Christians and Congress, Take 1
"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." George Washington
What in God's name is going on here?? And I mean that literally. Congress is duking it out over religion while the country watches in--dare I say it--disbelief.
Christianity has gone from personal practice to partisan politics faster than you can say, "Bill Frist is a Right Wing nut." Seemingly overnight we have seen "Anti-Christian" and "Christian" replace the labels "Liberal" and "Conservative" in a partisan battle over choosing federal and Supreme Court judges.
And who's joined President Bush in leading the charge? "Christian" Senator Bill Frist. The Senate majority leader. Using religion to make political hay. Edward G. Robinson voice, "Where's your Separation of Church and State NNNOOOWWW?"
For Bush, Frist et al there isn't any, shouldn't be any; Christian faith rocks and everything else rolls. Frist headlined a telecast yesterday in Louisville, KY, called Justice Sunday, organized by Christian conservative groups to denounce the Democrats as "against people of faith" for blocking radical right wing judicial nominees. The program was beamed out to millions of people in churches, over the internet and on Christian radio and television.
Here's a quote from Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, organizer of Justice Sunday:
"As the liberal, anti-Christian dogma of the left has been repudiated in almost every recent election, the courts have become the last great bastion for liberalism. For years activist courts, aided by liberal interest groups...have been quietly working under the veil of the judiciary, like thieves in the night, to rob us of our Christian heritage and our religious freedoms."Ooookay. It's out in the open now. Christians are running the country and Anti-Christians are so pissed off they've joined forces with the courts to destroy them. How do you reply to such a bizarre claim?
New York Senator Charles Schumer has one answer, "No party has a monopoly on faith, and for Senator Frist to participate in this kind of telecast just throws more oil on the partisan flames."
Well of course I can agree with that. But when the hell did American politics become about Religion instead of ISSUES?
Right about the time George W. and Bill F. started having personal conversations with God on running the country, that's when. Can you imagine what our nation's first George W. would say about that?