There is an infusion of Judeo-Christian fundamentalism in American politics today. This is thanks to the extremist wing of the Republican Party and the Tea Party that believes America has lost its Godly way.
There is a false notion that the Founding Fathers Bible-thumped their way to independence against a religiously oppressive monarchy with the hopes of establishing a religiously oppressive democracy.
Yeah, like that’s what they wanted.
With non-belief rising in America and elsewhere in the developed world, religious indoctrination in politics will have to succumb to such things as secular humanism, atheists and atheism, the acceptance of homosexuals and their lifestyles, and treating women as equals, especially when pertaining to their reproductive rights.
America is a melting pot of cultures, religions and ethnicities. Many immigrants came from oppressive nations in the early 20th century seeking freedom, the idea that they can live their lives as they see fit and just. Not how a religion wants them to live.
The idea of a Godly America came out of the fear of communism during the Cold War. “In God We Trust,” came into the America lexicon during the 1950s – not from some Revolutionary War battle cry. The phrase did appear on U.S. coinage during the Civil War due to its fierce brutality stemming from states’ rights and slavery, which many in the South supported with passages from the Bible.
The religious clamor “One nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is considered a staple of American Christianity when in reality it was added in 1954, some 62 years after the original version was released.
No, I am not preaching to proscribe religion – it has a special place in homes, churches, communities and the public forum when warranted. But in the government, it is not welcome. The basis for American Christianity is like the religion itself – based in legend without any corroboration or adherence to things like facts and history.
Religion is battling against a growing progressive ideology pertaining to same-sex marriage and abortion in America.
Regardless of whether abortion or same-sex marriage is the wrong choice by religions’ contradicting standards, pushing religious beliefs into American law is despicable. It is no different than the oppressive entanglement of sharia law in Muslim countries, something many are trying to ensure does not happen here.
I believe this is irony. Or hypocrisy. Either will suffice, really.
There are numerous sins laid out in the Bible, and to choose which ones to stand by is hypocritical.
As they say, “The Bible isn’t a buffet, but a lifelong diet,” abstaining from science, logic and reason, of course. I’ve heard those things really pack on the pounds.
I cannot support any institution that discriminates against the blind, deaf, dumb and lame, homosexuals and transgendered people while marginalizing women as nothing more than cooks and caregivers.
Religion is trying vehemently to remain relevant by appearing bigoted, obscene and obtuse to the changes at hand.
I, as an American, cannot and will not stand idly by as hatred and bigotry from any religion that has had its hand in the murders of millions for what it thinks to be right continues to discriminate against my family, friends and fellow Americans.
This bigotry is a disgrace that plagues our nation.
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