Even though most of the content on this site is generated by Mitch Gurney and I, every once in a while we run across an Op-Ed or article that is so astute that we are compelled to publish part of, or when we have the Author’s permission, to reprint an article in its entirety. This is one of those occasions and while we haven’t sought-out permission to reprint the entire article, we are publishing excerpts of an Op-Ed that we consider to be must-read material. We invite you to follow the link and read the whole article and the subsequent comments that exemplify the beliefs that countless millions of us hold dear, but are not stated with the clarity and straight-forward manner that Andy Ostroy embodies in his writing:
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sarah Palin apparently hasn’t heard of Separation of Church and State. Here’s what she said at a Women of Joy conference in Kentucky last week, attended by 16,000:
“God truly has shed his grace on thee — on this country. He’s blessed us, and we better not blow it. And that’s why I talk about politics. Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our founding fathers, they were believers. Hearing any leader declare that America isn’t a Christian nation . . .”
In her usual obnoxious, snarky, grating manner, Palin’s “any leader” reference was clearly directed at President Obama, who in a 2006 speech said, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation–at least not just–we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of non-believers.”
Well, I happen to be one of those Jews Obama was referring to. And until The Wasilla Wonder regrettably slithered onto the national political scene I, like many people, had this crazy notion that America is the great Melting Pot. Not a Christian nation, but a secular one with a majority of citizens who just happen to practice Christianity. Big difference. The truth is, the number of people calling themselves Christians has declined 10% over the last 15 years. And maybe this decline can be attributed to the polarizing rhetoric of good Christian folk like Palin and others before her who’ve served to turn many off to religion. Which may explain why the fastest growing group in America are the non-believers. Sarah Palin: Poster Girl for Atheism.
Someone needs to give Palin a history lesson (along with all the other lessons she needs for the myriad areas for which she is woefully ignorant) focusing on the doctrine of Separation of Church and State, which the Founding Fathers very intentionally created to keep government out of religion, and vice versa. Specifically addressed in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, government is prohibited from establishing a national religion and giving preference to one religion over another. “Our Constitution established a secular government and has no mention of Jesus, Christianity, or a god of any kind, despite the false message spread by figures such as Sarah Palin who claim that America was founded as a Christian nation,” reminds Paul Fidalgo of the Secular Coalition for America. READ FULL ARTICLE AT THIS LINK
A couple of hours ago, I replied to a comment that criticized my writing by invoking scripture, a practice that seems to be growing as right-wing Christian radicals attempt to generalize anything they don’t agree with by quoting scripture. I see it as individuals that cannot accept logic and critical thinking that are attempting to justify their positions with scripture, and while they might see their misuse of scripture as an answer to anything they don’t understand or agree with, I agree with Andy Ostroy that their religious fervor is turning people against religion and we are witnessing the birth of the American Taliban.
Religion in the United States (IMO) has taken a drastic turn, and I find it extremely unsettling that people like Glenn Beck are claiming that “God is giving me a plan,” and this idiot has a following of millions, a sign of the times that is wrecking havoc on the social and political climate throughout the nation. How can anyone decide whether or not a God exists when real Christians remain silent and allow an individual to rake in millions of dollars professing that God is guiding him while he laughs all the way to the bank? This is akin to peaceful Muslims allowing radicals to hijack their religion. The GOP seems to have spawned a crowd of individuals that justify their irrational statements as being the will of God, which to me, casts a bad light on religion in general. People like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann are effectively creating what amounts to “The American Taliban.”
I’ll listen to religious theories whenever the majority of American Christians, whom are good people, get off their duffs and loudly condemn those that are hijacking Christianity and are giving religion a bad name. LINK