Okay, the derp is getting out of hand.
It seems a politician in Louisiana gave a speech to a group of constituents and said:
“We are either going to go down the socialist road and become like western Europe and create, I guess really a godless society, an atheist society. Or we’re going to continue down the other pathway where we believe in freedom of speech, individual liberties and that we remain a Christian nation. So we’re going to have to win that battle, we’re going to have to solve that argument before we can once again reach across and work together on things.”
Do I read that correctly? This creature refuses to work with anyone who disagrees with him until they stop disagreeing? Is he really saying that individual liberties do not include freedom of religion- including freedom from religion? A sitting US congressthing- who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States when he took office- is saying this in public? This can’t be real, can it? It has to be an elaborate prank, right? Right?
I mean, just look at the words of the Founders of this country:
Letter from President Washington to Sir Edward Newenham, June 22, 1792- “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.”
Thomas Jefferson- “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.”
“In every country and in every age the priest has been hostile to liberty; he is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”
Thomas Paine- “Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid or produces only atheists or fanatics. As an engine of power, it serves the purpose of despotism, and as a means of wealth, the avarice of priests, but so far as respects the good of man in general it leads to nothing here or hereafter.”
Jefferson again- “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”
Letter from President Jefferson to Thomas Whittemore, June 5, 1822- “Christian creeds and doctrines, the clergy’s own fatal inventions, through all the ages has made of Christendom a slaughterhouse, and divided it into sects of inextinguishable hatred for one another.“
Speech by James Madison to the General Assembly of Virginia, 1785- “During almost fifteen centuries, the legal establishment of Christianity has been on trial. What have been the fruits of this trial? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; and in both, clergy and laity, superstition, bigotry and persecution.”
The men who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to ensure that we could live free took great pains to make sure we, the People, remained free of religious tyranny as well. After all of that, this monumental ass-hat is couching his campaign rhetoric in religious terms. This speech would be right at home in Arabic or Farsi, and its sentiments are those of the Inquisition and the Crusades.
Now let us address the ridiculous notion that America is a “Christian nation”. Bullshit. In the first place, the First Amendment to the Constitution says- in part- “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
In the event a mere Amendment is insufficient to sway the theocratic pinheads who believe this creature’s tripe, let us re-visit another legal roadblock to establishing a christian dominion in the US: the Treaty of Tripoli.
“the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion…“
For those of you who didn’t do well in History or Civics classes (which might explain the inexplicable rise to power of such fungi as Representative Fleming), allow me to explain a key point, here. Once the Senate has ratified a Treaty and it is signed by the President, it becomes law. Article Six of the Constitution makes this fairly clear- even to mouth breathing retards who use superstition to catapult themselves to political power.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
That seems pretty straightforward. Only a complete and utter fuckwit would ever attempt to violate Constitutional Law in the blind pursuit of political power, right?
Oh, wait. That seems to be what we’re dealing with, here. Hmmm. At least such a pandering imbecile could never get elected by an intelligent populace …
Houston, we have a problem.
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