Barry Goldwater was Right: Religious Leaders Endanger American Democracy

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Another somewhat stressful day as we wait to see if Judy is going to have surgery this morning. Since I have no idea if I will have the opportunity to write or post anything else today I am re-posting this article. The article is even more pertinent than when I first wrote it as the highly political and influencial leaders of the Christian Right grow more militant politically and use their clout at every level of government to crush the rights of others using the force of law and the legislative process, all the while claiming to be “victims” of religious discrimination.

It is something that I as a Christian in an incredibly small and unifluential church as well as a Navy Chaplain sworn to uphold the free-exercise rights of all those in the military find frightening, because I know that these people would have no problem crushing me and those like me underfoot as they do all they can to establish a theocracy in all but name. It is both fascinating and frightening to me as a historian to see these supposed Christians espousing the political views of early Mormon leaders Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, which are known as Theodemocracy. Of course maybe that is why so many of them end up on the Glenn Beck show.

So, until whenever,

Peace

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Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland

“[I]n our country are evangelists and zealots of many different political, economic and religious persuasions whose fanatical conviction is that all thought is divinely classified into two kinds — that which is their own and that which is false and dangerous.” — Justice Robert H Jackson, American Communications Assn. v. Douds, 339 US 382, 438; 70 SCt. 674, 704 (1950)

There is just over a month remaining before the 2012 Presidential Election. The campaign on both sides has been marked by distortions and lies as are most campaigns, but the most troubling aspect to me is the behavior of many professed Christians that are leaders of the religious right who seem to be more interested in their own interests than the interests of other Americans. All pretense has been thrown away this is not about Jesus, nor is it about the American principle of religious freedom, it is about conservative…

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