|Source: The Book Archive- Chris Hedges, on the American Christian-Right|
It would be funny, if it weren't so tragic, when hypocrites who complain about big government, are in favor of incorporating the tenets of their religion in government rules to form their own version of big government. A Christian theocracy in the U.S. would be just as oppressive as the Muslim theocracy in Iran. Social freedom would be severely curtailed. Women and ethnic and racial minorities would be treated as second class citizens. Homosexuals would be treated as criminals.
The whole idea of America is that the people are in charge of their own lives and have the right to choose the social paths that they take without interference by government.
Our nation's forefathers rebelled against the United Kingdom to escape high taxes, authoritarian rule, and government enforced religious dictates. Freedom of religion is part of our Constitution, the 1st Amendment thereof, so that Americans would have the right to decide for themselves whether or not to practice religion and which religion, if any, they would practice.
There cannot be any dictation by the U.S. government on choice of religion or practice of religious tenets. The 1st Amendment is explicitly clear that government shall neither sponsor nor intrude upon the practice of a religion. There is an explicit separation between religion and the State in America, regardless of what the Christian Right, Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle or Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says or thinks.
I'm troubled, and somewhat amused, when Christian Conservatives complain about the intrusions of big government while they promote authoritarian Christian theocracy. Are they completely ignorant of the provisions for separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution or are they just ignoring it to achieve their religious goals? Either one is truly dangerous. They must be prevented from succeeding for the sake of the United States of America.