The idea of religious freedom was conceived as a shield protecting against government overreach when it comes to religious matters. All Americans, be they Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, and so on, should have the freedom to practice their faith or worldview free from burdensome government regulation or required participation; faith and other individual thoughts are private waters that government shall not wade in except in extreme circumstances. Religious freedom by its nature must include freedom FROM religion to maintain its integrity as a concept. We see efforts by Religious Right groups and the US Catholic bishops to take ...Read More›
"It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it."That quote is from 1981, and its prescience comes from an unlikely source: evangelical superstar Billy Graham. No one was or is more embedded in the religious fundamentalist culture, but even he foresaw the coming perversion of religious-based politics. Through this summer, I have been equating the religious right with the GOP because every Republican elected and appointed official has by now been completely co-opted by their science-denying, punishing, and harmful agenda. ... Read More›
"[G]ay rights issue has reached an unprecedented 'level of intensity' and put the country on the brink of conflict . . . Talk about a Civil War, we could have another one over this.
. . . If the Supreme Court strikes down the state bans and states across the country fail to convene “a state constitutional convention to re-examine the Constitution . . . we’re going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two.”Part 1, yesterday, I posed the question, ... Read More›
You don't need a degree in psychology to dissect the blatant immaturity of the political religious right. If we can separate for a moment the social damage they do, we can see, much like a parent would see, that their insufferability is a child's call for help. As a group, they remind me of the first time Dan Massey and I left our then 2-year old son with friends of ours who had come over for some reciprocal date night babysitting. The minute we returned, our little boy went to several different electrical outlets, just pointing, as if to say, ...Read More›
I will be continuing in this space to demonstrate how American Dominionism -- a political and religious philosophy calling for the end of rule of law and replacing it with (their skewed version of) "god's law" -- is poisoning our democracy with a total disregard for the separation of church and state. Today, I would like you, if you haven't already, to become familiar with and support the great work being done by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (au.org). Their website is a must-read for anyone who cares how our democracy is being ...Read More›