Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Fear for Our Country

With the Republicans continuing to embrace evangelicals, I fear for our country. Two hundred thirty-four years ago, a group of men got together and made a Declaration that all men are created equal. They wrote a Constitution that sought to protect the rights of the individual in matters of religious beliefs and made the radical decision at that time not to select a national religion. They understand the bullying power of the majority and sought to place protections in place for the minority.

Liberals, gays, Muslims, the poor, and now Haitians are being demonized. Pat Robertson says the earthquake in Haiti was a result of Haitians making a pact with the 'devil'. Well, the Haitians did, sort of. The made a pact with European 'devils' to buy their freedom.

Nonny Mouse at Crooks and Liars articulates my fears about our country in the post The Real Face of the Devil:

Now, the rest of it I can laugh about, it’s too ludicrous to take too seriously. But we’ve seen what happens when those with the ear of the gullible and the fanatic preach intolerance. And those who pray for death as a fitting punishment for those of any religion but the ‘true faith’ cannot stand back and claim their hands are clean and their conscience clear. They cannot preach bigotry and fanaticism and buy their way out with ‘humanitarian aid’ for the suffering – aid shackled to condemnation is not ‘humanitarian.’ They cannot be excused for being ‘delusional’ or ‘uncompromising’ or ‘pious’ or ‘misunderstood.’ Religion is not an excuse to give up one’s humanity, any more than National Socialism was. Those who preach death and intolerance in the name of God – anybody’s God – are no better than those who egged on the suicide terrorists who slammed planes full of innocent people into buildings.


Mark @ Israel said...

I agree that there are people who disguise themselves as angels when in fact they are demons. If we encounter this kind of people, we should observe closely their actions and not just listen to their words.

Kingfish said...

No Republican or Conservative takes Robertson seriously. I could use the same trick you did in this post: take the words of some nut and tar and feather Democrats and liberals with it. I didn't think those posters on Democratic Underground who rejoiced over Pat Tillman's death represented your side of the fence and I thought you were smarter than this.