- CRITTER TALK
Many of my fellow Christians may think that the recent Supreme Court Ruling on public prayer at government functions is a good thing. It is, in reality, a dangerous practice that all who appreciate freedom, including from religion should eschew.
There are thousands of denominations which can be labled “Christian.” They all have their own set of beliefs. The Supreme Court has now injected itself into the argument which one is right. And there is no way to determine other than death and asking St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, or whatever one thinks Heaven’s entrance looks like, since The Bible has been rewritten and reinterpreted over a million times. Many Christians accept that God appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush but call people who think He appeared to Muhammed or Joseph Smith kooks.
Protestants believe faith is what gets you into Heaven while Catholics believe good works are also necessary. Soon the Supreme Court will be in a position that it may have to decide whom God spoke to and how we get to Heaven because a majority of it’s members decided that prayer is part of our national fabric, and it’s prayer to the God those Christians worship in a Christian manner. If anyone thinks I’m full of it I dare any of our Muslim friends to bring a prayer rug to a public meeting and start your prayers.
The politics of religion is powerful. Thomas Jefferson once said the public can forgive all sorts of drinking and debauchery but miss one mass and they want to crucify you. This, my friends, is still true. Question God and good people open themselves up to spite and worse. Rarely is there a candidate that can win an election without a Bible in hand and pictures plastering his/her campaign literature of their families attending church. Too many of my fellow citizens forget they are voting for people, not God. Their past actions indicate if they are of good character. Not how many Bible verses they can quote. And if possible I refuse to vote for anyone who tries to use religion as a campaign theme. Sadly most candidates do this pandering.
So we have a 5 to 4 majority of the Supreme Court ruling we are a “Christian” nation. As an American I think that is despicable. Any true republican should be outraged that any government body should declare our nation an adherent to any religion. The state must not tell us whom to worship or how.
We are outraged when a nation declares itself an “Islamic Republic.” We should be outraged when our own government declares or rules we are Christian. It’s none of the government’s business who Americans worship or not. That’s up to the individual. I don’t care how many Bibles any member of Congress, or the Supreme Court bang-religion is my right, not the government’s. Its role is to protect my freedom to practice it whatever “it” is, not declare government to be a member of it.