One of the greatest dangers facing the United States is the Christian religion. Now, before you shake your head, and think that I may have lost my mind, let me offer you some facts.
The Christian religious right is neither ‘Christian’ nor ‘right.’ It is a lobby which fails to believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ. It promotes hatred and violence. It is judgmental, and seeks greater control of our nation’s government. Republicans violate the first amendment by allowing Christian leaders influence over the decisions regarding legislation.
The Christian religious right is the force behind the murder of doctors and nurses who perform abortions. It is the reason why our nation is divided between Americans who cherish the Constitution, and those who pretend to be religious while judging their fellow man. They attempt to force their beliefs on men and women like myself who disagree with their extreme views. While faux-Christians condemn abortion and same-sex marriage, I believe that a woman is the only person with the right to make a choice about what happens to her body, and sexual orientation is not a valid or Constitutional reason to deny equal rights to all Americans.
I reject organized religion; believing that they are cults. I refuse to allow another man or woman to tell me how to live my life.
I am not alone; more than 65 million Americans believe that religion has no place in their lives. We share the same beliefs as our founding fathers.
The first amendment needs no interpretation.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Our founding fathers considered the first amendment the most important part of the Constitution. It guarantees the right of free speech, including the right to vote. It protects all Americans right to know what the government is doing by establishing the ‘fourth estate.’ It prevents all levels of government from forcefully removing peaceful protesters when they have complaints against their elected officials. Most importantly, it guarantees that all Americans have the right to practice the religion of their choice, but prevents the establishment of a national religion.
The latter addresses the reason for leaving their native land, and reveals their relationship to religion.
When the King of England declared that the Anglican faith would be the religion of all of its nation’s citizens, a large number of wealthy and influential men decided to leave the land of their birth and establish a new nation founded upon individual freedom and the guarantee of certain ‘inalienable rights.’
Only a handful of our founding fathers were religious, and only a couple of those were Christians. The majority of our new nation’s leaders, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Monroe, John Adams, and others, were ‘deists.’ They believed that some supernatural being created the earth and the heavens, but that he or she may no longer exist. If a supreme being did exist, he or she was not concerned with the daily lives of humans, and did not maintain personal contact with them.
This was vital; no religion was to be in control of our government. This is why Republicans and the Christian religious right are in violation of the first amendment.
Throughout recorded history, two religions are guilty of more violent and horrific injury and death than any other. Christians and Muslims have engaged in warfare for centuries. When mankind discusses world peace, it will never be achieved until religious tolerance is the norm. This was also important to the leaders of our new nation, and the reason they guaranteed the right of all men and women to choose the religion of their choice, or none at all.
The next time you listen to an uneducated individual claim that America is a Christian nation, and that our founding fathers intended it to be such, look them in the eyes and tell them that ‘they don’t know what they are talking about.’
I do not want any religion to control my life, and if Christian leaders are allowed to engage in politics, their churches must be taxed. But that’s a whole other story.
By James Turnage
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