The recent attempt by
to pass a law
allowing citizens and businesses to refuse public services to gay Americans on
religious grounds was vetoed by the Governor.
All should realize that this was not a policy of Republicans in general, but was wholly driven by the Fundamentalist Christian Religions. Politicians have parroted this bigoted rhetoric to garner support from Christian Fundamentalist – including the Catholic Church.
Had this law gone into effect it could have yielded resulted beyond effecting just the Gay community: it would have return the state of Arizona to the days of Jim Crow where people with religious objections could refuse service to a mixed race couples, women who have had abortions, doctors that have performed abortions, atheist, non-Christians etc. It would have been possible for an
hotel to refuse
President Obama and his children accommodation on the religious grounds that
they are the products of miscegenation.
We have a glimpse of a future under a Christian theocracy: Abortion would be criminalized, birth control would be banned, homosexuality would be criminalized, books, movies and music would be censored and racial taboos would be enforced. You would not find a great difference between a Christian theocracy and the Muslim Taliban.
Our only protection against the religious right’s drive to establish
as a Christian Nation is
Article One of the Constitution. America
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridge 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.
To paraphrase George Carlin: The Christians are coming and they are not very nice people.
Our separation of church and state is meant to protect us from the fanaticism of religions; but systematically the Christian religion in
has been chipping away at
our guaranteed freedom from religious domination. We have In
God We Trust on our money; prayers open most public meetings; there is a
Congressional Chaplin; zealots post the Ten Commandments in public buildings;
public officials constantly reference God’s Law over Civil Law; and let’s not
forget that most bigotry and hatred grows from the roots of religion. America
It is a form of bigotry to speak out against religions; and I have stated before that individuals have a right to their personal beliefs.
The insidious way that religion (Christian religion) functions in our country endangers our individual freedom, and as such should be confronted and condemned at each attempt to impose Christian doctrine as the law of the land.
We should not rail against Republican bias on social issues; but address the fact that Republicans are only the spokesmen for the Christian Religious Right; and that it is the Christian religion, not a political party, that is attempting to enforce draconian rule.