Thursday, October 27, 2016

HILLARY R C. isn't perfect but she is what I need in a President





America was specifically designated as a society that was NOT founded on Christianity. See Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11:

"As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [Muslims],-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation [nation ruled by the faith of Mohammad], it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries." avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/bar1796

You Christians (originally Catholics) have a history of violence and oppression going back to the Middle Ages and earlier. "You" lot have a history of waging wars against those not of your own ilk. See also the Crusades (note plural) sponsored by various medieval popes for both religious and political reasons. Is violent overthrow of governments and enslavement of non-Christians an acceptable ideal? I ask this as a Buddhist and Druid, neither of which can be even remotely considered Christian.

The great push to force Christianity to be the defect state religion in America started back around the 1950s, with the Red Scare and Senator Joe McCarthy. That is when "In God We Trust" was put on American money and when "[one nation] under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. Prior to that time, religion was kept at home and in church, where it belongs.

Is Christianity the majority faith in the USA? In essence, yes, with roughly 70% of the population claiming to be one type of Christian or another. But which branch of Christianity is the one that is supposed to be the leader? I don't know, since I'm not a Christian. However, as a non-Christian, I can tell you that I don't want to be forced to follow your religious beliefs, because they are NOT the ones that I choose. You do you, boo. Imma do me.

One thing that bothers me about the huge amount of public Christian faith (i.e. self-praise and what not) brings me back to your Book of Matthew. First, how does the public proclamation of faith square with Matthew 6:6biblehub.com/matthew/6-6.htm ?

Second, and I'll direct this to Bill, how does Matthew 22:21 (biblehub.com/matthew/22-21.htm) square with your suggestion that you want the American President and God in the same person? And, why is there such objection to some theocracies but not others?

For example, Saudi Arabia (Islamic theocracy) is acceptable but Iran (islamic theocracy) is not. Yet they are both Islamic states (not to be confused with Daesh) and Saudi Arabia literally beheads people in the street for not being good enough Muslims.

I refer you to Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." (www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_a)

As well as Constitution Article VI, Clause 3, specifically: "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States" (www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/article)
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