Folks. Please give the article below a quick read and come back to the rest of our article here. I should not even have to write a piece like this after 200+ years of American religious freedom.
Please see the exact wording of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution below:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
We have some questions for all you Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals out there. What part of the term religious freedom do you not understand? Is it the religious part or the freedom part?
Little Cyndie Fundie says:
Well, Pastor Beverly B. Beverly, in his sermons—you know—always said that Christianity is not a religion—it is instead a faith. Well, being as how we fundies hate Muslims so bad—we were kind of thinking we could use that same neat little spin to argue that Islam is not a religion either—and maybe call Islam a political philosophy instead.
Sorry Cyndie. Christianity and Islam are historically, academically, and officially recognized as two of the several Great World Religions. This has been the case for at least a few centuries. Unless you are prepared to argue to the American people that a horse is really a chicken, I would advise you to back off this nonsense and do it fast. No one—and I do mean no one—outside of the fundies and their right wing extremists allies who dwell in Crazyville—is going to buy into such nonsense.
I will leave you with Thomas Jefferson’s final, before death quote that he left behind to clarify the meaning of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1786), which he wrote and which later fed into the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This statute was written to ensure:
“within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohametan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.”
Now that quote is just about as categorical as you can get. The central question I want to ask is this:
When are you Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals going to give up on moronic nonsense like this—and get back to the words and deeds of Jesus—in your heads, in your hearts, in your actions, in your daily lives, and in how you treat other people?
This moronic nonsense about trying to redefine Islam for your own purposes is precisely the sort of action that already has Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism buried neck deep in trouble with the American people—and with your own K-12 school children who desperately want to bail out of your churches. A crusade based on nonsense like this will end in utter disaster just like all of your other unwise and ill-advised crusades have since 1925—and by the time it is all over—you will be totally buried in trouble with everyone.
But I have to ask an even more important question here. If the fundies want to take away the American religious freedom of Muslims, how long will it be before they insist on taking away the freedoms of their other religious enemies? We know they hate the Roman Catholics. The history on that is known well. Then you know who gets hit next: the Jews who killed Jesus (See pograms of Europe); the Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, etc., and then the atheists, agnostics, and nones. If you can succeed in taking away one group’s religious freedom, then the religious freedom of everyone is in grave danger. It is that simple—and Thomas Jefferson thoroughly understood that.