But if someone could take a minute to explain our constitution to us, that'd be swell. Because, we thought we learned about this little thing in our constitution called the first amendment, which calls for separation of church and state. Since we were in the third grade and since we were young and gullible we believed it.
Here's where we get stuck. Let's say you believe in this whole separation of church and state thing, which we'd like to. OK, OK, so the first amendment doesn't actually mention separation of church and state. But since no one is challenging the interpretation let's just go with that common implication for now. What does it mean? No religion in schools. No religion in politics. So say you're some
Now also explain to us how is it that you are opposed to something like same sex marriage? What is it about it that bothers you? Do you not believe in equal rights for all citizens? Wait, you say you do? Then the answer can only be one of two things: a) your best friend is a cartoon character named Cartman or b) your church says so therefore it must be true.
Bam. Wethinks religion just dictated your political agenda.
|If this guy's running your campaign, you have bigger issues|
Oh, and did we mention that "conservative values" is politically correct code for religiously-driven agenda? But then again what do we know? We're just another, dime-a-dozen, Ivy-league educated liberal Jew who can make up words like "wethinks" because we feel like it and ignore all proper grammatical rules for kicks.
It's a good thing our current president, a democrat, has the sense to check all religion at the door as it has no place in politics in a country where christians and jews and muslims and atheists live side by side. It's a good thing he's not thanking his god in his speeches or doing any funny business like that. It's a good think religious holidays like Christmas aren't national or school holidays. Oh, wait...
Can we please just call a spade a spade? Can we at least admit that religion plays into our politics whether we like it or not? Then and only then, can we begin examining where we have fallen short of our democratic ideals. As Betty Ford said, admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. Or...wait, maybe was that was something someone said to Betty Ford. You think we know the answer to that? As if. Go ask a white male, will you? And when you're done with that, let's have an honest debate about what role religion does (and should) play in our supposedly agnostic political system.
Off our soapbox now.