Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
I am in the middle of a very busy day today. I was at work this morning and at a class for a certificate on college teaching from the local Tidewater colleges and university consortium until around 7pm or a bit after tonight. Since we are in our dinner break I am republishing an article from last year that kind of serves as a primer for the articles that I have been writing this week on attempts of religious zealots to gain political power in this country. I hope that you enjoy it, a lot of history and philosophy in this one.
Have a great night.
“The notion of a Christian commonwealth should be exploded forever. … Government should protect every man in thinking and speaking freely, and see that one does not abuse another. The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians.” John Leland
There is a form of religion and indeed the “Christian” faith that is toxic and if not treated leads to the spiritual and sometimes the physical and emotional death of the infected person.
There is a nationalized version of this faith which in this country with respect to the Christian tradition I will call “Americananity.” It is a bastardized version of the Christian faith overlaid with the thin veneer of a bastardized version of American history. Its purveyors are…
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