Friday, April 15, 2005

The real opposite of progress

Hooray for the United States Congress. Just when I thought they couldn't get anymore depressingly entertaining, well they prove me wrong. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (the same Bill Frist who used his medical degree to diagnose Mrs. Schiavo based on 8 minutes of non contiguous video clips) has come out in a recent telecast and said that Democrats are "against people of faith" as reported by David Kirkpatrick in the April 15, 2005 New York Times.

People of faith, not only being a great catch phrase harkening back to "People of Color" (a term used in the civil rights movement), is not as all encompassing as one might think. Heaven forbid Senator Frist is referring to all peoples of all sorts of faiths. Don't be silly. People of faith are Christians, and Christians alone (because faith in any other religious dogma not affiliated with Jesus is just nutty). How do I know this? That's a good question. Perhaps my own crazy Jewish New England leftist liberal democrat leanings are biasing me against Senator Frist. Is it just the liberal media that's twisting his meaning when the phrase People of Faith is used? Oh, if only that were so.

Reported in the same New York Times article:
"As the liberal, anti-Christian dogma of the left has been repudiated in almost every recent election, the courts have become the last great bastion for liberalism," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and organizer of the telecast, wrote in a message on the group's Web site. "For years activist courts, aided by liberal interest groups like the A.C.L.U., have been quietly working under the veil of the judiciary, like thieves in the night, to rob us of our Christian heritage and our religious freedoms."

Yes, when I think of various organizations damaging this country the A.C.L.U is right up on the top of the list. We don't need all those pesky little freedoms (freedom of religious practice included) they are always trying to protect.

Luckily all religions share the same core beliefs as the Christian right. If they didn't, this desire to force conservative Christian doctrine into our legal decisions would not only be a huge gaff in regards to the separation between church and state, or in the separation of powers and that whole pesky governmental checks and balances thing written by the founding fathers in the constitution, but a slap in the face of all faiths outside of Christ. I wasn't aware that simply as an American I have a Christian heritage. Boy won't that be a kick in the pants to my father, a Rabbi since 1978.

Yeah, only good things will come of this. Now if anyone needs me I'll be in my room banging my head against the wall until the 2006 elections.

1 comment:

james said...

That quote made me furious. I am SO tired of the "hard-right" Christian conservatives saying that the Democrats are against faith. We are for ANY faith, not just Christians. I myself am very spiritual. I am a Buddhist and I am VERY liberal. I could care less what religion you believe in. I just believe that you have the right to believe ANYTHING you want.

Anyway, I really liked this post and I love your blog.