Moral Contradictions

Thursday, May 05, 2005

A needed history lesson

George Will has a column titled "The Christian Complex" and begins by stating that
The state of America's political discourse is such that the president has felt it necessary to declare that unbelievers can be good Americans. In last week's prime-time news conference, he said: "If you choose not to worship, you're equally as patriotic as somebody who does worship."


While separation of the church and state is not in the Constitution, this is (from Article VII):
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.


And yet another oldie but a goodie, Article 11 of the Treaty with Tripoli 1796-1797:
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.


Hey Pat "I hate Muslims" Robertson, Jerry "religion doesn't belong in politics" Falwell, Bill "I'm a figure-head who's scared" Frist, James "I love and hate gays at the same time" Dobson, Tom "I'm the federal government and I'm evil" DeLay, and D. James "I'll be known pretty soon" Kennedy... under our law, we are Americans first. We may believe this nation is under God, but we must respect others who don't. If you believe they need to be judged, concentrate on loving them instead and leave the judging to God.

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