"But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. " -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
All the Presidential candidate talk underway in the media and blogland has me feeling ill and even a little frightened to be a female American. Religion seems to be smattered all over every candidate and both parties.
Is America a democracy or a theocracy? Do we even know any more?
I am getting odd emails from random people telling me how Obama is an Islamic terrorist. Others quote Huckabee as the second coming of Christ. And still others are making Hillary Clinton into Jezebel (recall her husband is a bit of a â€˜ho. Surely she must be one too? At least by injection?)
It makes me queasy.
Whatever happened to the separation of church and state?
As a liberal, agnostic, democrat I am genuinely fearful of the road ahead.
Huckabee scares the bejesus out of me. I get images in my head of the fictional character Nicolai Carpathia when I hear him speak or read about him. Sure in the Left Behind series Carpathia was allegedly out to destroy Jesus followers, as in, he was the antichrist. As the antichrist, out to destroy all Jesus lovers, he made himself into a god and his own followers no different that those that followed Jesus.
Extremists fighting extremists â€“ all vying for power and the ability to be worshipped as someoneâ€™s god (or president). A very slippery slope we have here. Christian extremists killing Islamic extremists brings The Crusades to my mind. You can easily become the monster you are fighting. Nietzche said "Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster. As you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you". Think about it. Deeply.
Suggestions that Obama is an Islamic terrorist simply because someone received an urban legend email and his name rhymes with Osama further disturbs me.
Hillary as a hoochie? Girlfriend, puhlease.
If we truly have a separation of church and state, why do we care of Hillary worships Bob the Tomato from Veggie Tales or if Obamaâ€™s name sounds like Osama?
Clearly, the separation of church and state is not so, well, separate, is it?
When I contemplate religion, our current slate of candidates along with family preservation, I become frightened. I become frightened for my children and their children. I am frightened for young, single moms who may find themselves with an unexpected pregnancy. I become outright terrified for the children born to those mothers.
Family preservation activists, like myself, believe there is a deeply rooted, primal connection between mother and child. Further, to break that connection, to attempt to mimic it, replace it, deny it, causes trauma to mother and child.
Not so, according to some Christians.
â€œThe unborn entity within the pregnant woman’s body is not part of her body. The conceptus is a genetically distinct entity with its own unique and individual gender, blood type, bone-structure, and genetic code. Although the unborn entity is attached to its mother, it is not part of her.â€
I often wonder why Christians donâ€™t do more to help young, single or expectant and unwed moms. Clearly, not being Christian, I donâ€™t understand their views on women, social order and the stability of same.
While they are out saving the world and working as missionaries, why arenâ€™t more of them helping us here at home? Helping poor Americans? Is that not gods work? Will that not get them into heaven? Helping moms keep and raise and feed their American born children? Why are so many of the primary adoption agencies tied to major religious groups? Do Christians only help other Christians?
I am clearly befuddled at the ease at which many who claim to be Christian can swoop in and take a child from the milky breast of the mother. Is it any wonder that they believe it is perfectly okay to separate mother and child? If they believe the above paragraph, if they call our children â€˜entitiesâ€™, of course they would. It makes perfect sense to me why they would believe children would be objects (entities) to be bought and sold. They would believe that children are blank slates that can be molded and shaped and conditioned all in the name of god. (Side note: When contemplating abortion, suddenly the Christian entities become human and its murder, right? )
I am not about to begrudge anyone their right to religion or challenge the desire to worship an invisible man in the sky. If you want to worship the tomato on your kitchen counter, feel free. If you are Taoist, Buddhist, Muslim or other, have at it. It is not my business nor should it be the business of the United States government to tell you who you should worship, when, how often or other. To do so would violate your rights as an American. (Recall the Pilgrims came here to escape religious persecution?)
What I am going to challenge is the movement of religion, any religion, as a whole, taking over our government. It has no place there. Can we all refer to the First Amendment?
If you are going to respond to me by saying that not all Christians are fundamental extremist whack jobs, don’t bother. I will say I agree. But I ask you to ponder why it is that people assume Barack Obama is a terrorist simply because they heard from Aunt Mary (recipient of an urban legend email) he is Muslim – because he is black and his name rhymes with Osama?
This post isnâ€™t about debating the validity or not of Christianity, it is merely stating that in my opinion, it has no place in our government and policy making processes and should it find its wicked way there, I fear more mothers and children will be separated by adoption.
Furthermore, please, please donâ€™t vote someone into a position of power based on their religious beliefs. Please help us keep this country a democracy and not a theocracy. No zealots, please? Pretty please?
Show support for the issues and platforms that improve the lives all Americans: health care, womens rights, economic policy, foreign policy, etc and not for the person who happens to worship a your particular god or red tomato of your liking.
You might indirectly save one more baby from getting taken from his or her mama.