It’s often hard to tell if the mouthpieces of the Christian right are mentally ill, delusional or just plain obnoxious. I’m thinking it’s a combination of the three. To wit, the latest rant by James Robison posted by Right Wing Watch where he excoriates those who want to practice ‘sinful ways.’ Immorality and greed are just a couple of the ‘sinful ways’ he mentions. According to Robison, we immoral people are forcing our ways on him. He doesn’t much like that.
WATCH (story continues below the video):
“Don’t force that rotten lifestyle on me and tell me it’s going to be the American way. Not as long as I’m breathing. Not as long as I’ve got a chance to stand up and turn the ship of state to safe harbor,”
Mr. Robison is misguided on two major fronts. First, we sinful people are not forcing our lifestyles on him or any of his right-wing, ultra-religious Christian crazies that think they were chosen by God to “turn the ship of state to safe harbor.” In fact, just the opposite is true. It seems to me that the Christian crazies are working the political process to create a full-fledged theocracy in this country, which runs counter to what is actually the “American way.”
This is the American way: We are all free to choose whatever religion we want to believe in. Conversely, we are guaranteed freedom from religion, if that’s what we choose. Contrary to Robison’s assertion, America is not a Christian nation. Never was. We are all free to do what we want in the privacy of our own homes. In America, we are guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and that means different things to different people. There is a separation between church and state because religion is private and has no place influencing politics and legislation.
In fact, in the January 2003 issue of Church & State magazine, Rob Boston writes:
What the Religious Right doesn’t tell people, and what, tragically, many Americans apparently don’t know, is that when it comes to determining what the laws of the United States mean, the only document that matters is the Constitution. The Constitution, a completely secular document, contains no references to God, Jesus or Christianity. It says absolutely nothing about the United States being officially Christian. The Religious Right’s constant appeals to documents like the Declaration of Independence, which contains a deistic reference to “the Creator,” cloud the issue and make some people believe their rights spring from these other documents.
Robison follows the pattern of so many other right-wing religious zealots in his assertion that we are a Christian nation, and it works not only because they are effective at clouding the issue, but also because Americans are clueless about what is written in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Their ultimate goal is to reshape our nation in a narrow, fundamentalist view. Not surprisingly, this not only involves promoting the errant notion that we are a Christian nation, but also attacking the value of science. The Christian right continuously refers to climate change and the energy crisis as hoaxes. They decry the theory of evolution and seek to teach ‘creationism’ or ‘intelligent design’ (which is nothing more than religion) in public schools.
Rob Boston, in an article on AlterNet, talks about the relationship between Americans and science:
We support science: While polls show some confusion over issues like evolution, most Americans are big fans of science and are quick to rally around the latest medical breakthroughs and cutting-edge technology. Many religious people in America long ago reconciled their faith with modern science. But the Religious Right remains stubbornly insistent that any science that conflicts with its literalist interpretation of the Bible must go.
Some of the brilliant anti-science information Robison disseminates on his site is that “We will never run out of energy as long as freedom-loving people are led and energized by the God of all creation.” Further on in that same piece when speaking about over-regulation, Robison states that, “Excessive government control is tyranny.” This is an interesting concept, because it would then follow that the government’s War on Women – which most certainly is being engineered by right-wing Christians – falls into that category. Rational people agree that the government regulating womens’ health care– like dictating that women cannot use contraception or choose to have an abortion – is more than a little excessive.
It is essential for all of us to make sure America keeps its secular focus. Religious freedom is something we are guaranteed in the Constitution, but the Constitution does not require Americans to worship. The collusion between our politicians and the Christian right will not make us a stronger nation – as they would have you believe – but a weaker one.
[Read More about James Robison here.]