Sunday, July 01, 2007
Blogs against Theocracy
Watching our nation plunge farther and farther into an abyss of Religious Fundamentalism is rather like watching a bad train wreck. I feel powerless to stop it. The Creation Museum presents a “walk through history.” Designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life. That is THEIR description, not mine.
There are other voices far more eloquent than mine, schooled in law, schooled in science, who can say more clearly than me why we must protect the First Amendment. I thought about focusing on the 1925 Scopes Trial which was a test case on The Butler Act of 1925 which prohibited teaching that mankind had evolved from a lower order of animals in the state of Tennessee; or, more specifically, it prohibited teaching anything that conflicted with the description of man being a direct creation of God as written in Genesis.
I thought about this, and then I think, why? Right now, I would simply be singing to the choir - all of us who are participating in the blogswarm know the dangers of a theocracy. Some of us are atheists; some agnostic; some are Christian; some are Jewish; I hope there are Islamic bloggers participating as well. We know that any theocracy that demands strict adherence to a narrow religious path will severely punish non-believers.
Here's the thing: I believe in a higher power. I have a god of my own understanding. I don't want, or expect you to believe as I do. I expect you to do your own thinking, and to reach your own conclusions. I have come to my own path because of a personal descent into addictions, and the road to recovery which I have been on for nearly 19 years. And my personal path is just that: I am deeply grateful that the program of recovery that I belong to is NOT allied with any religious sect, nor does it demand a specific belief out of me. If it did, I would not be able to participate. For me, the god of my understanding is often as simple as Good Orderly Direction.
So it was intended in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States:
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.
This separation of Church and State is the essence of freedom in the United States; or it was. What we see instead is a train wreck of thinking. We have an administration that terrorizes its own citizens with repeated lies and misdirection; people stop thinking when they are in fear. We become paralyzed with fear.
I am not anti-religion. I am against the teaching of hate and suppression in the name of religion. I support First Freedom First, which is diligent in protecting our First Amendment Rights. And I am a proud participant in The Blogswarm Against Theocracy.
(cross-posted at The Fat Lady Sings and The Katrinacrat)