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Religion Vs American Politics

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Guest Ed   
Guest Ed

One of the prime foundations underpinning the American constitution has been the specific and very deliberate separation of church and state. The founding fathers knew more than 300 years ago that religious fundamentalism (Puritanism, Evangelism, Zionism, Jihadism etc.) was both dangerous and devisive and should not be allowed to infest the important work of running the country with spurious religious dogma.

 

Recently this crucial constitutional control has been abandoned, with fatal results for hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the world (I include a thousand or so American troops).

 

Taken seriously these old myths and legends (christianity, muslim et al) provide unarguable dogmatic motivation for the naive zealots who believe in them. Many evangelicals now truly believe they are currently in a holy war from which only they and their 'enlightened' friends will be saved.

 

It is this fanatic christian idealism, coupled with almost facist levels of nationalism post 9/11 that has allowed a majority of the American public to turn their gaze away from the killing of tens of thousands of innocent muslims across the middle east at the hands of their armed forces.

 

I use the phrase 'innocent muslims' deliberately. I know it is impossible for an evangelical Christian to understand that there could be such a thing as an 'innocent muslim' as evangelical doctrine dictates all non-christians are sinners and so can never be truly innocent.

 

But the truth is most of the people killed by American troops over the past year were wholely innocent. Many were women and children, most were men with no connection to any terrorist group, just in the wrong place (Iraq) at the wrong time (now). In the end they were guilty only of having skin the wrong tone, allowing stupid racist americans (blacks too) to link Saddam with 9/11 (this was also abley assisted by their lying president)

 

'The End is Nigh' may well be true, for only poor Iraqis. But then why would you care about that, after all they're not American, they're not even christian for that matter, so who cares? Certainly not your average American.

 

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Guest B.D.   
Guest B.D.

Powerfully said. Of course Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, the Bush administration (primarily at the behest of **inappropriate material** Cheney) easily confused a lot of their supporters (many of whom are born again, sounds painful for their moms!) into thinking that they did. And you are right, for many Americans, an Arab is an Arab.

 

I was talking to a guy of Palestinian heritage at the moment the second plane hit the Towers. We were a couple of miles from the pentagon and saw it live on TV.

 

I made an innocent comment (that it might be a good idea to keep his keys in his pocket since the fob on his keychain had Arabic writing on it) and he rightly responded that as an American, I simply jumped to the conclusion that this obviously terrorist act had been perpetrated by an Arab Muslim.

 

He then cited Oklahoma City, when many jumped to the same conclusion, until we realized it was in fact a white, Christian American who had done this horrific deed.

 

Obviously, no one condemed all white Christian males simply because of what McVey did!

 

The Bush people played on racist stereotypes to start a war of their choice. Whether it was to secure the oil fields or because Saddam had tried to assassinate Bush's dad is not important.

 

They lied about an imminent threat to America from Iraq's WMD to garner support. Very few can believe that they didn't fudge the intelligence on this (the CIA headquarters is called the George Bush Center For Inteeligence!)

 

We have two wars going on, one of which is NOT a defensive action like every American military involvement is supposed to be. Over 1100 Americans killed in Action, probably ten times that many seriously wounded. Good American jobs disappearing, a president (the first in American history to enter the office with a criminal record!) who stole at least one and probably two elections after wearing a wire to all three debates this year, and who motivated his supporters by selling them on a constitutional non-issue (just like flag burning and abortion) on being against gay marriage.

 

Democracy is overrated, at least for a people who put more thought into who they vote for on American Idol than they do on who they vote for for the PRESIDENT!

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Guest Toby Saunders   
Guest Toby Saunders

The Tea Party is OBVIOUSLY a Theocratic movement. It opposes women's reproductive rights in the name of fundamentalist Christianity... it's leaders don't believe evolution is true, although there is as much evidence for evolution as there is evidence for the heliocentric theory the solar system (Earth revolves around Sun).

 

The Tea Party wants the US to repeal the First Amendment to the Constitution in an effort to make the US more like the Middle East: a small wealthy, ruling class & a large working class which lives in poverty... they don't say explicitly that's the goal because they're too politically saavy. The Tea Party is, literally, psychopathic in terms of the suffering its policies would cause to the US.

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Guest American4Progress   
Guest American4Progress

A "nasty rift" emerged at last year's CPAC when the pro-gay Republican group GOProud became "a participating organization" at the event. Prominent conservative organizations such as the Family Research Council, Heritage Foundation and Concerned Women for America boycotted the conference because of it. The far-right American Principles Project instigated a growing boycott of CPAC last November when it heard that GOProud would be joining CPAC again in 2011. The Family Research Council and the Concerned Women for America followed suit. But tension on gay rights goes far beyond the world of CPAC. When the Wyoming state Senate agreed to consider a bill passed by the House that would void out-of-state same-sex marriages and civil unions, Republican state Senator Cale Case demanded that his colleagues "kill this bill...right now." Case was aghast that Wyoming would even consider telling Wyoming visitors that "you're magically not together anymore" and refuses to turn people "into second class citizens." Meanwhile, on the national level, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has avoided overtly endorsing a fringe Republican effort to rescind the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell -- which received bipartisan support last year -- stating that he would wait to see what the House Armed Services Committee recommended before pushing for a vote. The GOP is facing a dilemma as polls show that growing numbers of Americans support LGBT rights and Christian conservatives continue to warn that the GOP could lose its base by endorsing same-sex marriage or taking other pro-gay-rights stands. A number of prominent Republicans have come out in support of same-sex marriage, including Ted Olson, Meghan McCain, Ken Mehlman, Steve Schmidt, Dierdre Scozzafava, President Bush's daughter Barbara, former first lady Laura Bush, and Dick Cheney. However, these voices by no means represent the GOP's position on the issue. The Texas GOP party platform actively seeks to criminalize same sex marriage and ban sodomy, reasoning that homosexuality "tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit and leads to the spread of dangerous comm unicable diseases." Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has argued that employers should discriminate against gay and lesbian people because "they wear their sexuality on their sleeve" and referred to same sex marriage as an "experiment in social engineering" and compared gay people to unicorns and leprechauns.

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Guest HUMAN   
Guest HUMAN

The Religion of Unions.

 

The unions who will stop at nothing including using kids "whom they are supposed to teach" as pawns in their own financial disputes.

 

Intimidation of the law makers and there families. It's a LINE the Unions should have NEVER crossed.

 

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Guest Faded Glory   
Guest Faded Glory

I do not condone violence. These young people get all hell bent without thinking and actually make matters worse. What lawmakers did they use scare tactics this time. You would think that they would have learned from the Arizona tragedy.

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