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Over and over again, I keep hearing the pundits, politicians and preachers declare that America is ( or at least should be) a Christian nation. Over and over again, I listen in amusement as this cabal of self-defining righteousness takes to the airways demanding that this country follow their God’s path to salvation.
Today I realized that this path of theirs, this march towards their version of a Christian nation, is a march towards the degradation of a society that has survived and thrived for generations because of its religious plurality and social diversity.
This congregation of zealots, this Christian version of ISIS, complains that their religious freedoms are being taken away from them by an ever expending secular population which seems intent on breaking free from the oppressive inhibitions and prohibitions that the religious right has used for centuries to control and restrict individual growth and thought.
Today, the religious zealots warn that they are first bound by the laws of their god or gods and then and only then are they obligated to follow the doctrines of constitutional law. They make no effort to hide their belief that when the laws of their god conflict with the laws of the state; gods law must prevail.
(But when their right to own guns are threatened, these extremists are the first to hide behind the Second Amendment of the Constitution.)
I, for a long time, took this push towards Christianizing America with a grain of salt and a suppressed chuckle in my throat. After all, I reasoned, this is the good old U.S. of A. and its 1st Amendment rights. I believed that the whole move towards a Christian theocracy was more of novelty than a reality and would soon lose much of its power and influence as time passed.
Then, several weeks ago, I woke up and realized how stupid I had been. I am sure that in the early 1930’s, German Jews had the same reaction to Hitler and his brand of anti-semitism. This Christian crusade is nothing to dismiss with a wave of the hand. It is for real and it threatens the very fabric of our pluralistic society. We are slowly, in the name of some god or gods, becoming a very evil, hateful and spiteful society.
Case in point: I heard on the news several weeks ago that four people on the east coast had been arrested for assaulting a fourteen year old girl. The assault, police investigators later learned, was intended to trigger a miscarriage of a fetus being carried by that teenage girl.
It seems that this young lady – actually, she is still a child – was attacked, raped and impregnated by a family member. With no realistic option available to her because her freedom to choose the course of her own life had been subjugated by the Christian religious right, her family chose an alternate option; an option that was draconian, devastating and to most, distasteful and appalling.
But what option was available to this young victim? Society had taken from this young girl, this child, the option of abortion. She had no other choice and fced going through the pain and a host of financial, mental and social consequences that I am sure she was ill-equipped to handle.
The young girl was being forced to become an ‘unwed mother’ by a society that seeks to condemn and ostracize women who bear children out of wedlock. Jeb Bush recently said that unwed mothers should be subjected to public shaming. For what?
So I must ask: In the context of today’s religious movement that seeks to condemn and penalize women who seek abortion; , what did this young girl do to warrant being ostracized from society? She was a victim. She did not seek out nor initiate sexual contact. She was RAPED! This ‘mess’ was physically and violently forced upon her. Why did the moralists demand that the future of this fourteen year old girl be compromised? Is this really the intent of this thing they call god?
The young girl was impregnated at no fault of her own. She was raped by a family member. The people who use this fairytale called god as their guiding light defend themselves by stating that the innocence and purity of an unborn child is precious and needs to be protected. Okay, what about the innocence and purity of this fourteen year old girl? Does she not deserve equal protection?
In a quest to demand that this country become a nation of Christian purity, the very ideals that compelled 102 pilgrims to board the Mayflower have been trampled over by the zeal for a resurrection of a specific doctrine of religious piety and observation. Hatred and discrimination is being protected by the veil of the constitutional right of religious freedom.
And we have no where to go for relief, change or mitigation.. Our politicians have been bought and are now controlled by the super rich and large corporations. The Supreme Court has abandoned the concept of equal justice for all and have sold its soul to the the influences of party politics. Education is considered a luxury and available only to the wealthy. Healthcare is viewed as an anathema. Feeding the hungry is seen with disdain and contempt by those that go to Church on Sundays to sing songs of brotherhood and charity.
What has this country become? I don’t think even this fantasy called god knows anymore.
Oh wait….there is hope….Donald Trump is running for President. You know the guy. The man who can stand up and defend the sanctity of marriage despite having been divorced three times. And people buy into this shit. What have we become
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