Thoughts on July 4 (Part 1 of 2)

by Benjamin Lehman Flickr/creative commons

by Benjamin Lehman
Flickr/creative commons

Independence Day has always been a mixture of emotions for me. While I believe that America may be the world’s best hope for universal human rights and peace, its antecedent history is permanently marred, always with an asterisk, because of the geneocide that wiped out 90% of First Peoples and an economy based on slavery, the repercussions of which are damning us to this day.

When I was young, I coped with this dissonance by focusing on individual independence: that it should be a day when we each reflect our own liberation from ideas that restrain and diminish our own selves. This, I thought, let me avoid celebrating the glorification of colonization, violent like all attempts of colonization.

The whitewashing of our own history continues to this very day. White, fear-mongering men led and lead the charge to fight change, deny science and human rights, to fight their dwindling power, to fight the natural evolution of reconciliation and healing, and to fight all efforts in rightly blending and balancing the best of socialism and the best of capitalism.

Since World War 2, the religious right as been the poisoned tip of the spear gutting our democracy, the subject of my month-long series exposing the unique American fundamentalism that drives this loud minority. I’ve delved into the largest cult bolstering these non-patriots, the highly secretive organization called The Family (aka The Fellowship). The Family has successfully infiltrated our government to pursue their underlying political and religious philosophy of Dominionism that calls for nothing short of the end of democracy and the ascendancy of (their version of) god’s law.

Janis Ian, Singer and Songwriter, 2006 Flickr/creative commons

Janis Ian, Singer and Songwriter, 2006
Flickr/creative commons

Singer-songwriter Janis Ian, today on Facebook, examined some of the historic entrails that document the opposing power of the religious right and how it threatens the democracy we try each July 4 to celebrate. (Summarized and condensed below.)

  • The original U.S. Constitution had only one reference to religion (Article 6): “No religious test shall ever be required.”
  • 174 years later, in 1956, a christian-led Congress changed our de facto motto, “E. Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many, One) to “In God We Trust.”
  • 62 years after a Baptist minister in 1892 wrote the Pledge of Allegiance, a christian-led Congress added the words, “Under God.”
  • Paper currency in this country began in 1861, and 96 years later a christian-led Congress in 1957, added the words, “In God We Trust.”

Ian’s broadside notes the effects of fear of communism, the so-called “Red Scare,” that drove many of these changes in the 50s, but “in a time when fear is traded like a commodity, and the word, socialism, is being used to create the same fear as the old word, communism, let’s remember that our country was not founded on fear. No, our nation was founded out of hope for a better world where all people were equal — that we were one from many.

“Let’s not let fear change our nation’s great tradition and direction again.”

We see the effects of allowing the religious right free reign to reshape our country by bringing about what only can be called “christian sharia.” We can, and should do something about it now, before the 2016 elections.

Contact me if you want to get involved in a campaign to force these lawmakers and judges who are members of The Family to resign en masse because the allegiance to this religious cult aimed at destroying America conflicts, supersedes, and nullifies all of their oaths of office.

Click here for more, and please don’t forget to register and vote. We can’t allow the religious right minority become a majority.


Thoughts on July 4 (Part 2 of 2)



Alison Gardner