Religion in the public square always turns into a debate about morals and values. It has been the deciding factor on so many things, especially today — It (religion) is now effecting our elections and who we will vote into office.
The religious morals and values that are constantly being debated, and those which the majority are stacked up against is the morality laid down by the populous ‘Christian’ sector. The religion, which our nation evidently professes and claims to be ‘The Right one – The God Chosen one – The Absolute’ of them all. And, I find this absolutely repulsive to say the very least.
Our founding fathers made it very clear that we should not have a state sponsored religion and this is the reason for the First Amendment – the wall of separation of church and state. And, I will have to go further by saying, “Even if they did, I don’t know what would have given them the right.” For, one very important reason the Bible, the Koran etc. are all up for self-interpretation and meaning.
I was amazed, as I listened in at the debate which took place at The Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, National Discussion and Debate Series: Religion in The Public Forum, March 6, 2008.
President John F. Kennedy was the first to be sworn in as a practicing Catholic. Until then, the previous presidents were Protestants. Comparing this of today, Kennedy was almost like the Muslim. Stay with me on this.
How? Before he took office the late President Kennedy had to swear that ‘he would not be beholding to the Vatican’. Meaning, he wouldn’t allow his religious beliefs to get in the way of how he ran this country, nor the decisions that he made. President Kennedy, had to ensure the people that he would not let the Vatican’s policies nor his ideals creep in.
PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic (inaudible) would tell the president, should he be Catholic, how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote.
I guess sort of like our President George Bush of today (I’m being sarcastic as I say this). Where he has gone to consult religious counsel. Or, rather should I say, that he receives great support from the religious right, and shares with the nation openly and publicly about his faith. Why is this okay, because he is a christian. The religion which someone and somehow has been voted and casted as the right one.
Not only is this unconstitutional, but it doesn’t make a leveled playing field. It continues to say, that the only right or correct choice of religion is Christianity. When, a devout Christian is running for office there is really no scrutiny involved. Nothing is really questioned about their religion. It’s only when a person hoping for election professes to be a part of a different religion or denomination.
And, personally I become rather scared when someone starts to tell me how much of a Christian they really are. Let’s see in the name of God and on the behalf of Jesus – Christians have bombed abortion clinics, terrorized workers, killed doctors and physicians who performed abortions, plus they’ve blown up those who’ve had the constitutional right to picket in the lines for the women(s) right to choose.
I can’t stop there. In the name of God and on the behalf of Jesus, the funerals of our servicemen and women have been picketed by these wonderful Christians, because they have fought for the rights of the LGBT Community, homosexuals. It’s a sad day, in our nation when incidents like this take place and when the funeral of the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King had her funeral picketed by ‘Christians’ for the same very reasons.
And, the horrendous acts that have been carried out from our Christian Presidents — slavery, oppression of women, racial divide, wars, genocide — do I need to go on?
So, maybe we had better start interrogating all candidates when they stand up and proudly affirm, they are Christians — instead of Catholics, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, or even Atheists. Because, there is one thing I can say though, “I have never witnessed seen or heard an Atheist stand proudly and say, that the reason the bombings or mass killings just took place was in the name of their Atheism.”
Or we could just simply do this, what the First Amendment reads, ‘Separate Church and State.’
The debate was deep, however there was one was comment, that resonated with me and I agree wholeheartedly with Jacque Berlinerblau, one of the debaters “There is no Religious Freedom without The Freedom from Religion, they go hand in glove.”
And, if one truly believes the scriptures in the Bible then you well know, that God the energy the spirit will not force him or her self on anyone. It is left up to us to choose.
To give a listen to this debate Religion in The Public Square – Religion Has No Place in Politics