I was born to an Italian immigrant family and was raised a devout Catholic. I spent seventeen years in Catholic school, received all of my sacraments on schedule, I can even read and understand Latin. I did not always understand the prayers or the rituals, I went to Mass every Sunday and prayed the prayers that we were intended to pray.
My second year of college, I was in a Catholic college and I took a Metaphysics and Theology course (The philosophy of what is there? What is it like? How does it correlate with religious belief and the nature of god).
I wanted to better understand my religion and what I actually believed. Our professor was a PhD, he was a Jesuit, a brilliant man and a monsignor. At the end of the semester, he drew a mountain on a board, with a dozen or so squiggly lines from the bottom to the top. He named every line a different religion, everything from Abrahamic religions to people who worship the sun and even the Flying Spaghetti Monster a line of its own. He then said something to the effect of “We are all striving to go to the same place, but we’ve decided to take different paths. Do we know what the right path is? No. Do I believe we’ll find out? No. I don’t believe any of these stories, I believe they were written by Bronze Aged desert dwellers searching for a moral compass and trying to find a higher purpose for their existence.” The class was stunned, here is this man dressed in a robe and traditional clothing that you would expect to see a servant of the Catholic church in, telling us that everything we’ve learned isn’t true. He went on to say “This may sound strange, coming from a person who looks like me, but this is the only way I know how to serve humanity.”
I left that class that day conflicted. How could this be true? After everything I’ve learned, why is this making more sense to me than anything? That was the end of my faith. It was the end of my Catholic education as well. I transferred the next semester.
That brings me to today’s republican primary. “We are clearly called in the Bible to adhere to our civil authorities. But that conflicts with also our requirement to adhere to God’s rules, so when those two come in conflict, God’s rules always win.” says Marco Rubio. Really, Marco? In case you haven’t heard, we’re a secular nation, a nation of laws.
Ted Cruz, said the other day “I’m a Christian first, American second, conservative third and Republican fourth…I’ll tell ya, there are a whole lot of people in this country that feel exactly the same way.” I’m sorry, that should disqualify you as president. Country comes first.
When did “who is the most Christian” become part of the process when choosing the leader of one of our major political party’s? Our founders forbid that. Article Six of the United States Constitution establishes the laws and treaties of the United States made in accordance with it as the supreme law of the land, forbids a religious test as a requirement for holding a governmental position and holds the United States under the Constitution responsible for debts incurred by the United States under the Articles of Confederation.
Does this disqualify nearly half of the GOP field? Does it criminalize the Evangelicals, who are, in some way, issuing this test?
If you actually research our founding fathers quotes, regarding religion…and not ones fabricated by the religious right, they not only didn’t believe in god, they ridiculed it. “The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster cruel vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging three headed beast like god one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes fools and hypocrites. ” – Thomas Jefferson
How have we regressed so much? Perhaps they’ve time traveled from the time of the crusades, and they don’t know where they are? Maybe the Spanish Inquisition? Oh, I know, they’re Puritan’s and they want to start a new set of Salem Witch trials.
Since their religion is, in fact, threatening and straining the fabric of our society, is a “War on Christianity” necessary? They hate Islam and Iran and Saudi Arabia, but what different is their country from ours, should we let fundamentalist Christians take over? They embrace pastors such as Kevin Swanson, who openly and publicly calls for killing LGBT, his rhetoric and the disturbing passion in his voice leads me to believe that he would actually do it, if not for the law. They also embrace Pastors like Ben Bailey who preaches that women who get abortions should go to jail. These are “Small government conservatives” who are emboldened by Evangenitals…oops, I mean Evangelicals, who are obsessed with what’s going on in other peoples bedrooms.
Marco Rubio recently said that his faith and his god will influence policy…How am I supposed to trust you, when I don’t believe in your god or share in your faith? You’re a supposed Catholic, but your understanding of Catholicism is very different than what mine was. I believed we were supposed to love everyone and accept everyone, including gay people and only god was to judge. My grandfather, a devout Catholic, would recite a bible verse when we should help someone, it was from the book of Matthew, Jesus said to his disciples ” ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Referring to the poor, the ill, the disabled, a prisoner, the homeless. When was the last time Marco Rubio proposed strengthening social programs? That was a direct line from his savior. So, what does that make him? A hypocrite.
We do not live in a “Christian Nation.” We live in a secular country, a country of laws. Laws not made by god. You are free to worship whatever god you want in this country, but you are not free to force it on me. Can someone please call the GOP and inform them of such?
The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
~1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by Founding Father John Adams