Christian Zealots within the Republican Party
WRITTEN BY R. CLEVENGER, AAI NEWS TEAM
The Christian zealots, who gained control of many government seats with the Tea Party push back in 2010, are taking stands and actively impeding progress toward acceptance and tolerance across the U.S. and replacing it with biblical-based intolerance.
In my home state of Pennsylvania, there is a bill that has been brought forth by Rep. Rick Saccone, a republican from Allegheny County, that would force every public school in the state to display “In God We Trust” upon a plaque or through the display of student artwork on school property. This is an obvious attempt to propagate their religious beliefs onto young, developing minds before they reach the age of reason. Just as churches target youth and those who are vulnerable and in need, the Republicans are misusing their offices to further their religious views.
Saccone argued that “people see ‘In God We Trust’ on currency, so why not display the words in Pennsylvania schools?” The obvious answer to such an idiotic question is based in the Constitution, which quite clearly calls for the separation of religion from governmental endeavors. However, Saccone is correct in that we should not lose sight of the fact that once this bill is (hopefully) struck down, we need to refocus on removing the religious statement from our money!
The first amendment of the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Saccone’s bill would become a law that would show distinct preference toward Christianity. Some have argued that “God” in this case may not refer to the Christian god, so it is not promoting a specific religion, ignoring the fact that they would still be discriminating against any non-believers. However, if the phrase being posted in every school were changed to “Allahu Akbar”, or even contained the name “Allah,” I doubt the same argument -that the phrase means “God is great” and is not necessarily Islamic - would allay concerns of the proponents of this bill.
In another statement made by Saccone to argue his case, he states, “So they can have Harry Potter on the walls, zombies and witches on brooms but not the national motto?”. I am skeptical that Harry Potter or zombies are being placed inside schools by a governmental law. Rep. Saccone appears to have a serious problem distinguishing the difference between what he desires and what is constitutionally correct.
It also does not appear that we will have relief from the Christian right any time soon, or that the level of stupidity thereof will be slacking off. Another Republican, this one in Texas, is a Senatorial potential named David Barton. He has made a claim that is quite astounding and more befitting of someone from the dark ages than a governmental leader in the 21st century. His claim is that climate change is real and is also man-made, which sounds plausible and refreshing coming from a Republican…until you realize he believes that climate change is happening because man has angered God into a long, slow smite. He actually believes that “we opened a door that lost God’s protection over our environment and that’s our choice” by allowing abortions to take place. Barton also believes that the government should implement Biblical law. Perhaps he can’t wait until stoning someone for working on Sunday becomes not only legal, but federally mandated. Or maybe he longs to own another human being as his personal property.
However, truly nothing compares to the absolute imbecility that is Michele Bachmann. This princess of the Tea Party not only claims to be in personal contact with the divinity, but is also overjoyed to do whatever she can to bring the human race to an end in order to fulfill a prophecy of her foolish religion. In an interview on American Family Radio, a Christian-based network of radio stations, Bachmann said this about the U.S. defaulting on its debt:
“I think a debt default would be a catastrophe on an unprecedented scale, and that's exactly why I think America should do it. I have a close personal relationship with Jesus. And I have it on good authority that allowing the United States to default on its debt is part of a divine plan to bring about a Kingdom of God on Earth. The Gospel of Luke tells us that economic and political turmoil is the first sign of the end times. Before volcanoes and earthquakes consume the heavens and Earth, nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. We're only days away from paradise, I can't wait.”
Bachmann, who is clearly in need of psychiatric aid, went on to say, “Once the volcanoes vaporize all the water in the Earth's oceans, thick clouds of acid will dissolve our bodies and send our souls into the afterlife. It's going to be wonderful.”
Luckily, there is still some hope on the horizon. An organization called the Freethought Equality Fund PAC was launched by the American Humanist Association. This group has been started with the goal of electing and supporting those who represent non-believers, protecting the separation of church and state and defending the civil liberties of secular Americans.
It will obviously be a long, hard fight for non-believers to be able to be properly represented within their government. The more atheists who come out of the closet and admit publicly what they stand for, the more difficult it will be for the fanatically religious to impose their bronze-aged morality upon the rest of us.