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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fear, Loathing, God and Fox News






 

It seems all early colonial Post-Revolutionary War United Colonies (states and territories) consideration of religion related to protections against the State infringing upon the free practice of religion. In fact, it seems colonial Baptists sought protection against the more established  and majority Anglicans.

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Our sentiments are uniformly on the side of religious liberty: that religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals, that no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious opinions, [and] that the legitimate power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor. But sir, our constitution of government is not specific. . . . [T]herefore what religious privileges we enjoy (as a minor part of the State) we enjoy as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights. [2]
In short, the inclusion of protection for the "free exercise of religion" in the constitution suggested to the Danbury Baptists that the right of religious expression was government-given (thus alienable) rather than God-given (hence inalienable), and that therefore the government might someday attempt to regulate religious expression. This was a possibility to which they strenuously objected-unless, as they had explained, someone's religious practice caused him to "work ill to his neighbor." 
Jefferson understood their concern; it was also his own. In fact, he made numerous declarations about the constitutional inability of the federal government to regulate, restrict, or interfere with religious expression. For example:
[N]o power over the freedom of religion . . . [is] delegated to the United States by the Constitution. Kentucky Resolution, 1798 [3]
A dutiful and focused effort to preserve a right to worship without fear of oppression nor state sanctioned indifference. Indifference that could have led to persecution and as witnessed prior to the 1700s (even in England) in some cases physical extinction.

"Separation of Church and State!" 

A refrain, mindset and doctrine that has span centuries as prominently as "We the people." A refrain that now hints at GOP incorporation of religion into all matters of the "State." Is the overwhelming sentiment from America's conservative political party leading to a US Theocracy?"

Dictionary Dot Com

theocracy

[thee-ok-ruh-see] 


nounplural theocracies.
1.  a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God's or deity's laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.  
2. a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission. 
3. a commonwealth or state under such a form or system of government.


The definition leads to consideration of an existential reality: God and Christianity integral to political strategy and fodder for garnering votes. The GOP uses religious dogma in ways beyond devotion to one's faith (and admired and enviable state). Questions as to why should come forth.
Why is the nation so inundated with religious doctrine from the Right? 
Why have examples of the following become so prevalent since the end of the Bush Years? 
What has changed in America that has contributed to a heighten sense of urgency regarding religion and its place in US politics?
If you think answers to the questions posed above is far less critical than who won the last round of "Dancing With The Stars", maybe a bit of graphic reminder is in order. We offer a man who has had the best of both worlds. Mike Huckabee siphons off millions via contracts with Fox New when he isn't vying for the GOP nomination for president. Huckabee is also reported to be a reverend, and if the following is any indication of how he delivers a sermon, one should wonder about the dangers of growing religious intrusion into US politics.

Forward Progressive

Mike Huckabee goes on insane rant will call fire heaven
“God wants us to stand in the gap,” Huckabee said. “And sometimes my heart’s broken because, in our own country, a lot of pastors will stand in the pulpit but they won’t stand in the gap. We wonder why our culture has turned godless. We wonder why people don’t grow up understanding the fundamentals of natural law, the moral basis of our Judeo-Christian founding as a nation. Might it be that the problem is not the history classes in our high schools but the pulpits of America who have not taken what they even believe and applied it to the pulpit and to the people?” Here’s a fun fact: Huckabee is worth $5 million. I can’t help but wonder what Jesus Christ, and God for that matter, would think of someone having that much money – while millions of our most needy, many of whom are children, go to bed hungry every night.
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Huckabee's video is a sterling example of insane doctrine with a motive (money, political  expedience, dogma et al).


Now, take another look at a much more packaged and seasoned deliverer of dogma with a dual focus and strategic purpose.   Bill O'Reilly, goes over the top with a broadcast segment that touches into conservative manipulation of "God" (Christianity), as he delivered a Pat Buchanan like serving of white privilege with flaming racism.  All of which were bundled as vintage Fox News "FEAR."

O'Reilly Uncloaked. 

Fear and Loathing via God and Fox News.

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