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18.3.04

Bad Religious Right! Bad!

Today I got a piece of mail from an organization called The Interfaith Alliance. According to their letter, they are rallying against the Religious Right in order to prevent Congress from enacting legislation that would allow houses of worship to:

participate directly in political campaigns
endorse or oppose political candidates
distribute partisan voter guides; and
still maintain their non-profit, tax-exempt status

What I want to know is this: has the Religious Right ever read the Constitution? And for that matter, have those members of Congress who are supporting this ridiculous legislation? Has nobody in this country ever heard of a separation of church and state?

Because I vehemently hate the Religious Right I am definitely going to keep myself abreast of the news concerning this legislation. And if, perhaps you are someone who thinks that they agree with the Religious Right, I am reprinting a small collection of quotes that came with the material from The Interfaith Alliance. Here is what these so-called moral leaders believe in:

"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle...I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"
Jerry Falwell, speaking about the September 11 terrorist attacks, The 700 Club

"You say youre supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist."
Pat Robertson, The 700 Club

"(T)he feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
Pat Robertson, The Washington Post

"Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism."
Randall Terry, Indiana News Sentinel

"Women are less equipped physically to 'stay on course' in the brawling areas of business, commerce, industry, and the professions."
Pat Buchanan, San Francisco Chronicle

I'm telling you, if that shit doesn't make your blood boil, I don't know what will. True, these may be the comments of a few men, but they are powerful men who want to make us all conform to their antiquated religious beliefs which come from a very narrow reading of the Bible. I may not consider myself a person of faith, but these people would take away my personal liberties because I have a vagina instead of a penis. We ARE NOT a Christian nation, but I do believe that we are a nation of faith, and my faith lies in the Constitution. I have faith that rational, modern American people will put these disgusting men, their notions and their legislation down. Think of the Spanish Inquisition, think of the burning of heretics in Queen Mary's England. Think of the Holocaust. These people's ambitions might not bring back mass genocide, but it would definitely be a mass genocide of our civil liberties. I'm making a contribution to The Interfaith Alliance and I kinda think that everyone who believes in a free America should do the same.

posted by Lauren@ 5:03 PM

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