The Divided States of America: Neglecting Freedom for the Sake of Christian Beliefs

Liberty is a fantastic idea! In America, Freedom is subjective depending on your religion, except for Muslims, atheists, and agnostics.

Politicians are liars when “defending” the Bill of Rights. Well, except one politician, Bernie Sanders, who gained my support and vote for his candidacy for POTUS this 2016 election year.

Congress shall make no [any] law respecting an establishment of religion [Christianity].
First Amendment

The question, “Senator Sanders, do you believe that God is relevant, why or why not?,” was asked by a Flint, Michigan voter during the March 6th Democratic debate.

As an atheist, I shudder responding to religious rhetoric, because I am considered evil, wary, Wrong, etc. Religious liberty excludes us non-followers and non-believers: America’s new minority.

Bernie Sanders replied, “Well, I think — well, the answer is yes, and I think . . . God whether it is Christianity, or Judaism, or Islam, or Buddhism, what we are talking about is . . . do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.”

The summer of 2015 advanced human civility in America, a little bit, with the Supreme Court permitting same-sex marriage as a national Right. Christians hate it and demand “Their” religious freedom.

Today, two of the five Republican candidates (Cruz, Rubio) invoke their religious ‘beliefs’ as a Right for all citizens abiding their convictions opposing same-sex marriage. Trump (and Cruz—oddly) wants each state handling the issue according to the 10th Amendment. Kasich seemingly conforms to the current ruling. Additionally, abortion is mightily illegal and immoral.

The Democrats (Clinton and Sanders) advocate both LGBT rights and Pro-Choice.

Therefore, Christians (Republican majority) demand universal laws enforcing their scripture as requirement for Freedom. If married homosexuals and women aborting a pregnancy is immoral, then I’m an abolitionist-feminist-atheist. I’m neither gay nor pregnant (I’m a male). I’m happy not interfering homosexuals’ and females’ right to their Liberties. USVA_headstone_emb-16

The First Amendment is blind to “In God We Trust,” but why? The phrase illegally invaded our justice system from 1861–1864, according to the U.S. Dept. of Treasury. Claiming God on money somehow gave the nation strength during the Civil War.

Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.

You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition.

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President John F. Kennedy was the first to have “In God We Trust” viewed behind him in the House of Representatives.

The 87th Congress publicly rebelled a Supreme Court decision against prayer in schools (1962, H.R. 740). If you’ve watched any State of the Union Address, you’ve seen the gold bling “In God We Trust” behind the President.

 

Ted Cruz claims he knows the Constitution, but fails his interpretation to the public. Interpretation of both the Old and New Testaments follow the same failure. For example: slavery and women inferior to men are virtuous in the Bible. Christians subject themselves to personal emotions rather than actual scripture.

Judeo-Christian heritage being under attack undermines religious freedom. It seems tyrannical, or “No Taxation Without Representation.” Religious politicians like Cruz (Southern Baptist), Rubio (Catholic), and Trump (Presbyterian) demand citizens to abide by their beliefs, no matter what religion citizens follow. But which one is Right?

Cruz’s 10th Amendment ideology neglects the First. He clearly forgot the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Politicians, lawmakers, and judges must enforce “their Creator” as the very meaning of religious liberty for all People, not just Christians. Christian scripture must not dictate abortion as illegal while the death penalty is legal.

Sanders’ stuttering reply implied his contention for such a question: it’s irrelevant. I’m not upset he excluded atheists. The context of his answer was the inclusion.

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I recently graduated Rutgers University at Camden, NJ with a Bachelor's in Philosophy and a minor in writing. I served 15 years in the United States Air Force, and now trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. Serving in two unjust wars kept me silent. I paint and write for mental stability. My dog's name is Socrates "Soc," who I rescued after getting out of the military. Drinking with Socrates is a concept for my mind and hands describing the world as I see it, and having a say in solving socio-economic problems, if at all possible.

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