Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Separation of Church and State

I don’t even know where to start on this one. I should probably start by saying that I am a proud American. A really good rendition of our National Anthem can bring me to tears. I am in awe of those who fought for the freedoms we have today and allow me to vent on my blog. We have a great country that others want to illegally enter because of the promise this country makes. Anyone who works for a great life can have one here. On my Facebook page, one of my friends posted the following:  “We should flood fb with this!!!! I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: One Nation under GOD, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. REPOST IF YOU THINK OUR COUNTRY, OUR FLAG & GOD DESERVE RESPECT! Let's see how many Americans will repost.”

I take offense at this because I am an American, but I will vehemently defend the separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, both founding fathers and presidents, advocated for that very thing. Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and Madison was the main writer of our Bill of Rights. Are we to think they would be happy with the way religion is constantly used to invoke patriotic pride or used for making laws? I think not.

Issues that have been affected by religion include abortion, gay marriage, and the Pledge of Allegiance. Now even our teaching platform is being affected with the recent Texas Board of Ed decisions to use conservative wording, teach more about conservative views and completely dismiss the use of the word slavery. Instead they want to use the words slave trade. That is an act. Slavery is a human experience. In order to not repeat history, you must acknowledge it first. I suppose that next they will say the Holocaust never happened.

Shame on the religious zealots who want to infuse our government with religious leadings! The history of civilization is plastered with wars, genocides, and atrocities all in the name of God. We are supposed to have a government that is free of religious influence. I think we have failed in that attempt. Our fore fathers have to be rolling over in their graves.

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