How About We Worry About Our Own Suicide Bombers?
If you compare the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s sectarian gathering last week to the interminable violence in Iraq between Shi’as and Sunnis, it’s very clear, true democracy cannot exist where religion is paramount. It’s simply antithetical. There can’t be a mandatory worship of some version of religious fables, while attempting to grant democratic rights to all.
Fundamentalist Christians and Islamists, while different in their methodology, share more similarities than they would care to admit. Religion as a substitute for governance is extremely detrimental to any civilization. Ironically, the Cradle of Civilization, which is the area around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, is found in present day Iraq. Look what a mess it has become.
People around the world had been developing the groundwork for civilization for millennia: Agriculture was established around 8000 B.C. The domestication of animals for labor and food developed simultaneously.
According to the Christian Bible, the Earth is a mere 6,000 years old. This roughly 4,000 year disparity between Biblical and Mesopotamian history is never mentioned, even though we have precise carbon dating to prove its existence. The fact that evidence exists that prove the earth is four and a half billion years old cannot be mentioned by a Republican who wishes to gain favor with the far right fundamentalists of the party. We have half of our government less willing to face the hard truth about science and more into promoting ridiculous reassuring fables as fact. Libertarian Senator Rand Paul refuses to repudiate the idea that the Earth is only 6,000 years old!
The Faith and Freedom Coalition profess their tenets: pro-some-life (actually, just fetuses), vehemently anti-gay and judgmental as hell to those who don’t openly proclaim their thanks to this “Almighty God,” and they never mention this “god” has caused all sorts of horror both here and abroad. Does anyone notice it is a “god-given right” to own a gun, but god could care less if poor people can get healthcare? The Right Wing’s psychotic obsession with the belief in a book of mythology over what the Founding Fathers, in a most secular manner, believed (as was written in the Constitution) is mind-boggling. Now Iraq, one might say, is far more overtly savage and violent. This war amongst the factions of Islam is centuries old. But Iraq and Iran even with their Muslim population, used to have some semblance of a functioning democracy. When the Theocratic States of America decided to overthrow a fairly secular government (by comparison to the Ayatollah and Al-Maliki), we made it more impossible for true democracy. Just like Barry Goldwater predicted in his 1964 presidential campaign:
“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
Senator Ted Cruz and his Seven Mountains Dominionist-preaching father at the recent Faith and Freedom gathering featured the same Gadsden flag thrown over slain officers in Las Vegas just two weeks ago. Cruz and his TeaParty flag is just as scary as images of suicide vest-donning fanatics.
Even though Ralph Reed and Gary Bauer have not directly pointed guns at people’s heads, they’ve exported their own Christian-version of terrorism: wherever fundamentalists have exported their religion, anti-gay laws suddenly appear in those very same nations. “Missionaries” of the Christian faith help establish Draconian punishment for being gay and this is a form of terrorism, much like Sunni vs. Shiite terror. Women are treated like chattel and cattle and should remain out of the public forum. The Republicans truly feel women should earn 78% for doing the exact same work as a man. With fundamentalists like the ISIL group, women should only be seen in public to maintain decency. Fundamentalist Christians feel women have fewer rights and never the freedom to control their own bodies.
The “Faith and Freedom Coalition” is actually a misnomer. It is an oxymoron. Imposing a version of superstitious worship on a population eliminates any possibility of true democratic freedom.
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