Tuesday, October 23, 2012

American History, Politics and the Religious Right

Al Stefanelli is a former Southern Baptist pastor as well as being the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc. Talk about a complete 180!

He has an article on Revisionist History that is well worth the read. In it he takes apart the movement among the Religious Right to recast this as a Christian Nation:

Instead of recognizing the Declaration of Independence as an important document stating our insistence to individual freedom and a government of the people, by the people and for the people, it has been relegated by the religious right as a weapon to promote their desire to bring the United States back to a form of government that is almost identical to the one we originally fought so hard to be free of.
The sole purpose of the Declaration was to “dissolve the political bands,” not to set up a religious nation. Its authority is based on the idea that “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” which is contrary to the biblical concept of the Theocracy that the Religious Right seek to impose upon us.
There's a lot more, so be sure to read it and bone up on the facts, so when that IBIL* of yours starts spouting that Christian Nation crap at your next get-together, you can beat him into submission -- verbally, of course; I don't want to sound like I'm promoting violence (even though he probably deserves it).
[*IBIL = Idiot Brother in Law]