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The False Alarm of Secularism

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Willard in Elmer Gantry mode!
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Proving his rampant ignorance, Willard unleashes a whopper!

Responding to a question about the HHS contraceptive regulation Romney declared, "“I think there is a desire to establish a religion in America known as secularism.”

Politicans are notorius for saying outlandish things. This has gotten worse in American politics year after year and it seems the 2012 elections will shatter all records for lies and lunacy on the campaign trail. The candidates of one of the two major parties seem to meld Constitutional ignorance with campaigning unscrupulousness in a toxic mix of say anything about anything regardless of its malicious or fallacious nature.

A classic example of this is the nonsense about a war on religion. For some reason, many Republicans cannot recall the stipulation in Article VI paragraph 3 that states:

"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." As John F. Kennedy said in 1960, "Neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test, even by indirection. For if they disagree with that safeguard, they should be openly working to repeal it." This provision of the Constitution was not, at the time it was written and ratified, a mere formality. The Framers knew the bloody history of alliances between church and state in national governance. They knew that intolerance and bigotry were tireless and devious in their strategems to seize power and enforce conformity to their infallible truths. Catholics and Protestants both waged relentless wars to conquer and exterminate those who disagreed with their particular brand of of dogmatic veracity. Due to the now long established custom and tradition of separation between ecclesastic and civil power, contemporary Americans do not appreciate the danger of such an ignoble alliance. Current ignorance does not wipe away the bloody historical record and if we forget history, we will be condemned to repeate it.

The ignorance and duplicity of the pious politicians extends further than the "no religious test clause." These charlatans seek to hijack the First Amendment's non-establishment provison and its free exercise clause for their own misguided intentions. The first is intended to protect nonconforming individuals from ecclesastic authority; it is not intended to condone ecclesastic dominion over everyone in their locale or affiliated institutions. Similarly the free exercise clause is intended to protect citizens in the formation, expression, and observance of their own religious beliefs. In the recent contraceptive access cause celbre', the individual women were the ones who had the "right of conscience" claim, not the [mostly male] occupants of positions of authority.

The Founders and the Framers were seeking to design and launch the best possible system of governance. They were not trying to found a new religion and they were not seeking to invest an existing religion with civil power. For them religion was between the individual and whatever he or she conceived the deity to be. Though many of the Founders and Framers practiced some variety of Christianity, few of them sought to create the government of the nation as a weapon for the triumph of their particular denomination. We should follow their wise example.

Regardless of our sectarian beliefs, whether we are devotely Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, or Humanistic, our political obligation is to be soundly patriotic in the sense defined by the Constitution of the United States. As JFK opined, if we do not like provisions of the Constitution as it exists, our responsibility is to strive to amend it. We cannot in good conscience twist and ignore the clear language of the Constitution because our theological beliefs insist everyone conform to them. First and foremost authentic patriots are Americans before they are congregants of any denomination. At our best, we are united by a civil faith as expressed in the Pledge of Alliegance - "the Republic ... with liberty and justice for all." This means liberty from all religious impositions and justice in the conduct of our political and civil affairs regardless of sectarian affiliations or the lack therof.

The United States is a Constitutional Republic, the longest surviving and functioning in human history. Though many persons of diverse orgins and creeds participated in its founding and functioning, they have done so as American citizens and not as congregants of any variety of religious expression. Sectarianism divides us and at this time in our history as in most times we need to recall and affirm that united we stand and divided we fall. What unites us is our shared Constitutional heritage In the 2012 elections all truly patriotic Americans will make their decisions in accordance with what their consciences tell them to be in the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressure or dictates. No power or threat of punishment or ostracism must cause us to decide differently or act otherwise. In 1787 we were bequeathed "a Republic if we could keep it." Now we must demonstrate that we are worthy heirs to this treasure and rise to the challenge of preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution of the United States.

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By PATRICK PETION on April 09, 2012 at 09:51 am

well lol that really prove how ignorant you are Mr caballero. the next president of the US is right on the money. you have prove your ignorance, and clearly show how you liberal think. first you need to define religion, second you need to read the constitution and try to understand what the second amendment. the first amendment never mention a nation without religion, bu instead freedom of religion. now what is a religion, go learn the meaning of religion, before you make a fool of yourself. what does the firstamendment mean, if you have no idea go find out what the supreme court wrote about it. by the way if we can eliminate the freedom of religion, that will mean , we can also eliminate the freedom of the people the to petition and to assemble, and the freedom of the press and the freedom of speech, well the truth is, the liberal really does not like free speech, that why you are against the first amendment started with freedom of religion.

now let define religion for you: Religion set of beliefs concerning the causes, nature and purpose of the universe; as for example you liberal beliefs in killing 1 week old baby to 3 month old baby in the room, this is a sacred beliefs, you also beliefs you guy are the center of the univers there is no supreme being you are it all, that a beliefs, secularism beliefs, but a beliefs any way see my point.

second definition a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of person or sects. well if You disagree with the concept of a creator, so you decide to form a group with a specific purpose to go against any notion of a creator and prove nature is the supreme source of the universe, then that become your religion.

it can also be define as the body of person adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices.

so base on these definition Text president comment was right and your comment are absurd.

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By PATRICK PETION on April 09, 2012 at 09:53 am

yah I mean the first amendment freedom of religion not freedom froom religion

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By Notumbus Bumbus on April 09, 2012 at 10:31 am

So, Mr. Petion, you believe that religion has a right to force itself on people who have no use for it?

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By PATRICK PETION on April 09, 2012 at 10:42 am

wow , where did you get that from. I do not, but as a free people everyone are free to practice a religion. my point is the first amendment never prevent people from their right to practice a religion. and my second point or my philosophy is the reject of religion by a group whom declare that the secularism way is my only way is in itself a religion, that what Romney mean. you can't force religion on someone no or you can force someone not to practice his or her religion.

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By PATRICK PETION on April 09, 2012 at 10:44 am

nor can you force someone or prevent someone to practice his or her religion. correction

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By Caballero_69 on April 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm


Still the same old churl you used to be I see.

Despite your rantings, secularism is commonly understood to mean the view that government and politics should not be dominated by sectarian beliefs nor should government and politics impse sectarian beliefs on the citizenry.

We, the people, are united by our humanity and our citizenship. We are divided by our sectarian beliefs. Each of us is entitled to hold such beliefs, but none of us is entitled to use government power to impose our beliefs on others or interfere with their right to believe as the choose.

Under the American Constitution, the separation of church and state is absolute. I only care about the Constitution and not the prescriptions nor ambitions of any congregation of any faith extant or previously existent.

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By Notumbus Bumbus on April 13, 2012 at 06:24 pm

As secularism is non-religion, it is categorically impossible to establish it as such. As for claiming that leftists, who, I must suppose describes anyone to the left of Barry Goldwater, saying all feel a certain way is as absurd as saying that everyone to the right of Ronald Reagan feels the same about everything, as well - both statements are absurd. As to the statement that "liberals" are against the First Amendment and freedom of speech is again, absurd, silly, and utterly bizarre. But, that is the fundamental grounding for most comedy, or so I've heard.

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