Ben Shapiro’s sermon at Townhall.com this week (I wonder if he wears liturgical vestments while writing this stuff or, at least, sits on a Holy book) is titled: Dreaming Of A World Without God. No need to hear the entire sermon, if you know the Townhall crew, you already know that you either believe as they do or you go straight to Hell and, as a bonus, you take the entire United States of America with you!
According to Shapiro and the other right-wing religious extremists, morality is based on the the firm belief that there is a God up in a heaven watching us, wringing his hands at our every misstep and preparing a list of hellbound souls. He criticizes Christopher Hitchens’ statement in his new best seller, “God Is Not Great”: “We believe,” Hitchens wrote, “with certainty that an ethical life can be lived without religion.” Shapiro states, in reference to that quote, that “Hitchens, consciously or unconsciously, speaks for the liberal movement.”
There you have it, right from the pen of one of ‘God’s warriors:’ If you do not endorse organized religion or at least believe in their ‘hand-wringing’ God, you are a bad, bad person — aka, a Liberal. NO separation between where you stand politically, how you act in your personal life and what, if any, God you believe in.
It IS fair to state that your political beliefs, your personal actions and your religious beliefs or disbeliefs are all tied up into one big bundle and that that bundle represents YOU! But to imply, as does Shapiro, that those three aspects of “you” are inseperable, is an affront to what this country stands for. The Religious Right may have no respect for individual freedom, but personal, political and religious freedoms are the very basis of this country’s founding documents.
It is evident that the Religious Right has little respect for the basic separation of church and state that is legislated (not suggested, mind you, but legislated) by the first phrase of the First Amendment to the Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; . . .”
Granted, I’m not suggesting that the Religious Right has attempted to pass a law making Christianity the religion of the land (not that they wouldn’t love to), but they continue to behave as if this law exists! The proof! A proposed Constitutional Amendment that bans same sex marriages and the open advocation of laws that ban abortions except in the most extreme circumstances; there is only one rationale for these laws and that is that these practices run counter to religious beliefs!
I’ll close my rant with Mr. Shapiro’s closing rant — it’s a gem! It should be chiseled onto a slab of granite and place upon a burning bush (or at least embroidered onto a large hanky) :
“We have witnessed four decades of a punctuated slide down to the ant heap, thanks to the morality of those who reject the possibility of the soul and the righteousness of the Divine moral mission. But it is not too late. It is never too late, as long as the Divine spark smolders in the human heart — the spark that is always ready to burst into a renewed flame of enlightened morality. And no amount of liberal obfuscation and atheistic bluster can extinguish that spark.”
I don’t know about you but to me phrases such as “the righteousness of the Divine moral mission” and “a renewed flame of enlightened morality” stink of a desire for the American Theocracy theorized in Kevin Philips’ bestselling book by the same name.
Townhall.com: Dreaming Of A World Without God
The Atlantic Online: Crises of Faith
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