Monthly Archives: March 2008

An Amendment to Repeal Any Discussion of Religion in Politics

I must say great minds do think alike.  This is the very thought I had just pondered the other day.  Therefore, I do not find this proposal for an Amendment 28 the least bit outlandish.  Now, I can’t necessarily agree with each item, that was put forth.  Like shipping those candidates in direct violation of — off to France — not the best idea in the world to me, but I get the meaning.  

And, it makes me revel with joy even in the remotest of possibilities, that we could have an issuance of a 28th Amendment, to ban all further discussion of religion in our political campaigns, forums and arenas.  Especially in our presidential debates.

At this time, I’m not sure which I’ve grown the most tiresome of ? 

The candidates pledging their allegiances to their religion God & Jesus.  Or the pastors vehemently spewing their venom on who they’re endorsing, so in return we should thereby vote for them, which is solely based on the Bible scriptures [their interpretation].  Everyone of us should have grown weary by now – just from listening. 

What if The 28th Amendment, read:

Section 1. The right of presidential aspirants to discuss religion, invoke sacred texts, or mention God on the campaign trail is hereby repealed.

Section 2. Whenever a religious figure endorses any candidate for the presidency that candidate must reject aforesaid endorsement.

Section 3. The Congress shall have power to have the offending religious figure immediately deported to France.

Sally Quinn & Jacque Berlinerblau on Race and Religion in Politics – How about a 28Th Amendment? (video)

Bringing religion into politics is a recipe for disaster, hasn’t it been proved?  There are too many denominations and each declare, that theirs is the absolute truth the one we all should model. 

This weekend I tuned into ‘Nightline’.  There was a segment on Atheists/Atheism –yeah yeah, I hear you booing.  I found it fascinating, that on Sunday mornings they hold not only church services, but Sunday School.  Granted their teaching is absent of there is a God or a Jesus.  Yet, the very ideals being taught and the very doctrine which they follow is in the absolute realm of the love & spirit of Jesus/God.  And, to witness this service even if it was only by way of television – I felt the spirit of who they profess not to believe in, which is their right.

Here is an ‘Atheist Prayer’ I’d like to share with you, keep an open mind: 

Let us remember our brotherhood with others as we hear this prayer,
which is addressed to us, rather than to our Gods

Let us rise each morning and strive each day to do only that which brings happiness and joy to others, an avoid doing things that cause others hurt and pain,

Let us use our minds and our reason to force a behavior, based on the mutuality of reciprocity inherent in human relationship,

Let us always respect the dignity and worth of each other,

And, above all else – love one another not to obtain rewards for ourselves now, or for the hereafter to avoid punishment 

But, rather to always bring each other contentment and peace.

If I had a choice I’d prefer for my president or any of the presidential hopefuls to operate off the premise of this atheist prayer, than to adhere to any scripture in the Bible, that gives them a belief, that war is okay.  So, let’s go bomb them even if we have to stay there 100 years.

Listen in on BlogTalkRadio/LibertyTalkRadio – The Separation of Church and State,
Host: Joe Cristiano

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Questions to ask Candidates on separation of church and state

Thanks!  First Freedom First.  I felt this was of the utmost importance, seeing as in one of our 2007 Presidential Debates the candidates were asked, “What is your favorite Bible Scripture?”  Duh, I mean really who cares. 

Here are suggested questions that you can use at Town Hall meetings or other locations where candidates for office will be gathering.

  1. Leaders on the religious right often say that America is a “Christian Nation.” Do you agree with this statement?
  2. Do you think Houses of Worship should be allowed to endorse political candidates and retain their tax exempt status?
  3. Do you think public schools should sponsor school prayer or, as a parent, should this choice be left to me?
  4. Would you support a law that mandates teaching creationism in my child’s public school science classes?
  5. Do you think my pharmacist should be allowed to deny me doctor-prescribed medications based on his or her religious beliefs?
  6. Will you respect the rights of those in our diverse communities of faith who deem same-gender marriage to be consistent with their religious creed?
  7. Should “faith-based” charities that receive public funds be allowed to discriminate against employees or applicants based on religious beliefs?
  8. Do you think one’s right to disbelieve in God is protected by the same laws that protect someone else’s right to believe?
  9. Do you think everyone’s religious freedom needs to be protected by what Thomas Jefferson called “a wall of separation” between church and state?
  10. What should guide our policies on public health and medical research: science or religion?

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What happened to the Wall of Separation of Church and State

I keep asking myself this question, yet I find myself wondering did it ever truly exist?  My concern for truth has been birthed, from the fall out of presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s choice of spiritual leadership — Rev. Jeremiah Wright. 

The United States Constitution clearly reads, as found in The First Amendment:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the Free exercise, thereof…”

[note to self] That’s a pretty powerful statement, thereof — 

Even for a person such as myself recalling when I was only an adolescent growing up, questioning the teachings of religion and its organizational structure.  Religion and the Bible scriptures was used to elevate slavery, a racial divide of the races, oppression of women and wars solely for the sake of ethnic cleansing. 

This advancement was not only from the secular/or society, but from key political figures in office.  So, yes I find the wording of the First Amendment not only powerful, but very self explanatory. 
‘In essence, keep it out, keep it separated – Church and State’.

Something else really threw me for a loop and I don’t have one iota of a problem with is The Constitution states nothing about The United States being officially ‘Christian’.  It’s a secular document containing no references to ‘God, Jesus or Christianity’.

Now how powerful is that — very!  At least it is to me. 

Why are we spending so much time arguing and debating whether or not Senator Barack Obama is a practicing Muslim?  Or, what might have been a loss for this country if Mitt Romney, a practicing Mormon would have been voted into presidency?  This type of conversation, stemming from a prejudiced and biased mindset really makes me want to spit. 

It’s an outrage when those in office operating off the premise of The First Amendment of our Constitution penalize their peers and constituents, that do not embrace the practice or religious beliefs of what is supposedly ‘Christian’. 

[note to self] using the word Christian very loosely.

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