Prelude to a future Christian theocracy: Religious extremism threatens the nation.
Christian extremists are determined to take this nation into a new era of darkness informed by ignorance and religious superstition, an era that would set back the cause of women’s rights over 50 years, teach children religious superstition instead of science, and force our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters back into the closet.
The Republican party is being driven by Christian fundamentalists. Christian extremists in the Republican party are currently fighting to force public schools to teach children Intelligent Design (Biblical creationism) instead of evolution in science classes. These same extremists also endorse teaching a false and pernicious historical revisionism that perverts the nation’s secular roots and attempts to redefine the U.S.A. as a “Christian nation.”
The false belief that America is a Christian nation is a belief supported by Dominion theology, a radical right wing movement that wants to rewrite American history, and replace the secular values upon which this nation was founded with a Christian theocracy.
A recent poll found that 57 percent of Republicans say they favor establishing Christianity as a national religion. Republicans in favor of establishing Christianity as a national religion are either ignoring, or simply ignorant of the US Constitution, and the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause which prohibits the establishment of a national religion.
The Establishment Clause is that part of the First Amendment that says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
The Establishment Clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another, or none.
The Christian base of the Republican party continues to advance the dangerous cause of Christian nationalism, the belief that America is a Christian nation. In fact, there is an ongoing attempt by Christian extremists to replace the cherished secular values upon which this nation was founded with a Christian theocracy.
Many Republicans are advocating for what amounts to a Christian theocracy: a dangerous impulse that poses a real and present danger to the U.S. and the secular values upon which the nation was founded.
Christian fundamentalism threatens this nation, and the Republican party has become a dangerous pawn controlled by religious zealots. The anti-science, anti-intellectualism, anti-woman sentiment of the current GOP is a cancer that threatens the health and well being of this nation. If these forces are left unchecked, the U.S.A. will be transformed into a Christian theocracy, a country ruled by ignorance and religious superstition. It is enough to make the founding fathers weep.
Indeed, Christian conservatives often attempt to argue that the United States is a Christian nation, yet nothing could be further from the truth. However, within the Republican party there is a radical right wing movement of Christian extremists attempting to pervert and rewrite the fabric of American history and culture, even if that means desecrating the U.S. Constitution.
“The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
– John Adams, 1797 Treaty of Tripoli
“Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.”
– John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” (1787-88)
“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802
“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787