To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. - Sun Tzu

Friday, January 07, 2005

Christian Founding Fathers: So What?

It is foolish to base our current laws entirely on what some people thought 230 years ago without considering the current reality.
If the Constitution and other early laws were re-written today, they would not include references to Christianity. This is a country of many religions, and we have a secular government. This is the reality today. No religion can be treated any better or worse than any other, because the laws are based on indisputible facts and truths. Religions are based on faith, which is beyond facts and evidence. If the government 'respected' any religion above any other, it would have to abandon its primary duty as defender of our freedoms.

So, no, you can't have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse, because that's lifting Judaism and Christianity above every other religion. If you put 'under God' in the pledge, then time can't be set aside specifically for it to be said in our secular government schools. Students can go ahead and say it on their own, as long as they don't interfere in class and as long as it's not broadcast to unwilling listeners (so, special after-school religious group, okay, entire student body, not okay). The word, and any references to, "God" need to come off our money in future printings, because that again raises a specific religion over every other religion.

This still leaves much leeway for evangelical, over-active Christian bible-thumpers who want to cram Jesus down everyone's throat. Churches will never be threated, for example. And they're not taxed, to boot! That's a pretty good deal for something based on a philosophy which is inherently unverifiable. You can have all the religious TV programs you want, and knock yourselves out building religious book/gift stores, celebrating Christmas, and praying before meals- Even if you're in a government building. Just don't try to preach to an unwilling listener, and don't spend MY tax money advertising YOUR religion.


Blogger Bless said...

Why do you say you have a secular government, when Bush is currently in power? Do you mean government as in what principles etc behind it, like, say democracy? Though I must say I know how you feel, over here Howard is pushing Christianity like it's the only acceptable religion to believe in.

6:31 PM, January 08, 2005

Blogger joanie said...

hear hear!!
yes reminds me of australia too.

5:46 PM, January 09, 2005

Blogger Rob said...

Wasn't Clinton overtly Christian?

6:57 PM, January 13, 2005

Blogger Puskaiti said...

I hate that the churches are tax-free. They tell people how to vote, tell women about their bodies and include themselves in so much of our lawmaking. I say "tax the churches", then we can talk about the deficit, or really, the lack there of.

4:04 PM, March 23, 2005


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