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Monday, March 13, 2017

Freedom of Religious Choice in the State of Trump

I shouldn't HAVE to write this blog...but, then, I shouldn't have to write ANY blogs on common sense to other adults with the power to reason.  However, I find that I do, when I read a news story this morning about the Ethics Committee head for the Southern Baptist Church that find his very JOB as ETHICS head to be in jeopardy for questioning the church's loyalty to Trump.  Several Megachurch pastors have threatened to withhold money from the denomination specifically because he spoke against Trump, and the Wasthington Post says..

"Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist, told a TownHall columnist that he was “utterly stunned that Russell Moore is being paid by Southern Baptists to insult them.” Huckabee declined to speak with The Post."

...yes...the same Gov Huckabee that ran for President for the GOP and whose daughter is on Trump's staff at the White House.  But, if it bothers you that a party official is telling a religious body how it should believe, it doesn't stop there.  From Trump's twitter...

"Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
.@drmoore Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!

So....a self admitted sexual harasser of women, mega rich greed promoter, and angry warmonger is somehow qualified to proclaim who should and should not be the head of the ethics committee for a religious denomination because....why?  He is using his authority as PRESIDENT.  So, he assumes that as President he has authority over religious institutions, and...it appears...those denominations seem to be jumping in line to fall at his altar.

What happened to the freedom of religion?  See...the religious right are saying...we WON ..that is what.  Somehow, we have gone from a country that was founded by a people that ran from government persecution of their religious choices and established a first amendment that guarenteed the right to believe however you want and say whatever you want...to a religious politics that says their own religious leaders must be subject to their government head and all opposition must be silenced.

That is not the voice of freedom.  That is the voice of oppression of freedom, and the religious bodies of our current age have become just another example of state manipulation of religion via government appointed heads that have happened for thousands of years and still happen in every dictatorial country in the world...and now, our own.

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