Letter to the Editor: On the State Religion

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A state religion is a religion that is officially endorsed by the government and often has laws derived from the beliefs of a single religion (theocracy). Examples of such nations are Iran (Shia Islam), Saudi Arabia (Sunni Islam), the Russian Federation (Russian Orthodox), and now, thanks to the GOP, the United States (fundamentalist Christian, predominantly Evangelical) . Of course, that’s not supposed to be possible in America….

“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of any religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” – United States Constitution, 1789

Let’s first recognize that the highly organized effort to ban abortion in the United States is entirely and without a doubt a religious crusade. All constitutional, ethical, moral, common sense, medical, scientific, philosophical, social, economic, environmental and patriotic arguments clearly support the human rights to self-determination, bodily autonomy, religious freedom, to privacy, reproductive freedom and free choice. All. And the religiously extreme, dangerous and completely illogical notion that PEOPLE with civil rights and legal status are created at the time of conception, is not supported by anything (except the ancient decrees of a foreign church). But that didn’t stop religious radicals in the nation’s highest court from setting fire to the Constitution.

People also read…

“As the government of the United States of America is in no way founded upon the Christian religion…” – Article 11, Treaty of Tripoli, 1797

Whether it’s granting your civil right of religious freedom to corporations (evangelical-owned ones anyway), forcing taxpayers to fund religious “education”, allowing a paid public servant by taxpayers at a public event to indoctrinate public school children with his personal religious beliefs, to allow businesses owned by evangelicals (and pharmacists, doctors and nurses…) to discriminate against whomever they want, to refuse now to protect the constitutional religious liberty, privacy, and bodily autonomy of American women (and men), this Supreme Court succeeded not only in trampling on the separation of church and state clearly enunciated by the Founding Fathers and the Constitution itself, but also to demolish any semblance of integrity or impartiality in its proceedings. And any claim to “originalism” is just a bad joke. No wonder the Supreme Court now enjoys the lowest level of public trust ever.

“Building the ‘wall of separation between church and state’…is absolutely essential in a free society.” — Thomas Jefferson on the Establishment Clause, 1802

The greatest irony, of course, is that the radicals who oppress our religious freedom claim that it is all in the cause of their religious freedom. It shows such a deep misunderstanding of freedom that it makes them unfit for public office. This is not conservatism and it is the complete opposite of libertarianism.

And they’re just getting started. Do you want to be subject to laws limiting how you can worship God, telling you when and how you can have sex and with whom, defining who you can marry, making wives – and many more – second-class citizens? Still?? Vote for a Republican. They don’t have a platform, but they certainly have an agenda.

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