The President of the United States swears a pledge of office stating they will up hold the Constitution of the United States.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The 1st Amendment protects ALL religions and the exercise of those religions by a free people. But that also means that no one religion may be favored or set above the rights of others. Your right to pray to the cross can not and must not force your beliefs upon this free society and the rights of others to practice their own religion or none at all.
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.
By placing a cross, the 10 Commandments or any religious symbol on or in any building or property owned by the government, or representing the people of America in a public forum, that government is sanctifying one religion over all others. The freedom of speech and expression of one group does not mean their speech can degrade, vilify or impact the rights of others at the same time.
Every American should learn more about their own Constitution and keep their religion out of our political discourse! The Constitution and Religion.
A Day of Remembrance Overshadowed By Pettiness
This week in this heated political discourse over religion and politics there is much debate about this issue. It has heightened today on 9/11 as protesters against a Christian Cross at the World Trade Center are fighting in the court system to have it removed.
The argument centers around the fairness of singling out Christians who lost their lives that day. Hundreds of other spiritual or religious victims are being ignored because of this symbol. Their worth is no less important nor is their memory felt any less by those who knew and loved them.
The enforcement of one particular religion over all others is an affront to the men and women who have served and died for this country to sustain it’s rights for freedom. It is an affront to all those first responders who were Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Pagan or Atheist that risked their lives in all three locations of the 9/11 disaster.
Instead of focusing on the memories of those who were murdered in these attacks, some groups are using the moment to point fingers at previous administrations for their lack of knowledge, or lack of intelligence, or blame for allowing these events to happen in the first place. Once again vilifying religion takes precedence over the solemn memory of those who were victims and those who were heroes on that fateful day.
This type of negative discourse must stop becoming a weapon to separate us, not only from each other, but from our selves as well.
Raging War On Religion
Gov. Rick Perry said in his presidential campaign “As president, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.”
Sadly Rick Perry isn’t the only person, politician or not; who is spreading this type of negative propaganda in the name of a righteous religion.
The ONLY war on religion, is the one being raised by Fundamental Conservative Christians to undermine and subvert all other religions, or non-religious individuals and their rights to live in a free society, free from oppression, free from infringement and free from indoctrination.
This week the Dalai Lama said:
All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.
You can’t live your values of love and compassion in the name of your religion, when in the very next breath you are denouncing the practice of another as evil or immoral. It is not your place to judge others and their path of spiritual enlightenment or the lack there of. This is not the world according to you doctrine and your views. You are not “God”.
I don’t expect anyone to believe as I do. I don’t push my beliefs upon anyone or tell anyone their beliefs are inaccurate or wrong. I believe that all religions have some value and benefit. Spiritual beliefs give a person hope when they have none. They give us something to aspire to, and they are guides to live by for peace and compassion to one another.
But many religions have utilized their beliefs as justifications for violence, hate, bigotry and even war. Those are not glorified religions. They are doctrines of man made propaganda designed to enforce control out of fear, ignorance and ego. All the things that express the negative connotations of spirituality.
It’s a sad day when you can’t bow your head and say a prayer of your own making to a fallen loved one, a hero or a group of brave men and women who sacrificed their own lives to help others, in peace, compassion and love.
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