You Gotta Pray to Win

You Gotta Pray to Win

Adrienne BoettingerMonday,18 August 2014

The Snap:

As we slowly lurch forward on this runaway campaign train to the fourth layer of mid-term election hell, let us take a step back to see how we are finding new and awful ways to sully the concept of democracy. Here at TSD we usually focus on the root of all political evil — otherwise known as super PACs — but as America becomes even more polarized, we find some asshat politicians and pundits determined to not only fling their opponents into the losing side of history, but to declare them unholy, unrighteous and against god’s plan.

The Download:

Assessing that institutionalizing a particular religion as the means of governance had led to countless bloody wars and massive oppression, the founders of these United States were adamantly in favor of the separation of church and state. So why are people who argue that the federal government has strayed from the tenets enshrined in the Constitution so ardently against freedom of religion?

Recently the chairman of Mississippi’s Tea Party led his flock in praying that Almighty God would be violent against establishment Republicans. So much of that concept is terrifying, starting with the act of invoking a prayer at the start of a campaign rally. In some areas of this country, any hint of Islam is taken as a sign that Sharia law will be rained down upon us all. And yet residents in these same areas argue vehemently for the Christian teaching of “intelligent design,” designated Christian prayer in public schools, and allowing corporations to practice their specific religion to the detriment of their female employees.

People may argue that allowing prayer in school does no harm but those people have never been singled out for being non-religious.  They’ve never had to explain to their daughters that their classmates do not hold the power to cast them into everlasting damnation because they don’t think the same way as everyone else.  They’ve never had to comfort their sons when they’re told their religion is wrong.

I’ve got nothing against religion or people of faith. Some of the best people I have known have been ardently religious. But I would stand in the face of oncoming traffic (or even listen to a Sarah Palin podcast for hours on end) to prevent my religion or anyone else’s religion from becoming the law of the land. Humans have carried out some of the most horrific acts of violence in the history of the world in the name of their god or gods. Why in the name of all that is holy (or unholy) would we want to turn our fairly democratic federal republic into a theocracy? 

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Washington PostLA TimesSalon, Daily Kos, Image Credit: Flickr



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