Monday, April 11, 2005

Christian Nationalism Trashes Constitution

America's Religious Right - Saints or Subversives?
By Steve Weissman
t r u t h o u t | Investigation
Wednesday 06 April 2005

Part I: The Lure of Christian Nationalism

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...
-- First Amendment to the United States Constitution

The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian doctrine.
-- George Washington

When Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin boasted that his God was bigger than Islam's, many people demanded his scalp. But, as angry as his critics were, they dismissed what he said as little more than military machismo, political insensitivity, and bone-headed public relations. How could we possibly win Muslim hearts and minds when this highly decorated Crusader so callously belittled Allah?

Few critics asked the tougher question: What did Gen. Boykin's remarks mean for the U.S. Constitution, which he had sworn to support and defend, and which - in the very first words of the First Amendment - forbids any "establishment of religion?"

Dressed in full military uniform with his spit-polished paratroop boots, Boykin spoke to at least 23 evangelical groups around the country, proclaiming that America was "a Christian nation." . . . .

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{Read more at the link above: the author continues to name names in this detailed expose of the Christian rightwing movement to subvert the US constitution on its way to establish a fundamentalist theocracy. You and I might dismiss them as a minority of fools, but they are highly placed in positions of power, including the executive branch. There is still time to shut them down through the legal system. But if we wait too long, that system will be modified in their favor, and it will be a more violent struggle against their puritanical, patriarchal and militant doctrines. These folks do not respond to reason, because they prefer ignorance. They only want power to establish their bigoted world of security. If I were you, I would begin to resist these efforts vigorously, as if democracy itself depended upon the outcome.}

Or if you can't wait for Steve Weissman to finish this series of reports, then meanwhile I recommend this book:

With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, and Democracy in George W. Bush's White House by Esther Kaplan.


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