Friday, April 22, 2005
"He should not have to choose."
Well, of course. It was Jesus himself who said,"Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and render unto God what is God's." SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!!!!! Plus, this poster is infering that "people of faith" are only Evangelical Christians which is ABSURD!! There is a seperation of church and state to protect BOTH the state AND religion!!
Not to mention the fact that America was pretty much founded by people who were fleeing religious persecution and a state religion!!! It's all in your basic history book.
The Family Research Council, James Dobson and the "Rev." Dr. Senator Bill Frist will engage in a disgusting attack on one of our most basic rights as Americans this coming sunday. That being our freedom OF religion and freedom FROM religion.
This from the FRC website:
Justice Sunday, scheduled for April 24, 2005, is a unique event designed to remind our U.S. Senators that the opportunity of public service must be fully open to people of faith.
When were "people of faith" ever denied a right to serve in the public sector??? And since when did conservative Republicans have the lock on "faith." Last time I checked the democratic leader of the House of Representatives is a Mormon and believe me that is very much a faith and a very conservative one at that. Yet, here is Harry Reid (a democrat) and a Mormon. Hmmm. I guess he isn't a true "person of faith"??
He of course is not the only democrat who is a "person of faith." Hell, I'm an extreme liberal and I'm still a "person of faith." Unless of course Buddhism is no longer considered a religion (and I would not be at all surprised if James Dobson, FRC and Sen. Bill Frist felt that way).
Now, regarding these judges.
Let's remember that the United States Senate has approved 204 of Bush's nominee's out of 210. So, the democrats are only talking about filibustering 10 extreme candidates. The President and his fundamentalist Christian base have been granted some 95% of their judges and yet they scream that the democrats are "obstructionists." Not to mention that the Republicans used the filibuster to block certain judges under the Clinton administration. Now all of a sudden the filibuster is "unconstitutional."
There should not be a religious test for our judges. It does not matter what religion that you claim as a judge because your religion should not color your judgements as a defender of the United States Constitutional law. Which is so wonderful and has worked for over 200 years because government and religion have not mixed.
I think that most of us like our religion and like our government but not the two at the same time.
To paraphrase radio talk show host Randi Rhodes, "We have tax-exempt churchs wanting to tell us how to spend our tax dollars. So maybe what we should do is walk into their churchs and say how they should use their "collection plate money!!"
I am a Buddhist and an American but I certainly do not want a Buddhist judge to use his/her beliefs to legislate and influence his/her judicial decisions.
This "Judicial Sunday" is outrageous and everyone of faith (and I do mean every faith, not just evangelical Christians. This includes: Catholic, Baptist, Buddhist, Hindu, Mormon, Pagan, etc.) should stand up against this and the politicians who support this kind of action.
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