NPR?! Seriously?! Great use of taxpayer money to promote bigotry! I realize that white Christian conservatives are the one group that the media seem to have no problem making fun of, especially if they make them “redneck”, but no matter how you look at it, this is wrong. This has no business on the NPR web site. Imagine such a cartoon of any other group?
I find it strange that a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 would lead to the establishment clause, or the Separation of Church and State. It was not an official document, it was a letter. Much like the poem on the Statue of Liberty, somehow this became secular dogma.
Jefferson believed that our nation, unlike almost every other nation on earth, should not have an official church. His intention was to assure the Baptists that as the Constitution states, they have freedom OF religion. The government should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
To state that somehow Jefferson believed that faith was to be divorced from the person, or that public appeals to God were to be banished, is a gross misrepresentation. He used an appeal to our common faith in the Declaration of Independence, a document which, unlike his letter, is a foundational document agreed upon by the Continental Congress.
The battle over the concept of Freedom OF Religion vs. Freedom FROM Religion rages today. Does faith hold a place in public life? If faith is real, it is part of who they are on every level.
A person can separate their civic duties from their religious convictions. Any assumption otherwise, especially as people of faith and various denominations have demonstrated their civic convictions and abilities, reflects a tremendous bigotry.
It is these same bigots that scream the loudest about the separation of Church and State, who fight to remove God and faith from all public display. They are the same who applaud loudest when Obama moved to directly attack the faith of Roman Catholics with the weight of Federal mandate. The hypocrisy is glaringly clear.
Rick Santorum or any political figure can’t speak to his fellow believers on matters of a common faith without raising a red flag. He can’t hold personal religious convictions without having his faith ridiculed and being declared unfit, not because of his political stances, but because of his faith.
However, Obama can sit in a church with a black Father Flannery and misquote Jesus’ teachings on gifts to make a case for taxes, and there is no issue. He can directly attack fundamental beliefs of the largest religious denomination in the world, clearly violating the First Amendment and the separation of Church and State.
Our government bends over backward to apologize to Muslims, the same who are now killing our soldiers, but attacking the faith of most Americans is a non-issue. We can’t have the Ten Commandments displayed, or prayer in school, but we will consider Sharia Law, or allow Muslim prayer areas in public schools and universities.
Our media thinks twice before ridiculing Islam but regularly mocks Christianity.
83% of Americans identify themselves as Christian, but they are to have no rights and be pushed out of the public arena? Their psychology is to be questioned or their loyalty to our nation doubted.
We are told we are in the post-Christian era, that we are not a Christian nation.
I wonder what letter Jefferson would say today. I’m sure this was not his intent.
The Roman Catholic Church is guaranteed freedom of religion. The government has no business ordering them or any church to give birth control or abortions. I don’t care if there are Catholics who ignore the church’s teachings. I don’t care if Pelosi appoints herself Pope. This is not only wrong, it is evil.
If a Catholic woman, employed by the church, wishes to receive birth control or even an abortion, there are plenty of avenues by which that can happen. Even if there were no avenues, it is a direct violation of our rights for the government to dictate that the Catholic Church throw out their beliefs to comply with a liberal agenda. Funny how they say Christians are out to cram their beliefs down everyone’s throats. They are the ones doing that.
They would never order a Muslim organization to serve bacon, even government supplied bacon, to whomever might want it. A huge number of Americans like bacon. Bacon is easy to get. Shouldn’t Muslims be allowed access to bacon? So because Muslims have the right to not serve bacon does it follow that somehow their resistance to bacon will result in bacon being outlawed?
Enter into this, courtesy of the DNC who clearly went to the Michael Moore school of propaganda, “The GOP is out to take away birth control!”.
Rick Santorum said he opposes birth control as a matter of faith, but has voted in support of birth control. The man can separate his personal convictions from his role as Senator or President, but because of his beliefs somehow birth control is supposed to be outlawed. Absolute rubbish! Is Jeremiah White making policy in the White House? Did we become a papal state under Kennedy? Will Romney surrender our nation to the LDS prophet?
As we have surrendered the Bible in favor of “The Prince”, it is no surprise we find ourselves in this Machiavellian nightmare. As Judeo-Christian ethics are pushed aside in favor of the new ethos we will move deeper and deeper into this crisis of tyranny. We traded steak for cardboard burgers, and ridicule the steak eaters. We have lost far more than we have gained.
Here we stand, with the First Amendment directly under attack. If the argument is redefined we lose. The Constitution is the protector of the people against tyranny. It is only as strong as our willingness to defend it. Given the ease with which the issues are redefined by sleight of hand I suspect that our willingness is lost. The blue pill is easier, but that doesn’t make it right.
Demand more! Expect more!
And as someone once said, “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.” (Thomas Jefferson)