THE MODERN UTOPIAN


 

TAKE GOD OUT OF POLITICS

FIRST STEP: 

    Investigate churches who contribute funds to political candidates. Take away their tax esempt status if found guilty.

    Prohibit funds going to religious organizations  for any purpose, including private schools.

    All funds received by churches from their non-religious activities and which are not earmarked for a special charity, such as operating a retail store or concessin, must be taxed the same as with oany other business.(Such organizations as the Salvation Army and similar church -sponsored thift stores would be exempted, if profits go to benefit people in need, not the religion itself.)

 

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    Our nation was founded by people who had experience with the tyranny of religion in politics.   Many of these founders were either Deists or unaffiliated with any particular religion. 

    There is no mention of "God" in the Constititution. 

    In fact, "Under God" and "In God We Trust" were only added to the Pledge of Allegiance and the coinage in the 1950s.  This was to distinguish ourselves from those supposedly atheist Communists

    The Bill of Rights guarantees "freedom of religion". That mean the no religious point of view can be imposed on any individual.  Each person is free to believe as s/he wishes, without social coersion by others, either explicitly or implecitly.  

    That guarantee is misunderstand by those who want everyone to believe as they do. 

In the USA those types are usually Christians who think that the country was created as a "Christian Nation". 

    Sorry, folks, this a America, not a theocracy.  

The founders clearly believed in the separation of church and state ("no establishment of religion"). There is not even a mention of religion or God in the Constitution.   It was clearly meant that   the government would be secular (separate from religion).
    And, "free exercise thereof" seems obvious to mean "no particular religious believes can be imposed on people" (freedom to believe as
a person wishes).
    These people escaped religious prosecution in Europe.   They knew what befalls people when there is a Theocracy. 
    In my personal history, the family were French Huguenots and were persecuted and left for England (name changed from "Beauchamp" to "Fairfield"). They came to America for the same reason: the King's church was Anglican.
    If you look at what the writers of the Constitution believed (one example below from Thomas Jefferson), you will find that many of   them were Deists (belief in one God, not Christianity).  Some were even anti-religion.
Read Thomas Paine's Age of
Reason.
    America is the "land of the free" - particularly
as it involves religion.   #

        While president in 1802, Thomas Jefferson wrote:

    "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions,
    I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should  
        'make no law respecting an establishment of religion,   or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.'
    Thomas Jefferson penned another phrase, arguably his most famous after those from the Declaration of Independence.  He said there must be a 
       "a wall of separation between church and state".
    This lies at the heart of the ongoing debate between those who see America as a "Christian Nation" and those who see it as a secular republic. 
    A portion of a letter from Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush further explains his opposition to favoring any religion over any other.   It is the source of the quotation which is inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial, and was written in response to the accusations of Christian clergymen in Philadelphia:
            "I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
 
PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO UNDERSTAND THE CONSTITUTION AND WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT,
AGREE WITH JEFFERSON.
CHURCH TAX-EXEMPTION ISSUE
"When LBJ passed the tax exemption for churches, they were to stay OUT of politics.  They have NOT. The right has grown financially wealthy because of this law and the American people have paid for it. NO MORE! The Catholic and Mormon churches have done the same.  I do NOT and will NEVER agreed to churches "taking care of social programs. In order   to get help, people have to agree to listen to their dribble.  If you want    to help people, HELP THEM.  NO strings attached !                                  - Faye E. on Facebook 
 
Recommended:  The book and the movie,
"What's the Matter with Kansas".  Demonstrates what happened there: 
From populist (progressive) in the early 20th century to right-wing
Tea Partiers today, thanks to the fundamentalist Christian preachers     who told them how to vote.