THE COMING AMERICAN RELIGIOUS WAR

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I consider myself a Republican, conservative Christian man of faith. The problem is that I am Greek Orthodox, which the vast majority of the GOP base does not recognize as being Christian.

I cherish my freedoms, including the freedom to worship the Almighty the way I want. I will be damned if anyone is going to use the political process to impress their religious views upon me – and that is exactly what thehNew Republican Party is hell-bent on doing./

At it’s heart, this conflict is about the same things that caused and fueled the European religious wars of past centuries as well as every Jihadi’s fervor.  This conflict is about power and hate – in particular, the power to hurt those you hate.

The New Republican Party hates women.  Allow me to rephrase that – it hates independent, educated, thinking women who work outside of the home. Let’s call them modern women. And the reason why they hate these women is because their social, intellectual, economic and sexual independence violates a myopic interpretation of antiquated religious doctrine that has nothing to do with the central message that Jesus came to us to teach.

The New Republican Party is waging a war on modern women, and they have corrupted Jesus to do it.  They want to force women out of the job market, out of public life, out of graduate school and back into the four walls of the male dominated homes where ancient Semitic women were imprisoned and enslaved.

The revolutionary message central to Jesus’ teachings – and the reason the political system of his day murdered him – is charity, freedom and love.  This American crusade against women is about selfishness, control and hate.

And, to get the power to hurt the women they hate, these American Taliban have taken over and corrupted the GOP.  They support insurance coverage for Viagra to foster men having sex, but they are dead-set against insurance coverage for contraception or the use of tax dollars to pay for an abortion.

And who pays the ultimate price for this draconian scheme?  Women.  Like a male chimpanzee, a man has recreational sex and then walks away.  The women pays the price for that mutual decision by having no choice but to carry that embryo to term and then raise that child by herself.  She cannot work. She cannot go to school. She cannot participate in any meaningful way in the political process.  She is back where she belongs.

And what is the New Republican Party’s solution to this horrible conundrum?  Just ask Rick Santorum. He will tell you with absolute certainty that his solution is not just correct, but pleases God.  His solution is, essentially, to outlaw sex for any other purpose than procreation.  If Santorum, and the millions of right wing Americans who support him, get their way, the power of government can and should be used to make sure that every single time two people have sex they had better be prepared to have a child, and if they don’t want a baby, then they simply better not have any sex.

This is only one example of what the New Republican Party wants to do to America.  They want to use the power of government to force each and every one of us to live lives no different than the Puritan’s lived in Salem back in the 1600’s.  They pick and choose among the ideals of our Founding Fathers, agreeing with the freedom to bear arms but disagreeing with the separation of church and state.  They want our every day lives, what we do in the privacy of our own homes, to be regulated, to be dominated, by their perverted view of Christian values.

They are masters at self-deception and outright lying.  They try to minimize what they are doing by calling it “social issues.”  When the world found out that the Virginia legislature – dominated by right wing religious fanatics – was passing a bill that would force every woman who wants an abortion to first get a big stick shoved up their vaginas, the outcry was so powerful that those responsible for that repulsive law scurried around like the cockroaches that they are and revised the law.  And the governor of Virginia expressed his disappointment that Virginia’s consideration of a “social issue” would get such a negative reaction.

One person’s social issue is another person’s freedom.  By legislating social issues, the New Republican party is trying to take away everyone else’s freedoms.

Our founding fathers were personally aware of the wreckage the European religious wars caused.  For thirty years, what is now Germany was the battlefield for protestant armies fighting catholic armies. Thirty years.  Our founders decided to spare the people of the new nation they were creating that same pain.  To do it, they manufactured, for the first time in world history, a nation where people could worship God any way they wanted, so long as that worship didn’t mix with political power.

But that separation of church and state our founders created no longer exists.  Santorum – who could actually be elected our next president – actually states publically that there should be no separation of church and state.

The result is going to be the very war the Founding Fathers sought to avoid.  But what the hell. As Tom Petty sang, everybody’s had to fight to be free.

I am prepared to fight to keep these people out of my bedroom and out of my wife’s vagina.  What are you prepared to do?

