Trump Administration takes the first steps towards implementing theocracy in America

You all know I tip-toe around when it comes to religion, for it is never my goal to offend anyone, and that’s hard as heck to do when religion is the topic. Our friend Robert Vella wrote the post I was contemplating, and did so much better than I could have anyway.
‘Religious freedom’ used to mean that we each had the freedom to follow any faith or no faith without interference from the government or from others. But in recent months, it has taken on a new connotation … one that I and others find deeply disturbing. The new meaning takes away the freedoms of any who do not comply with the evangelical Christians, almost as though Christianity were the “official religion” of the U.S.
Please take a few minutes to read Robert’s excellent post about the latest push for religious bigotry. Thank you, Robert, for this post and implied permission to re-blog!

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

The very first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as part of the Bill of Rights ratified in 1791, states that:

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 was intended and repeatedly affirmed to ensure two things for the new nation:  1) that the United States government would be formally secular, and 2) that United States citizens could legally practice their various religions freely and without interference from other religions.  In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, President Thomas Jefferson wrote:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes…

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19 thoughts on “Trump Administration takes the first steps towards implementing theocracy in America

  1. I don’t know if anyone has addressed this before, but it scares the bloomin’ hell out of a lot of us who USED to claim to be of the Christian persuasion. We don’t want to see this happen at all ether. There are millions of us who feel that way. But the right-wing conservatives yell louder than we do. The rest of us are out there trying to push others to recognize the dignity of all people. So how do WE get the presses’ attention. I, for one, and most of my friends, am tired of being lumped into that crazy arse group of fundamentalists. (rolls eyes…) They horrify me. Ooo! Let’s crucify anyone who is gay, but we just have to pray for the Strumpet because he’s misguided, so we can excuse his behavior. What a load of crap.

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    • You know … you have made an excellent point, and one that I have considered before, albeit only briefly. But in light of everything happening today, I think it is well worth making note of, and I think I will try to do a post on this topic. It is like everything else … it simply isn’t right to lump everyone into a label and assume that they all have the same characteristics, the same beliefs. Thank you for reminding me … Hugs!

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      • I think it’s interesting that in the midst of this fiasco the “Christian church” is doing some major changing. There’s a whole movement away from traditionalism. It’s called The Emerging Church and takes a lot of cultural things into consideration in its practices. Our church is wanting to become what is called a Reconciling Church which is a church that is accepting of anyone with any lifestyle, especially the LGBT community. You would think that would be a given in light of what Jesus taught. But not so as we’ve seen with the extreme right-wing conservatives.

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        • Interestingly, I was not aware of any of this. Granted, since I am not of the Christian faith, I don’t go out of my way to keep up with the trends within the church, BUT … one would think that with the radical ideology of the evangelicals, the types of changes, the movement that you’re talking about would be well publicized to prove to the nation that not all Christians are bigots and haters. Somebody needs to bring this movement toward tolerance into the limelight!

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          • You’re right. That’s kind of what I was getting at about getting the presses’ attention. Like our local paper has switched from featuring stories or news about the churches around the area. They’ve opted for all the “sensational religious news stories” around the world. But “community” starts at home. It’s like suddenly they’d rather gripe about the right wing conservatives than give the rest of us a voice. We have a wonderful nation-wide program we’re involved in at church called Family Promise. Families with no homes or jobs actually come spend a week in the church building while FP tries to help them find work. We feed them, provide beds, etc. So far this year we’ve found jobs and homes for 17 families and their track record of holding down those jobs is almost 100%. But do you ever hear about it in the news? Nope. Nor do you hear about our having joint meetings with the Muslims in the area. So how do we get THAT kind of news out there? And to be fair, I’m sure there are a lot of great R & D that feel the same way. But the news is all about the healine-making stuff these days — money and power. I don’t think this country has a chance to go back to normal if we don’t find out how to do that.

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            • Y’know … I think what it boils down to is the same concept as to why the press prints more blood and gore than good news. It’s what sells. People seem to thrive on violence, on mayhem, and good news bores them. There is a saying in the news industry: If it bleeds, it leads. Not fair, not healthy for our society, but it is just that … a blood-lust. And thus, the evangelicals who are screaming loudly and offending the majority of the population of this nation get the attention, for that excites people. Oooohhhh … lookee there … they want to ban gays from public places! But good things, churches like your own that are trying to bring people together rather than divide them are largely ignored. How to change it? I fear that until we find a way to change human nature, to make people kinder and more compassionate toward others, it will not change. Sigh.

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    • They certainly don’t practice the brand of Christianity that I’ve ever heard of, and it seems to me that their brand of the religion is more about hate than love. It is frightening to me to have our government getting involved in the way they are.

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  2. Dear Jill,
    I’m glad that you started the day with Charles Schulz (spelled correctly!) and then spent time with Pooh Bear, before visiting the turbulent times of Trump! I no longer recognize my country and wonder and worry if I ever will again. Some days the future looks very bleak indeed and November feels as though it will never come. At times it feels like I’m holding my breath and am always waiting to exhale. Thank-you for sharing this post.
    Just, Ellen

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    • I suspect, dear friend, that we will never return to the days pre-Trump. He and his presidency have changed the foundation, or at least made us see that the foundation had some cracks and chinks that we need to either repair, else start over and build a new house. I cannot begin to predict what our landscape will look like in 5-10 years, but I don’t think we can return to pre-Trump anymore than we were ever able to return to pre-9/11. Some things just shake it up too much to ever put it back together the same way again. That said, however, hopefully we learn some hard lessons from this and take steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Instead of going back to pre-Trump, hopefully we make it all something better in the future.

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