It seems that the some people in the United States, have become increasingly more hostile toward God and religion.
At the center of this discussion right now is President George W. Bush. President Bush is being vilified by a left leaning press and the liberals in this country for openly discussing his faith. Al Gore even went to the extreme of comparing Bush's faith to the extremism of Islamic Fundamentalists. The still bitter loser in 2000 seems to think that Bush's religiosity is somehow wrong, yet Gore plans to speak at churches throughout the south in order to try to scare black voters into falsely believing that they will be intimidated from voting, as the left continues to falsely claim happened during the 2000 election. Does Gore believe the people that he will speak to in these places are not religious? Many of them might even share the same beliefs that President Bush holds true.
Why is it that only conservatives are criticized for their faith? Joe Lieberman was open about his Jewish faith during the 2000 campaign, yet never once was criticized about it. John Kerry keeps trying to tell everyone that he is a man of faith, and he gets a pass. Oh wait. I get it. Liberals know that other liberals who claim to be religious are really just pandering to get idiots willing to accept someone like Kerry's or Clinton's religiosity as genuine.
Fran Libowitz of Vanity Faire has said recently that secular governments are the ones that have fostered progress in the world and that faith or religiosity has limited progress and change. Does she forget that most of the major political movements that have fostered change in this country have been lead by religioous people in the United States. I believe that it was religionists were the ones leading the way to end slavery, viewing the enslaved Blacks as children of God and deserving of the same rights as all others in this country. The women's suffrage movement of the early 1900's got much of its traction by religious groups in the USA. And Dr. Martin Luther King was a REVEREND not a secular humanist.
And lest we forget that among the first successful settlements in this country were Puritans seeking religious and economic freedom. The constitution asks simply for a separation of Church and State. This means that the Government should endorse no religion as an official state religion. It does not mean that the people should remove the word God from the Pledge of Alegiance.
I for one am comforted by the fact that President George Bush prays. I pray and I know that it helps me. Its better to hear it from a man like George Bush, who is sincere in his faith (no one doubts this) and men like Clinton, Gore, Kerry and the like who slap on the moniker of "faith" only when it suits their political needs. Liberals if you want to live in a secular society move to Europe.
From the Point of View of a Red State American
Friday, October 22, 2004
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