They make the argument ... that it has to do with a religion, and promoting a religion. God is not a religion. God is God.Got that?? God is not religion, he's just ... God! Wow, I never knew that! If God isn't religion, maybe I can believe in Him even though I'm an atheist!! I feel so much better now!
I haven't laughed out loud at something this idiotic for a few days. This quote is from Kentucky State Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a pastor of Christ is King Baptist Church in Louisville, and also the man who wrote the law that was struck down.
Riner is so deeply immersed in his Christianity he has utterly and completely accepted God's existence as fact, and can't even recognize the difference between fact and belief any more.
I've written about separation of church and state before (also here), but I'm sure I'll have to write about it again. One of the simple facts about religion is that it thrives if it can force itself on others. The forces of memetic evolution favor religions that survive, regardless of how or why. Churches and religions that meddled with government are the ones that survived and that are still with us today. Churches that stuck to teaching just religion were not so successful. So it's not surprising that many churches, and of course the leaders of these churches, like Tom Riner, have inherited a legacy of meddling with government, a belief system that tells them it's OK to violate the United States Constitution and to behave in an un-American way.