Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
|CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION|
The Ol’Buzzards rant on religion.
Most liberal thinkers are appalled at the extreme rhetoric coming from the Republican candidates – but let’s send the chicken home to roost. These extreme social views are not the product of Republicanism; but are the direct doctrines of religion. Religion, for millenniums, has taken a pass on its responsibility for the bigotry, ignorance and violence that has exist in the world, and still exist to this day.
The early Greek’s brought us philosophy, science, government, colleges and courts of law. The Roman’s brought us modern roads, infrastructure, cities and law. The consolidation of the Christian Church during the sixth century brought us a thousand years of dark ages: a time when knowledge was restricted, science was considered heresy and The Church established theological dogmatism as law via the inquisition.
During the 17th century The Church gradually lost is strangle hold on
Europe, due mainly to the
invention of the printing press and the back to back plagues that spread across
the Christendom. But as late as 1600 Giordano Bruno was burned
at the stake (bound, his tongue in a gag) by the Catholic Church for publishing
the Copernicus theory that the sun was the center of the universe. In 1633 Galileo was threatened with torture
and death on the stake, forcing him to recant his findings of a sun centered
universe. It wasn’t until 1820 that the
Papal Inquisition was dismantled; and 1822 that The Church finally acknowledged
the sun, and not the earth, was the center of our universe.
Even today religion opposes science, knowledge, free thinking and free inquiry at every turn. It indoctrinates its followers from childhood with fanciful stories and the promise of life after death. It is the source of bigotry against other religions, gays, women, atheist and individualism; and it is the driving force that underlies most wars and genocides.
Today, in the
, religion brings us: United States
The assassination of abortion doctors
Hatred of the Moslems
The fear and condemnation of gays
Vilification of women seeking abortions
A drive to control women’s sexuality
Attempted restrictions on everyone’s sexual freedom
A drive to legally control the bodies of women
Legislation of religious ignorance in schools in place of science
Attempted censorship and restriction of books, movies and tapes
An attempt to legislate zygotes as
And a concerted drive to transpose the
into a Christian
Theocracy and establish a Christian version of Sharia Law. United States
And the list goes on ad-nauseam; anywhere you find bigotry, racism, sexism, female-phobia, intolerance and ignorance you will find an undercurrent of religious dogmatism driving the army of the righteous.
I have no qualm with people attending churches, and people choosing to believe in gods (or goddesses.) I don’t even have a problem with Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking at my door (I am polite to them, but don’t let them in.) I do have a problem when self proclaimed holies strive to legislate their religious cant as the law of the land. I object to “IN GOD WE TRUST” on our money; and prayers - and swearing SO HELP ME GOD at government functions. I object to religion and religious doctrine being taught in public schools.
Religion belongs in the homes and in the churches for those wishing to partake; but not in our government and not in my face.
The only downside to being an atheist is there is no one to yell to when I have an orgasm.