Perverting the Concept of Religious Freedom
For hundreds of years, Europe was racked with horrendous attempts at
thought control by priests who had no compunction about inflicting
torture and murder upon a populace whose beliefs they were obsessed with
enchaining. This devolved to a level of gendercide which led to the
extermination of all women in some villages, and to devastating
religious wars. Cognizant of the devastation caused by religiosity, our
founders wrote into our prime governing documents the requirement of
separation of church and state. The government was to have no control
over who believed what or what belief system prevailed.
Remarkably, Ted Cruz and associates are attempting to use the
constitutional guarantee of religious freedom to force their beliefs on
others. Under the guise of protecting religious freedom, he is assuring
his followers that he will ensure that the freedom he protects is to
entrench the beliefs that follow his own concisely. This is exactly what
our Founders worked to prevent by writing religious freedom into the
Religions have done more damage and more evil than any other construct,
and yet most people need religion in order to deal with the challenges
of mortality and morality. Jane Goodall records an incident in which a
chimpanzee infant was murdered in its mother’s arms. After knowing that
her infant was killed despite her efforts to prevent that, she looked up
at the sky. Possibly, even animals need to feel a higher power in the
face of grief and injustice.
Nonetheless, government and religion must be kept separate in order to
keep the truths that “We hold…to be self-evident” free from egregious
corruption. We’ve seen an epidemic of priests who are charged with
the well being of children attack them in the most horrible ways, and those
responsible for preventing that simply enabling it.
Those who feel that religious people are good regardless of the religion
enable vicious sociopaths such as Jim Jones who led 900 followers into
the jungle where he murdered them, men, women, children, and babies
[this has been called suicide, but it’s not suicide when someone has the
choice of drinking poison or being shot].
The remarkable cultures of the Aztecs and Mayans devolved to quagmires
of murder and torture as did Spain during the years of their
inquisition. In our own time, Afghanistan sank from an enlightened
culture to a country that enslaves half of their population, and being
female means a life of imprisonment.
In America, people who call themselves “pro-life” support policies that
are anything but that. A number of atavistic “Christian” sects thrust
forward concepts that are contrary to everything Jesus preached, and
they attempt at every chance to turn those ideas into law.
If we are to remain the strongest country on earth, we must ensure that
we don’t allow extremists to set our course using their view of God to
force their misguided concepts on the entire populace and into our law.
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