In God We Trust

         We've all seen and heard the news from all over the country that shows our religious leaders and certain politicians are hell-bent on getting religion into our public schools.  There are the "Hang Ten" efforts to get the Ten Commandments on our public school walls, and now we have "In God We Trust" efforts in full swing.  You know that one, right?  Hmmm...  Perhaps a short history break here...

          Let's go back... not too far... about 50 years or so...  

          Back in the 1950's, there was this guy named Joe.  And Joe knew for sure there were only two kinds of Americans: Good, Christian, God-fearing, Flag-waving Americans OR No-Good, Atheist, Commie-Bastard Americans.  Joe forgot (or never realized) that America is a country where ALL Americans, regardless of their race, creed, color, political or religious beliefs (or even if they're bastards), are welcome and to be treated equally and without discrimination.

          Now, that wouldn't have been too bad in itself.  I mean, everyone has a right to their opinion, including you, me, and even Joe.  But this particular Joe's last name was McCarthy and he was a United States Senator, which gave him special powers to hunt down those Atheist Commie Bastards and put a serious hurt on them, their families, their friends, their careers and their lives.  And he did it with a Christian passion and a vengeance seen many times before and since.

          At that time, a lot of Americans were very nervous and afraid of the U.S.S.R. because the Russians had figured out how to make atomic bombs, just like the ones we dropped on Japan.  And since the U.S.S.R. was a Communist country, Americans were very afraid of "Those Atheist Commie Bastards."  

          So, when McCarthy went on a nation-wide witch hunt to put his special brand of hurt on American Citizens that he decided were Atheist Commie Bastards (which turned out to be anyone who didn't agree with him), no-one stopped him.  Many even joined in!  In about two shakes of a clenched fist, Atheists and Communists were inextricably linked together.  Even today, most Americans can't seem to tell the difference between them.

          You've got that look on your face like I'm exaggerating, or something.  Hmmm...  Perhaps a little from Joe himself: "Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity."- Sen. Joseph McCarthy, in a speech to the Ohio County Women's Republican Club on February 9, 1950.  So there it is in his own words; His was a fight over religious ideas, NOT political ones.  He simply lumped non-Christians in with communists in order to give his religious crusade a political foothold.  Christian historical revisionists have made it seem as if McCarthy's crusade was against the communist economic model rather than its atheism, but Joe's own words and actions prove otherwise.  Accordingly, Joe must have thought Abraham Lincoln was an enemy of the state for saying, "My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them".

          Indeed, if McCarthy was right about Christianity being a prerequisite for all Americans, then perhaps he could have explained the many anti-Christian sentiments from the "Founding Fathers" themselves, as well as the many writings of clergymen at the time and after that were so vexed at the founders for those anti-religious views.  That the religious leaders of our country have attempted to re-write history to their liking does not change the actual history itself.  That their "flock" of "sheep" have bought the lies without checking into the actual history itself is indicative of the nature of the influence these charlatans have over the common people.  They accept it without question, believe the lies and pass them on as if they'd come from the founders themselves.  They could not be further from the truth, these people who proclaim that the truth shall set them free!

          Anyway, since Good, Christian, God-fearing, Flag-waving Americans were the only ones allowed to stand up and be heard (because if you had a different view you likely ended up in total ruin or even jail!!) they were the only voices being heard at the time (other than the poor souls being grilled and publicly humiliated by McCarthy and his thugs in the "House Committee on Un-American Activities").  And a few of those Good, Christian, God-fearing, Flag-waving American voices proclaimed that we should change the United States' National Motto from "E Pluribus Unum" to "In God We Trust" - because they did.  And if you didn't agree with them, you were obviously one of those Atheist Commie Bastards that McCarthy was looking for and you were promptly turned in so he and his gang could kick your un-American, Atheist, Commie-bastard ass on national TV!  Given the political atmosphere at the time, it's not very surprising then to understand why there was very little opposition to the suggestion.

          (I encourage you to click the links I've made to these founding fathers' names after you've read what I have to say here, so that you can read the things they actually said.  Note that the same founding father's name, if highlighted in different places on this page, usually go to different sites with various information, so check them all out.  Please read their words yourself, rather than take the word of some clergyman, politician or even me - Then YOU KNOW.)

          Where did our National Motto come from in the first place?  "E Pluribus Unum" was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. A Latin phrase that translates thus: "From many, One" the phrase offered a strong statement of the American determination to form a single nation from a collection of states.            

          Over the years, "E Pluribus Unum" has also served as a reminder of America's bold attempt to make one unified nation of people from many different backgrounds and beliefs. The challenge of seeking unity while respecting diversity has played a critical role in shaping our history, our culture, and our national character.

          Well, all that American Diversity and Unity stuff went right out the window in the stampede to get rid of those Atheist Commie Bastards, and "E Pluribus Unum", a proud motto and patriotic phrase for over 175 years of our country's history and heritage, was replaced with "In God We Trust" faster than you can say, "Huh?"

          About the same time, the words "Under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance, and all the money that didn't have the new motto, "In God We Trust" on it, was redesigned to include it.

          McCarthy was eventually denounced as a hate-monger and a crack-pot, and the Senate voted 67-22 to censure McCarthy for "conduct contrary to Senatorial tradition."  All of the people that followed and supported him in his tyrannical crusade, shamed by the atrocities committed on their fellow Americans, put all the blame squarely on his shoulders, and he died 2 and a half years later, at age 48, from a condition related to his cirrhotic liver.  What we are left with is: The term "McCarthyism" and "In God We Trust" as our National Motto and on our money.

