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Posted on 07/06/2011 8:41:06 PM PDT by stolinsky
Religious Fanatics? What About Secular Fanatics?
David C. Stolinsky
July 7, 2011
no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
U.S. Constitution, Article VI
We frequently hear about religious fanatics, but there are also secular fanatics. Examples include Marxists, radical environmentalists, and health zealots. These people strive to control all human activity until everyone conforms to their ideas. Like all fanatics, they believe that you cant have too much of their favorite thing.
What I am discussing here is a specific type of secular fanatic, one whose fanaticism is fixated on removing every vestige of religion from public life, and eventually from private life as well.
Some time ago, I took a cab from the airport. The driver was a man with white hair and a thick accent. It turned out he was a retired colonel in the Russian air force, who couldnt survive on his meager pension and came to America to be with relatives.
We discussed his service under the U.S.S.R., and the subject of religion came up. I asked if he ever went to church. He replied that he does here, but never did in the U.S.S.R. He said that if he had gone to church on Sunday, by Monday his superiors would have known about it. He would never have been promoted. He would have been reassigned to a dead-end, humiliating job and forced to retire. And he would have been investigated for other anti-Soviet activities.
I put the old colonel out of my mind. But recently, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times described presidential hopeful Rep. Michelle Bachmann as a fundamentalist evangelical whose extremism is reprehensible. What the extremism consisted of was unclear, but apparently it included home-schooling her children. The conclusion was that Bachmanns beliefs make her utterly unsuited to be president.
The columns title was Michelle Bachmann the Believer − as if being a strong believer in Christianity is a problem. Of course, being a strong believer in leftist ideology is no problem. On the contrary, to the author, it is a requirement for a candidate. To paraphrase Orwell, some believers are more equal than others.
At about the same time, the cover of Newsweek showed a photoshopped picture of Gov. Mitt Romney dancing crazily with a Book of Mormon in his hand. The caption read, The Mormon Moment. The cover left no doubt that the editors find his religion ludicrous, even offensive. I may have missed it, but who empowered journalists to judge the religious beliefs of candidates − or anyone?
Question: Terrorists are fanatics who crash airliners into office buildings, and who blow men, women, and children to pieces in trains, buses, malls, and pizzerias. They are strong believers − can they be defeated by people who believe strongly in nothing at all? In poker, if you are clever and lucky, you may occasionally beat a strong hand with a weak hand by bluffing. But in real life, you cant beat something with nothing. Ideological disarmament can be as fatal as physical disarmament.
Nevertheless, many liberals loudly denounce conservative Christians and declare that they are unfit for high office. But these are the same people who are quick to condemn any criticism of radical Islam as Islamophobia. And these are the same people who claim to love the constitution. You know, the U.S. Constitution, which:
● Guarantees free exercise of religion and free speech.
● Forbids any religious test for public office.
● Guarantees the right to keep and bear arms.
● Doesnt mention abortion.
● Does mention capital punishment − four times.
● Was established by men (including Jefferson) who attended church services every Sunday that were held in the chambers of Congress at public expense.
● Was the culmination of efforts that began with the Continental Congress, which opened with a prayer − with George Washington kneeling.
Yes, that Constitution, the U.S. Constitution. But thats clearly not what many liberals love. No, they love another constitution, the one which:
● Forbids public officials from expressing any religious values, and preferably from having any.
● Allows Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to interrogate judicial nominees about their personal religious beliefs.
● Makes it difficult for evangelical Protestants, practicing Catholics, and observant Jews to become federal judges.
● Contains no right to keep and bear arms.
● Guarantees women the right to kill unborn babies, even in the third trimester.
● Forbids capital punishment of convicted murderers, but guarantees husbands the right to kill disabled wives, like Terri Schiavo.
● Forbids under God in the Pledge of Allegiance, and requires that the Ten Commandments be removed from schools and courthouses.
● Was written by people who were deists at best, and perhaps even atheists, but in any case were hostile to religion.
Thats the constitution that many liberals love. But its not the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps they are so busy reading into the Constitution what isnt there, that they have no time left to read what is there.
