Republican Nirvana

AHA!  A perfect haven of exactly the type of ideologies the far right espouse and profess to want.

Coolio. I wonder if they can get a group rate for the mass exodus?

* picture borrowed from the Facebook page of I Acknowledge Class Warfare Exists

A Christian Nation. Really?

christian nation?

christian nation?

We aren’t, you big silly.  ‘Christian’ ideals are used as blunt instruments to bolster the antiquated and misogynistic agendas of male dominated sects.  If they were actually able to walk the walk as well as talk the talk, they wouldn’t be the threat to personal and civil liberty that they have blossomed into. The far right and fanatical Christians have morphed into an Ouroboros, and are trapped in their own never-ending loop along with the rest of us.

Modern Organized Religion At Work

Modern Organized Religion At Work

This country was founded not on the forcible application of religion, but the desire to practice religious beliefs without fear of persecution.  That is a sentiment sadly lacking in most churches today.  You do not believe as I do.  Therefore you are wrong.  I cannot cope with the possibility that you might continue to behave in a way I do not agree with.  Therefore I must find a way to legislate your behavior away.  If I do not want to play with the little red ball, it must be evil, and I will take it from you as well.  Have you seen these or similar sentiments in action around you?  I have, and I am willing to bet you have as well.  How is this attitude in any way a reflection of a prophet  as described by the very book upon which these people base their behavior?  WWJD?  I think he would explain gently that they have all missed the point entirely.

In response to the repeated smug assertions from the vociferous Christian historical revisionists that our country was founded by men who share their beliefs and would support their behavior, I offer these thoughts:

“The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion”

George Washington

“Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a censor morum over each other. Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.”

Thomas Jefferson (Notes On Virgina)

“Religion & Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”

James Madison (letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822)

“Religion, charity, pure benevolence, and morals, mingled up with superstitious rites and ferocious cruelty, form in their combination institutions the most powerful and the most pernicious that have ever afflicted mankind.”

John Quincy Adams (journal November 22, 1831)

Rick Santorum Says Separation of Church and State Makes Him Want to Vomit: VIDEO

So how many things are wrong with this? Too, too many. JFK was not the first to espouse this ideal. He was absolutely NOT advocating exclusion from participation in politics of those who practiced faith, but simply expressing the need for doctrine to be held separate from governmental issues. Nobody said religion cannot ride on the bus, but it has no business driving it.  I personally have no desire to live under the rule of Nehemiah Scudder or any analogue thereof. That is, in my mind, exactly what this man & those who support him want.  Again, he scares the absolute Hell out of me.  For anyone interested, here is the transcript of the speech Santorum was sickened by :  Those with weak Constitutions (pun intended) are now forewarned.
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