I am going to contradict conservative media and say this openly. This country was founded on the belief that all people are created equal. It was also founded on the principle that every individual may choose to worship God, gods, or no god at all. Basically, it was founded to be a secular nation open to everyone. That is what the separation of church and state in the First Amendment is all about.
For over 200 years, we have lived by those principles. Our nation grew and became the most democratic and open society the world has ever known. However, in the last 40 years or so, things have changed. Radicalism has taken over our discourse. Religious Radicalism to be exact.
I have spoken about the problems that Radical Islam has let loose on the world. I have also spoken against any violence for any reason. The unfortunate side is that Islam is not the sole proprietor of Religious Radicalism. Every religion in the world has their radical elements. I don’t care what religion you wish to speak about, radicalism exists in it!
The nations in the middle-east are full of human rights violations. They openly discriminate against anyone who isn’t a follower of their religion. They openly discriminate against gays and women. They are abhorrent in my eyes and they really need to do something about it. The problem is that the rest of the world is mostly powerless to do anything about it. Especially as long as the rest of the world depends on oil as their primary source of energy.
We are seeing a similar radicalism in our own country. We are seeing a group of people trying their very best to enforce and even codify their religious beliefs on the rest of the country. Except these radicals are supposed to be Christians! We now have a slew of candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination for President. Most of the “declared” candidates are doing their very best to pander to this radical religious group.
As a result, I have some questions for our Conservative Christian brothers.
First, the vast majority of conservative Christians claim that climate change doesn’t exist. Okay, I may let you slide on that one. But, no one can deny that pollution has increased health issues. Things like asthma has increased due to the pollution in our air.
Conservative Christians claim that “God created the world.” Okay, I will even allow for your belief. But, if that is true as you claim, how can you not be the very loudest ones screaming about pollution? How can you not demand our legislators to pass laws that will clean up our air? How can you not demand carbon emission reductions?
Continuing with pollution, we have seen large oil and chemical companies pollute our water and poison our land. The very water we need to drink to survive and the very land we need to grow our crops. If the planet was created by God, why aren’t you demanding that the polluters be held accountable for their “crimes against God?”
Why aren’t you demanding your legislators to pass laws that require these polluters to clean up the water and land? Why aren’t you demanding more regulation to ensure that these polluters are stopped from continuing their pollution? If God created the world, isn’t it a crime to destroy his work? Isn’t it a crime to allow others to destroy his work? Why are the vast majority of Conservative Christians against these laws that will help keep God’s creation viable for future generations?
Conservative Christians claim that they “live by the bible.” If that is so, and Jesus said to “love your neighbor as you love yourself,” why do you claim it is a religious right to discriminate? Why are you so eager to pass laws that legalize iscrimination against those very neighbors your savior said you are supposed to love? You cannot love your neighbor if you discriminate against them.
In the Bible, Jesus tells us we are to take care of the poor, sick, and elderly. So why are your Conservative Christian politicians continually slashing funding for those very people we are supposed to care for? Isn’t that a “sin” in the eyes of Jesus?
I am picking on the Conservative Christians in this article only because they are the biggest political force of what I consider religious radicals in this country. The fact of the matter is, regardless which religion is being used, religious radicalism is very anti-social at best and very evil at worst.
We cannot afford to have a country run by religious fanatics and radicals. We were founded to be secular nation with individual rights protected by our Constitution. If we continue listening to these Radical Conservative Christians, we will become no better than countries like Saudi Arabia or other Islamic nations with their versions of Sharia Law.
Religion has no place in our politics, nor our laws. By imposing religion into our politics and laws, we cannot claim to be exceptional anymore. We cannot claim to be “the land of the free” anymore. We will simply become another country run by radicals for the sole purpose of power.
I took an oath years ago to “defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” I still hold to that oath. As far as I am concerned, religious radicals are domestic enemies of the constitution and we must defend against them!