Friday, January 4, 2013

"Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man." Thomas Paine

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There is no war against Christians or Christianity. 

Morning "news" show hosts and the so-called Christian leaders in this country need to give it a rest. Or at least, they should STOP presuming to speak for any other person who calls themselves a Christian.

In addition, if they really want to be perceived by the world as Christians, they need to stick with the New Testament--preferably the Gospels and maybe the Acts of the Apostles. You know, the parts that actually involved what Christ said and did? 

OK, my gentle snowflakes, I will climb down off my soap box now.

Remember when we all studied our history? We learned that this nation's first European settlers came here to escape religious persecution. I say it again, escape persecution.

Because of that, the Founders of this nation made sure that our Constitution prohibited the formation of a NATIONAL religion. In the First Amendment. The FIRST AMENDMENT. First.

So, by our founding document, this cannot be declared a "Christian" nation. " Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." In the First Amendment. The FIRST AMENDMENT. First.

You can practice all the Christianity you want, in any way you want--from going to church only on Easter Sunday or Christmas Day, up to and including handling snakes every week and speaking in tongues.

But your Buddhist neighbor has exactly the same right to practice Buddhism. According to the founding document of this nation, you may not force upon her, your Christianity. The same goes for the sikh or the atheist next door.

However, for some people, "religious freedom" is really indistinguishable from the "freedom to impose MY religion on others." Nope. Wrong. Remember that whole "make no law respecting an establishment of religion" thing-y?

And, think about it, Jesus loved sinners. It was hypocrites he couldn't stand. Remember, the only time he descended into violence was at the hypocrisy being practiced at the temple.

I mean it. Really.




2 comments:

  1. Very well said. Thank you.

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  2. This is a very good post. I am so glad that I came across it. Very well written, keep up the good work!

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