Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Religious Bigotry

Like Sodom and Gomorrah, a country devoid of morals will fall. Whether one believes in a religion or not, a supreme being or not, we must live under a basic set of beliefs and values. A nation, will not survive as a Nation devoid of a strong sense of what is right or wrong. Moral decay and religious bigotry will be the downfall of even the strongest and most powerful of Nations. We must, therefore ensure, we are a Nation of Laws following a moral code of conduct. There must be something that guides us down the path of building a solid foundation of values.

In this Nation, we have the right to express religious faith. We also have the right to refrain from religious faith. There is a separation of Church and State. The left uses the constitution as the means to express their religious bigotry. We have radical judges threatening to throw people in jail just for saying terms like benediction, prayer, invocation, or moment of silence. This is a disgusting over reach of judicial activism. Nowhere in the constitution does it prohibit religious faith. Nowhere in the constitution does it prohibit taking the time to reflect from within. Whether one is religious or not, prayer, benediction, invocation, and even moments of silence don’t have to be considered religious actions. To some yes, it is a time to thank whomever one believes is the creator, for those that don’t believe it is an opportunity to reflect inward towards oneself. This is a private moment and doesn’t have to be considered religious whatsoever.

Many on the left criticize the Christian faiths whether it be the Catholics or evangelicals or one of the many other Christian based faiths. They criticize them for their beliefs and values. The left believes in abortion, so the attack the churches that disagree with them. The left believes homosexuality is fine, so they attack the religious faiths that disagree. What the left doesn’t say it that there must be guiding principles and just because some of the guiding principles may have been written in a religious environment doesn’t make them any less valuable.

Take the Ten Commandments for instance. The left doesn’t want them displayed in public/governmental buildings. My question is why? Just because they are the basis of a religious faith doesn’t make them any less valuable for a society. Shouldn’t we as a society honor our parents? Shouldn’t we always remember from where it is we came from. We must always remember our roots it is a part of who we are and what we have become. The first commandment doesn’t seem to be so religious in tone as to keep it from being posted anywhere in public. How about the second Commandment: Thou shalt not kill? Isn’t that a moral code everyone can live with? Does an atheist believe that murder should somehow be legal? Next is thou shalt not commit adultery. Certainly this seems appropriate; especially in light of the left making it such a big deal that CNN moderator John King made reference to adultery in his first question to Newt Gingrich in a Presidential debate. So even to the left, who despise religious faith, it certainly seems they believe adultery is an important question. How about thou shalt not steal? Again we are a Nation of Laws, stealing is considered wrong and doesn’t seem we need to equate that with some sort of religious belief. We can go on and on with the Ten Commandments. The bottom line is they are more a moral code than they are religious beliefs. One doesn’t have to be religious to believe in these tenets.

There are some that need to have a religious belief system in order to follow some basic right and wrong issues. Others may not need to have a religious background to have a strong commitment to what is right and what is wrong. What is important is that every society or civilization that ever rose to power and later fell the most common theme of failure is a moral decay from within. There those who believe in Sodom and Gomorrah in the literal sense. From the religious perspective they believe that their God destroyed these two cities for the moral decadence. However, just because many believe the story in the religious sense, does that make the story any less relevant to the decay of society? I would think that the guiding principles of religion concerning right and wrong are relevant to any society and relevant to all individuals; religious or not.

Every society needs to have laws based upon their values and belief system. The value system does not need to be based in a specific religion but it does need to be based on a moral code of right and wrong. I find it ironic that the left bashes religion; yet develop their societal agenda through the lens of anecdotal evidence. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had health insurance, wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had the same amount of money, wouldn’t be nice if every was treated equal regardless of capabilities? Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone respected the environment? See these are Utopian ideals that follow the basic tenets of the religion so many on the left love to hate. Stop the religious bigotry, and start living a moral code or watch as a Nation crumbles and falls.

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