separation of Church and State

Sarah Palin and the Ten Commandments

Back in May of 2010 Sarah Palin went on Fox news with Bill O'Reilly and called for U.S. law to be based on the Christian Bible.

Palin is reportedly considering a run for the White House in 2012 and has millions of supporters here in the United States.

During her interview, Palin gushed: “I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant,” adding, “They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments."

Wow.

The Constitution was originally written to say,

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Also in the United States Constitution (Article 6, paragraph 3) states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

In addition there was Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 wherein he describes the "wall of separation between church and state," and explains to the Danbury Baptists that the federal government cannot and will not favor one religion over another or declare an official state religion for the United States of America.

So, our founding fathers said that Congress cannot make any laws that are based on any Gods or any religious books or any religious dogma and Sarah Palin turns around and says that our founding fathers intended that all of our laws would be based on the Christian God and the Christian Bible and Christian dogma.

So, glossing over the fact that Sarah Palin is either dishonest enough to lie about America’s founding fathers or stupid enough to actually believe that America’s founding fathers wanted a Christian theocracy, can you imagine how deranged it would be if we did as Sarah Palin says and re-wrote American law so that it was based on the Ten Commandments?

Now, most Christians can’t even tell you what the Ten Commandments are. And I’m certain that Sarah Palin’s millions of sycophantic groupies aren’t any smarter. So as a free educational service I’m going to tell you what all ten of the commandments are and I’m going to explain why it would be disruptive, chaotic and illogical to make them the basis for America’s legal system.

 

Republicans want a Christian Theocracy

[ed note -CM1] Bumped for some Christianist food for thought.

Do Republicans want to turn America into a Christian theocracy?

This is not a question that news anchors or political analysts have been asking (at least not in public), but maybe they should be.

Republican leader Mike Huckabee has gone on record as saying that the Constitution of the United States of America should be amended to conform to the word of God. That sounds pretty straightforward to me.

House of Pain: Republican State Rep Kicks Photographer, Then Gets Sworn In

In an incident that draws the issues of hypocrisy and the separation of church and state in to sharp relief, Republican representative-elect Douglas Bruce "brought his shoe down hard" on the knee of a photographer who snapped his picture during the traditional morning prayer. Bruce, with his Bible in his hand, refused to apologize, stating:

"If people are going to cause a disruption during a public prayer, they should be called for it. He owes an apology to the House and the public."

Another GOP Candidate Crashes and Burns: "From Zwoof, with Love"

Originally conceived, written and published on DailyKos but far too important not to crosspost here.

Recently, Zwoof posted a diary called Romney 'The Brethren in Salt Lake City told me I could take this position'. The diary gave kudos to Bob Love, who called our attention to the issue in his comment here. Bob, in turn, credits daristani's comment as his source.

In a nutshell, Romney's candidacy is now toast. Make the jump for the short finish, then go Rec Zwoof's piece and give mucho kudos to Bob Love and daristani wherever you find 'em today.