Friday, May 22, 2009

Rep. Paul Broun's un-American "Year of the Bible" Bill

U.S. Congressional Representative Paul Broun's Bible Bill, which would declare 2010 the "year of the Bible," is the most blogged about topic this week, and no wonder. Even his conservative colleagues thing it's a terrible idea, a clear violation of the Constitution. I don't need to add my voice to the thousands condemning this idiotic proposal.

But what I found both amusing and offensive was Broun's response in an interview with POLITICO:
Broun rejects the critiques leveled at this effort.

“This doesn’t have anything to do with Christianity,” he said in an interview with POLITICO. Rather, he says, it seeks to recognize that the Bible played an integral role in the building of the United States, including providing the basis for our freedom of religion that allows Muslims, Hindus and even atheists to vocalize their own beliefs.
Got that? Even atheists!!

Think about that for a moment. What if Broun had said, "even Jews," or "even Blacks," or "even gays"? How would you feel about that? Why is it that Broun can get away with insulting atheists, when an insult to any other religious or ethnic group would have the media howling for blood?

Jeez, I'm so thankful that thankful that the Bible was the responsible for freedom of religion in the United States! But wait, I thought the founding fathers, the guys who wrote the Constitution, were mostly not traditional Christians. Weren't a bunch of them Deists, agnostics, and at least one an outspoken atheist? Maybe it was their diversity, and their direct, personal experience with religious oppression, the exact opposite of Broun's assertions, that made them realize how important the separation of church and state is.

But Broun shows his true colors with the phrase "even atheists." Clearly he views atheists as a separate, less-than-wholesome subcult of some sort, requiring special constitutional protection due to our radical beliefs.

Mr. Broun should be ashamed of himself. But of course, he won't be. Like all intolerant people, whether racist, sexist, or religious, he probably doesn't even realize what a glaring mistake he made.

2 comments:

  1. You are so stubborn aren't you haha.
    First of all, the bible wassss the foundation of this country. So know your facts first.

    Every fourth of July the United States of America sets another world record of the longest standing government. Right now it is two-hundred thirty-two years under the same Constitution. Well, what makes America so different from all of the other nations that change their government so often?
    Well, John Adams answered to a question “Who is responsible for American independence?”. He started naming people like Rev. Dr. Samuel Cooper, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mayhew, George Whitfield, Rev. Dr. Charles Chauncey, Richard Alan, Absalom Jones, Limiel Hanes. He kept listing preachers. Do we study these guys today? These preachers, both black and white shaped so much of America.
    Why would John Adams name a whole bunch of preachers? Well, the Declaration of Independence was all covered at the pulpit, so it was nothing more than the sermons that they were hearing at church. Adams knew that, that is why he named so many reverends.
    The fifty-six who signed the Declaration all relied on a single book. It was called the Two Treatises of Government by John Locke in 1765. This book sites scripture over fifteen-hundred times. It is claimed that they copied the Declaration of Independence out of this book. Also, this book was used in law schools to study law, but has been taken away for about thirty-five years.
    Nowadays law schools teach students that the reason this country is thriving so much is because it is so secular, and it has always been secular. One of the books they use in law school is called The Godless Constitution. If you look at the note on sources that it has at the end of the book, it states: “…the material we have cited is for the most part familiar to historians and political scientists, we have dispensed with the usual scholarly apparatus of footnotes…”. These so-called PhD Professors wrote this with out any historical facts to back it up. Out of the 56 who signed the Declaration, they use only two names: Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, the two least religious people in the room. And by that information they come to a conclusion that all of the people who signed it were atheists and agnostics.
    Also, if we find out the purpose of what the government was intended for, we will understand that it was nothing more than to help us glorify God in every way. It was used to protect us and help us live lives that pleased God. How do we know this? Well, if we look at, for example, the Declaration opens out with “…we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…” They understood that there is a Creator and He has the ultimate authority. Also, they believed in life, which meant they were Pro-life (against abortion). They called these rights unalienable, which meant it was impossible to take these rights away; they were protected by the law.

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