If you have read anything I have written in the past more than once, you are likely aware that I do not believe in organized religion. I do not believe that humans have the need to be taught how to live a spiritual life by another man. All religions are cults, and therefore religious extremists are a danger to themselves and others.
I am not alone. Nearly 70 million Americans shun organized religion, and many of them are atheists or agnostics. Christianity is failing to inspire younger Americans to join their religions, while atheism and the religion of Islam are growing.
Like our founding fathers, I consider the first amendment the most important part of the most important document ever written by man. Our most important rights are all there in a single sentence, and these rights are a guide to living a good and fulfilling life.
One of these rights is the freedom to practice an individual’s choice of religion; or none at all. It also forbids the establishment of a single religion as the ‘religion of our nation.’
I believe two things; religion is based on fantasy, and religious extremism is the greatest danger to the world.
Muslims and Christians have sects which profess extremist ideas, and fail to follow the teachings of Muhammad or Jesus Christ. They have modified parts of the Quran and the Bible to satisfy their own distorted beliefs. Sadly, America has suffered from attacks by both Muslim and Christian terrorists who have their own agendas; they are not serving their gods.
Thursday the focus was on the testimony of James Comey. Ignored were two important events occurring in Washington at the same time.
House Republicans passed legislation which would repeal nearly every regulation placed on the banking industry after the great recession of 2008.
The other event began the day before. Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee for Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, (OMB), began to undergo confirmation hearings. Appearing before the Senate Budget Committee, he was grilled by Senator Bernie Sanders.
Sanders’ primary objection was Vought’s support of an incident at Wheaton College last year. He made several statements justifying the College’s suspension of Larycia Hawkins. Ms. Hawkins was a professor at Wheaton; is a Christian; but wore a hijab to class in support of her Muslim sisters after Trump’s tirade aimed at the entire religion. Ms. Hawkins later posted on Facebook that “we all worship the same God.”
Wheaton and Vought did not see it that way; the following is one of Vought’s extremist statements.
“Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology, they do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.”
I always find it interesting when religious fanatics claim that they know what God believes and assume they have the right to judge others.
I believe that the story of Jesus Christ could be a retelling of the Egyptian God ‘Horus;’ born more than 300 years before Christ. Admittedly there is not enough evidence to prove it true or false, but it remains interesting. His mother was the virgin Meri; he was born in a cave; Horus went through a ‘rite of passage’ at the age of twelve. There are other ‘similarities;’ I will attach one of the articles I found if you are interested.
Vought is judgmental, filled with hate, and is sanctimonious. This is not what Jesus Christ taught on this earth. Religious extremists do not belong in our government or in control of an entire party.
Support the first amendment and deny those who would abolish it their influence into our nation’s governing bodies.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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