Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Belief systems are rotting our democracy (#2468)
I personally have nothing against individual people reconciling their lives with a belief in a deity if that is how they are able to cope with their own frailties. But when belief systems cross over into the civil life of our society then I have to call a halt. Never, ever should some belief system, and I don't care which one anyone can imagine, be allowed to infiltrate the ideals of liberty, justice and opportunity for all. The first amendment to our constitution explicitly states: "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,". It should be absolutely clear that no religion is deemed as the religion of America, while it should be absolutely clear that no denial of a religion is to be tolerated in America. Which puts belief systems squarely as an individual choice with no effect on how the civil life of our society is governed. If a belief system is needed by any individual to guide them in the pursuit of their own happiness then that is their absolute right as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others to either follow a different belief system or no belief system at all. What we have today are citizens who are disregarding the separation of belief systems and our civil government. they are attempting to force their religion upon the whole of us despite the law of our first amendment. They are also attempting to exclude all other belief systems that do not hold to the same orthodoxy and dogma. How this has come to pass is that an arrogance by some today is being allowed to run roughshod over our founding constitutional document. We have a supreme court that is supposed to be the protector of our precious document, not protecting it when its explicit nature is absolute. I will call out the wealthy theocratic conservatives and the Republican party on whole for this debacle. We know what we must do to save our constitution and our freedom given to us in the first amendment and that what we must do is to vote in every election for candidates that are neither conservative nor part of the Republican party.