Letter: The United States is not a Christian nation
Davis writes, "The First Amendment protects religious freedom while specifically forbidding Congress to establish or recognize any religion, or declare that one religion is more important. It’s a sacred principle of our constitutional republic."
A majority of Americans identify as Christian; 30% have no religious affiliation. Christians and atheists, along with everybody else, are equal in the eyes of the law.
The United States is not a Christian nation; we have no state religion.
That’s good. When unelected politicians on the Supreme Court, where religion and misogyny have become the roots of evil, change that, we’re in trouble.
An organization called National Right to Life literally wants to reimpose on Americans the 17th century tyranny that the Puritan lawyer John Winthrop attempted to import into this country. He opposed democracy and called it “the meanest and worst of all forms of government.”
Winthrop’s goal, like today’s Supreme Court, was to impose his religious beliefs on everybody, by force if needed. Most interesting, given the overreach by the Supreme Court this year, he also opposed any laws that would limit the arbitrariness of judicial decisions.
As a patriot, I honor the flag and its defenders, but I’ve seldom been patriotic about the 4th, when people eat and drink too much and explode fireworks, sometimes losing fingers (or worse).
I celebrate the fact, however, that no religion has any more right to exist than any other. I celebrate a woman’s right to reproductive health. I celebrate my right to clean air and water. When I send my kids to public school, I celebrate the fact that they won’t be brainwashed by an ideologue who wants them to pray.
This July 4, however, I did not celebrate. All of us, religious or atheist, have reason to fear misogyny and attempts to turn our country into a theocracy where plutocrats reign.
One reason not to celebrate? The mass shooting at a parade in Highland Park, Illinois:
The shooter used a military grade weapon widely available thanks to irresponsible politicians. Just as women rightfully cross state lines to practice reproductive health, disregarding the unelected politicians on the Supreme Court, men who adore deadly weapons will buy them and use them to kill.
A second reason not to celebrate? The recent rulings by the Supreme Court:
Besides launching a terrorist war against American women, these illegitimate judges (which means you can ignore their rulings and are duty bound to assist women in all 50 states who decide to terminate an early pregnancy) have also given industries permission to pollute and diminished the constitutional separation between church and state.
Regarding pollution, the feds will find workarounds. Conscientious states will respond with legislation to protect citizens.
Pollution, though, like illegitimate laws against a woman’s right to reproductive freedom, equal protection, and privacy, and like the sale of military weapons to civilians, doesn’t stop at the state line.
I might breathe poison manufactured in North Dakota, only a mile from where I write these words.
Nothing wrong with simplifying regulations to make life easier for small farmers and businesses, but not at the expense of our health. We have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The First Amendment protects religious freedom while specifically forbidding Congress to establish or recognize any religion, or declare that one religion is more important. It’s a sacred principle of our constitutional republic.
Of the judges who seek to weaken that principle, Amy Barrett is the alleged ‘handmaid’ of a Catholic cult; Ginni Thomas, the spouse and dominatrix of judge Clarence Thomas, was deprogrammed years ago and is now a whacko conspiracy theorist who still propagates Trump’s Big Lie about the 2020 election; Brett Kavanaugh was credibly accused of alleged rape during his confirmation hearings.
The separation between church and state is one reason we have a constitutional republic and not a feudal kingdom where some deacon or ayatollah or president keeps power. Trump lost a free, fair election, refused to admit defeat, and tried to retain power via an insurrection. He suborned fraud in Georgia, and in Washington hoped insurrectionists would hang his vice president.
In our constitutional republic, every citizen (finally: women couldn’t vote until 1920, remember) has the right to cast a free and fair ballot.
On July 4, we should celebrate that right: liberty and justice for all.
Either everybody counts or nobody counts. I choose everybody. What about you?
Alan Davis lives in Moorhead.
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