What Does The 1st Amendment Really Say?
Steve Holt commented on my article, We Deserve Leaders As We Are, “But that does NOT mean what liberals want you to think it means... that God should be removed entirely from all aspects of public life."
I take Steve Holt as a decent honorable person who thinks liberals are Godless people. But why? I am a bleeding heart liberal and God-consciousness is the center piece of my life. Indeed I wrote a book called One God in You and Me, and you can also check my Technorati author page as a support of my statement. Most of my friends are liberal and progressive, and they are all God loving people. Therefore, it beats me why the conservatives call liberals God-less.
The problem is the conservatives would like us to believe that God and religion are synonymous, and that’s when it becomes a slippery slope. Take for instance the comment of the Tea Party Nation leader and founder Judson Phillips, a Tennessee attorney who issued a call to defeat Congressman Keith Ellison because he is Muslim. Phillips articulated, “There are a lot of liberals who need to be retired this year, but there are few I can think of more deserving than Keith Ellison.
Ellison is one of the most radical members of congress. He has a ZERO rating from the American Conservative Union. He is the only Muslim member of congress. He supports the Counsel for American Islamic Relations, HAMAS and has helped congress send millions of tax dollars to terrorists in Gaza.”
There are several misstatements and wrong acquisitions in this rant: 1) Keith Ellison is not the only Muslim member of congress. 2) He is not radical. 3) Keith does not support the Counsel for American Islamic Relations, HAMAS. 4) He did not help congress send millions of tax dollars to terrorists in Gaza.
It is not difficult to see that Phillips’ tirade was the result of his deep abhorrence towards the Muslims, however, it is exactly because of this reason our founding fathers wrote in the 1st amendment: “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.”
Our conservative friends may tell us otherwise, regardless, one’s religion shall not become an obstacle to serve the nation; not when that nation is called the United States of America.