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17 Responses to “THE COMING AMERICAN RELIGIOUS WAR”

  1. Pretty awesome spot on analysis there. Can’t argue with a word of it and wouldn’t want to.

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  2. paulboylan Says:

    Thank you. Be glad you are a woman living in a society that embodies more American political values than America currently manifests.

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  3. After long and careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that abortion is totally and utterly wrong, in all circumstances. I’ve heard impassioned arguments for and against, and have not formed my opinion lightly.

    Many people fervently disagree with me. I like to think that they, too, have given the matter serious consideration, and that they have not formed their opinion lightly.

    I thank God that I live in a society that allows people to form their own opinions, instead of telling them what their opinion must be. I hope, for America’s sake, that you elect a president who will offer Americans that same freedom.

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  4. paulboylan Says:

    I agree with you, Cat. I believe that abortion is wrong. But I also believe that I am not politically empowered to interfere with that wrong choice any more than I am empowered to use the mechanisms of government to punish people for having recreational sex in the privacy of their own homes. In a perfect world, there would be no sin, but I am prohibited by my faith and my reason – which exist in harmony – from judging what is sinful and what is not. I can counsel, not dictate, not coerce, not punish – and that is the difference between people like me and the nutters on the American political right. The Virginia legislature wants to shove sticks up vaginas to punish women who even consider an abortion, but the same legislature struck down an attempt to require men who want Viagra to submit to a rectal exam first. I feel that is the very definition of hypocrisy.

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  5. Wow. You are passionate about this Paul, and I can see why. How ridiculous that the New Republican Party do not want to separate church and state. You’re right: it’s taking things back to the 17th century. Backwards, for sure. How dare they abuse political power to try and suppress women’s rights. How dare they dictate how they think people should behave. What a bunch of frigid prudes and wanders. I thought we had trouble in the Australian political system (we do), but this party sounds outright ridiculous.

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  6. ^wankers, rather.

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  7. paulboylan Says:

    They’re not allowed to wank. They think it displeases God. See Genesis 38:9. The actual message, for anyone who’s read the Old Testament, is that God is displeased if you disobey your father when he orders you to get your brother’s widow pregnant. Wankers are also the victims of religious wankers who misinterpret scripture.

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  8. Well I enjoyed five or six wanks this morning.

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  9. paulboylan Says:

    I wouldn’t be too concerned – unless you did it to avoid providing your father with a male heir like Onan did. If that is the situation, then I would be afraid.

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  10. It’s a fundamental problem. They seek power over others yet fail to hold to their own alleged values, look at how many have been caught out over the years.

    Personally I’m thinking of naming Kali as my God, and then pointing out if their religion allows action so does mine.

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  11. paulboylan Says:

    Why Kali when Shiva is so much more appealing?

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  12. bondiboy66 Says:

    Curious how these folks seem to have so much in common with say, fundamentalist muslims, what with the suppression of women and the combining of church and state. The most frightening aspect is that people are actually prepared to vote for them.

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  13. paulboylan Says:

    Democracy is only as good and wise as the people who vote within any given democratic system. Demagoguery is the ultimate flaw of the American political system. Mitt Romney is the only republican candidate that isn’t basing his campaign entirely on pandering to the fears and prejudices of the electorate; he is only doing it 90 percent of the time as opposed to Gingrich and Santorum’s 100%.

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  14. Hopefully this new GoP won’t be strong enough to defeat Obama. I can see its divided but will that stop some GoP voters from turning up to vote?
    Will they assist voters to register and to get to the polling booths on election day?
    Seriosuly, these munters need a good pasting.

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  15. PNB lets just say I’ve got strong hands and leave it at that …

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  16. Lets not forget their mouthpiece Rush Limburgs despicable attack on Ms Sandra Fluke over her address to the comittee on subsidising contruception medications. He used, how shall I put this, intemperate language.

    Didn’t that old bastion of the GOP ex president Ronald Ragean onec say “We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson, for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief.

    At the same time that our Constitution prohibits state establishment of religion, it protects the free exercise of all religions. And walking this fine line requires government to be strictly neutral”.

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  17. This not me – but I agree & I think PNB might as well

    “#GOP motto: Cognitive Dissonance. What happens when they claim small govt. vs. their intrusion into everyday life/our most intimate affairs.”
    Copied for the untwittered

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