises only to the voluntary regulations and discipline of each respective sect.] Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association assurances of my high respect & esteem.
(signed) Thomas Jefferson
The religious Right likes to confuse things by saying that ‘the separation of church and state’ is not in the Constitution. Grant it those words are not. But the meaning of the First amendment is for a wall of separation from religion and the Government.
Social Conservatives are accusing Obama of being a Socialist for the point to call him a non-Christian. Because McCarthyism propaganda said that all Communists were Atheists. Hence all the labeling of Obama as either a Socialist or a Muslim. Just another attempt to drive in a wedge between Christians and non-Christians.
The Religious Right will not stop their crusade of America. Their every action is an attempt to gain total power. Eventually no one will be able to deny that the Social Conservatives want Christians laws imposed on everyone. After abortions are outlawed homosexuality are outlawed for being “Anti- American behavior” Then they’ll move on to other Christian values like woman are the property of their husbands along with their children. And the bible does not denounce slavery by no means. The bible in fact has commandments that deal with proper slave etiquette.
the bible also promotes such things as cutting off body parts for punishment and the bible left and right promotes killing as punishment for not being a good believer, among other things.
The reality is that our nation was not built on Christian ethics (Christian ethics is a oxymoron). What it was built on was the recognization of natural rights. The bible goes way beyond the basic concepts of right and wrong. And in many cases the bible is unethical. certainly a bad place to look for a guide to whats right and whats wrong.
No one needs a book to tell them what is wrong and what is right. Those are basic survival instincts. Why else would cultures untouched by Christianity have the same morals as any other human being? We all know its wrong to kill cheat steal etc. We dont need the bible to tell us these common sense facts. And we dont need the Religious Right telling us what is moral and what is not. I mean their bible in all reality is immoral. Any book that promotes genocide cannot be a good thing IMHO…..
The Religious Right is not the majority. We the people will win!