Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why Would You Say This?

If you are an elected politician, especially a brand new first timer, why do you say the following as did the newly elected Republican governor of Alabama...

"Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."
  • Is it because you feel morally superior to others?
  • Is it because you assume that 99% of the people listening agree with you anyway?
  • Is it because you want to convert your state's residents to your religion above all other causes?
  • Are you sending a message that non Christians will not be treated the same under your administration?
  • Do you feel that your beliefs outweigh the law?
Or is it because you are a first class moron with monumental religious superiority complex?

Tell you what, replace the words "has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior" with "who is a Jew" or "who is black" or "who is a Democrat" or "who is female" or "who is more than 65 years old" and I think you'll get the picture of how monumentally stupid and blinded this guy is.

In any case, this is the corrosive and divisive side of religion rearing its head in a scary way. The governor of one of the states has very publicly said that he does not view all citizens the same way based on his religious beliefs. That there is a religious condition to be met in his eyes before you can be seen as worthy.

That's quite a message if you live in that state and you're not the same religion as him. Are you going to be targeted for special treatment by state agencies? Are you going to have the same protection under the law? Are you going to have access to the same state services as others? Will I have to convert to another religion just to get what I need? To vote?

Here's something else to think about. What's scarier? The governor saying what he did or large number of people nodding their head in agreement?

Here is a little reminder for both the new governor and those agreeing with him...

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Recognize that? See that first part? Yes, it's the FIRST AMMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION that, among other things, explicitly forbids government establishment of religon.

Seems to me that Mr. Governor is pretty far down the path of violating this.

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