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Religious Fanaticism and Politics: The Danger of the “True” Believers

Friends of Padre Steve’s World. It has been a busy day trying to get a lot done at work going into the Labor Day weekend, and to help my wife in making some wonderful Jalapeño Cheddar Beer Bread to give to friends this evening. I didn’t sleep much last night, yet another Iraq nightmare that woke me up about 2 AM followed by my oldest dog whacking me and telling me that she needed to go crap at 4:15. I guess that is better than her crapping in the bed so nothing ventured nothing gained. I met with my new shrink this morning for my PTSD symptoms, which my regular readers know have been kicking my ass the past couple of months. She seems like she will be a good therapist for me and is getting me into a provider to manage my meds. My experience at the local Navy Branch Clinic for the Very Very Nervous was much better than at the main Mental Health department at the Naval Medical Center, so this should be good all the way around. It also means that I don’t have to fight the traffic through the Downtown Tunnel to get to my appointments. Anyway, I digress…
A couple of notes, I found a new TV who that I like, “The Blacklist” starring David Spader. Very well written and suspenseful.
Finally, with all the people out there championing their religious rights above other people’s right to believe in a different God or no God at all, I figured that I would share something I wrote last October. I just figure that anyone with half a brain would look at what is going on Iraq and Syria right now and realize the dangers of any particular group having the exclusive franchise to belief is not a good thing. And please don’t tell me that ISIS is any different than Christian groups throughout history that forced conversions, exterminated opponents and put heretics to death, because unfortunately there are some Christians in the United States right now who would use the police power of the state to persecute and even kill those that they deem unbelievers or heretics. All you do is have to look at the rantings of Gary Fischer of the American Family Association who says that the Constitution only guarantees religious liberty for Christians; David Barton, the fake historian who loves to justify the extermination of Native Americans because they “rejected the Gospel;” “Pastor” Scott Lively who takes his “let’s persecute and kill the gays” campaign to African countries where he receives a better welcome than in the United States and a host of others including big name politicians, pundits and preachers. These guys would have been the fringe at one time, but they have become part of the Evangelical Christian mainstream. Frankly that is dangerous for all of us. That is why I am doing this re-run today.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend,
Peace
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“Congress shall make no law respecting the 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.” The First Amendment of the US Constitution

“no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.” Thomas Jefferson in the 1779 Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

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