What many liberals really love is their own ideology, which they narcissistically call the constitution, but which in fact is nothing more than todays version of political correctness. Tomorrows version may be different who can say? Yes, the liberal constitution is a living document. What should you do if it stops breathing give it mouth-to-page respiration? In fact, a living constitution is really a dead constitution − and a license for the government to do whatever it pleases.
But speaking of religion and politics, here is a really insensitive, politically incorrect statement:
The general hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor so to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.
Not only that, but the general was actually seen to kneel in prayer at a government meeting. Surely this religious extremist must be fired, dont you agree? Congratulations, you just fired George Washington.
Yes, that George Washington, the one who was president of the Constitutional Convention. The man who was in charge of writing the Constitution might be presumed to know what it means. But liberal legal experts claim that some things he said and did were unconstitutional. Is it possible that they are wrong, and old George was right?
When I see Michelle Bachmann being condemned by liberals, and Mitt Romney being ridiculed for his beliefs, and judicial nominees being subjected to an inquisition by Senate Democrats, I cant help thinking of the old Soviet colonel, now driving a cab. What, precisely, is the difference between how the Soviet regime intimidated him from expressing his religious beliefs, and how American liberals are intimidating office seekers from expressing their religious beliefs? I see little difference.
Communist bureaucrats had 74 years to run the Soviet Union, and they ran it into the ground, causing untold deaths and misery in the process. They make really lousy role models. So why is it that many liberals are imitating some of their more repulsive practices?
Secular fanatics are much the same the world over, whether they were communist bureaucrats in Russia or liberal pundits in America. They insist that in order to advance in your career, you must proclaim their beliefs and no others.
More on the religious foundations of America may be found in Michael Novaks On Two Wings. Dr. Stolinsky writes on political and social issues. Contact: email@example.com.
The Framers of the Bill of Rights intended the Establishment Clause to be our protection from the religious fanatics and the free Exercise Clause to be our protection from the secular fanatics.
The problem today is that liberals have been allow to carry the Establishment Clause to extremes and they have been allowed to totally ignore the Free Exercise Clause.
I agree—it is a form of abuse, like a doctor taking advantage of a patient. But there is a difference. When you go to a proctologist, you expect a very uncomfortable procedure in order to look at your lower bowel and keep you healthy. When you go to the mainstream media, you get an equally uncomfortable procedure—a proctologist’s view of America, in order to keep you confused.
Liberalism is religion, with all of its fanaticism, control, penitence, ritualism, dogmas, self-inflicted punishments and none of the benefits and comforts that come from other religions.
Also....All government action has non-neutral religious, political, and cultural consequences. Personally, I can not think of a single exception. It is for this reason that government should be a small a possible to maintain order and security of the borders.
Finally...ALL citizens pay big bucks in the form of property taxes ( rent includes property taxes) to fund the **ESTABLISHMENT** of the non-neutral religious worldview of godlessness in our government schools. EVERY ( that means all) child in a government school must learn to think and reason godlessly if they are to cooperate in the classroom and complete assignments.
ALL government schools in this nation are a First Amendment and freedom of conscience abomination.
Liberalism is religion
That is running an inquisition. Just ask those who lost their jobs after Prop 8 in California.
I’ve never understood athiest’s hatred of religion. If there’s no magical “Santa Claus in the Sky” to them, why CARE if a NYC firehouse wants to put up a “Seven in Heaven” street sign? Frankly, if someone wanted to erect a “Easter Bunny lane” sign, I wouldn’t waste a second of my precious time trying to get it torn down.
When I see Michelle Bachmann being condemned by liberals, and Mitt Romney being ridiculed for his beliefs, and judicial nominees being subjected to an inquisition by Senate Democrats, I can't help thinking of the old Soviet colonel, now driving a cab. What, precisely, is the difference between how the Soviet regime intimidated him from expressing his religious beliefs, and how American liberals are intimidating office seekers from expressing their religious beliefs?Heh... thanks stolinsky.
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