“During a presidential candidate forum hosted by an Iowa homeschool group yesterday, Ted Cruz lashed out at the gay community for waging a “jihad” against so-called religious freedom laws in states such as Arkansas and Indiana.” Right-Wing Watch.
It is enormously depressing that after two hundred plus years, America is still having to struggle against the tyranny of religious bigots, who either do not understand why the framers of the American Constitution insisted upon the separation of Church and State, or just don’t care. In their insistence that their religious dogmas hold a Constitutional priority that was deliberately excluded, they display a vast ignorance of history. The framers understood, through the experience of religious privilege, in history, crippled the rights of free thought, of dissidence. The jihad, against progressive thought, against the rights of every man, every woman, that is being waged, is of their making.
These jihadists are, by and large, the same people who not only deny the science of climate change, but pass laws in their jurisdictions to forbid even the mention of the possibility (e.g. Florida). These jihadists are the very same anti-science, anti-intellectuals, who want to, if not forbid the teaching of evolution, want to place the myth, Creationism” on the same theoretical footing. Doesn’t matter that evolution keeps proving itself while the only evidence of Creationism is an untestable myth told by a people seeking to comfort themselves in a confusing world and written down in some early Grimms fairy tales type of collection and then declared as inviolable, unchanging Truth.
My suspicion is that the leaders of this anti-progressive jihad don’t really believe the nonsense they preach. They preach it because they think it the road to power. They preach it because the great unwashed public who have been taught how to perform technical tasks, but not how to think, are comforted by not having to stretch beyond their myths. The great unwashed want to continue to roll in the pigshit of their past, rather than be challenged. The power seekers know this, and they cultivate it to their own ends.
The First Amendment prevents the making of any law that would establish a religion, while allowing the free exercise of religion. Establishing a religion is taken to mean, also, favoring any religious dogma, or practice, over another. At the same time, the free exercise of religion has some limitations, as well. Certain religious expressions, such as the right of honor killing, as supposed by the Koran, are subject the Civil Law, which supersedes the Religious Law. While this is not stated, per se, in the Constitution, the outline of Civil Rights, as stated, ensures this, by my reading. The right of the practice of religion, in this country, seems akin to Voltaire’s idea that the right to swing my arm ends where the other fellow’s nose begins.
Religion and I are not friends, but we are not enemies either. What I resist and resent is the idea that your dogma should define my life.