            Now, here we are, about 50 years later.  For most Americans (anyone under about 50 years old), "In God We Trust" has been in place this way all of their lives, so many just assume it's been in place this way since the founding fathers first uttered the words "United States".  From there, it's easy to believe that it must mean they intended this to be a Christian Nation.  Quite plainly, it gives us the message that we, as a Nation, trust in God, believe in God, God is part of our country, our history, our heritage.  Obviously, our forefathers founded the United States on good, Christian principles for good, God-fearing people who believe in God, and that's why they proclaimed loudly to the world, "In God We Trust"!  Only... they didn't.  Not even once.

          As though they heard it from Thomas Jefferson himself, we are told this "Christian Nation" version of American History by deceitful, politically-motivated religious leaders and religion-motivated political leaders who want very desperately for THEIR particular religious beliefs to influence the decisions and course of OUR government and laws.  Unfortunately for them, while they can preach this twisted and untrue version of history, and even convince those that don't look into it for themselves (often known as "sheep"), they can't actually CHANGE history.  And that's where things start to get ugly.  

            See, we got these things called the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that really DID come from our forefathers - the guys that founded these United States, and God doesn't even get an honorable mention in them - not even once.  Instead, what we find in those documents, is that the government is not allowed to promote or support religion. NOT a PARTICULAR religion, as the deceitful, history-rewriting religio-politicals like to try to interpret it  - Nope, just religion.  All-inclusive, as a 'thing'.  And, it's easily verified.

            First, we have all of the writings of the founding fathers that authored it, debated what wording should be used, supported it and then made it law.  Men like Madison, who authored much of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as the Treaty of Tripoli, where he made it absolutely clear, "The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded upon the Christian religion."  Jefferson, Madison's mentor, had much to say on the subject as well, and so did many others.  They made it explicitly clear that the government should in NO WAY get involved with religion AT ALL, nor should religion get involved with our government AT ALL.  To fulfill this ideal, they intended, then erected a "Wall of Separation between Church and State" as Jefferson described it.  

          Second, we have the Supreme Court rulings throughout the entire history of the United States that have taken all those writings and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights into account, and ruled time after time after time in favor of maintaining this "Wall of Separation between Church and State" high and strong.

          Because of this, it has always been the mission of a few, conniving, very vocal, political/religious leaders in our country to try to find cracks or holes in the Wall, in order to slip through or past it in some way, so as to establish THEIR religion in OUR government.  This has been going on ever since the country was founded.  Jefferson had to deal with it when he was president, and at that time coined the phrase, "The Wall of Separation between Church and State" to describe the intent of our forefathers, of which he WAS ONE.

          They've had some victories over the centuries.  For one thing, they are very good at convincing the faithful that their commonality in a belief in God means that the faithful should necessarily support them in their efforts.  They carefully avoid the fact that the very principles our nation were founded upon will necessarily have to be shit-canned in the process.  They wave the flag and carry on about what it means to be an American, while simultaneously working hard to overthrow the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

          Just as Madison predicted 200 years ago and warned against, they point to the small victories they've won over the last two centuries, like religionizing the motto, declarations of God on our money, prayers to open sessions of Congress, "So help me God" added to various vows, Presidents promoting religious causes, etc., and declare them proof positive that this IS a Christian Nation and it's time for all good Christians that believe in God to jump on the bandwagon with them to overcome EVIL and CHANGE America for it's own good.  

          They've bamboozled enough of the voting public that one can no longer be elected President (or most other political positions) unless a belief in God has been professed and is believable, contrary to every intent our forefathers had regarding religious tests as a prerequisite to holding public office in this country.  It's even in our constitution:  "No religious test shall ever be required as qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."  -- U.S. Constitution, Article VI.iii (1787).

           The U.S. Constitution is the law of the land.  Every American that says they would not vote for someone who is an atheist, or is not a Christian, or any other religious test, is going against the very principals our nation was founded upon, and is breaking the law.  Every religious leader that asks a candidate about their faith with the intent of causing their "flock" (of sheep) to vote in a certain way based on the results of such a religious test is doing the same thing.  Every candidate that thinks his personal religious beliefs and views are valid issues in order to pass these religious tests is furthering this completely un-American and illegal activity.

          Watching Bush, Gore and Lieberman compete for the "Most Faithful" award was, quite frankly, sickening to me.  As candidates aspiring to positions in our government that are supposed to represent ALL the PEOPLE, they should all be ashamed of themselves for snubbing their noses at the Constitution they must swear to defend if elected.  

          Yes, religious tests are now fully in control of who is even eligible to be a President of the United States, in spite of the law in the Constitution that forbids it and our forefathers' intentions when they founded this nation and wrote the laws that govern it.  President Bush is proof positive that it's way more important to be "born again" and promise to give government-taxed money to religious entities, than it is to have a coherent, working vocabulary.

          But the BIG one they've been working on for years, is to get religion back into our public schools, where they can influence fresh, young, malleable minds that will grow up to become politicians and voters who can do even MORE damage to our Nation's history, heritage and legal foundations by injecting their religious beliefs and myths.  

          And that brings us to today and the MANY efforts underway to slip religion through some obscure crack in the Wall in order to accomplish the goal of turning places of public education into places of religious indoctrination.  Watch closely for the deceitful nature of their propaganda as we examine them.  It's not hard to spot the "Liars for Jesus"; They're the ones trying to convince us (and the courts) that "God" and "Faith" have nothing to do with "Religion" if they simply say it doesn't.

          I'm often reminded of the sentiment seen so often lately in the popular question, "What Would Jesus Do?"  (By the way, I think that's a good question, and one that more people ought to ask themselves on a regular basis)  In witnessing the outright deceit of these protagonists, it appears that Jesus would lie about his true intentions, just so he could wriggle religion into politics.  More likely, they only ask, "What Would Jesus Do?" when they know the answer will work in their favor.  But I digress...

          To give you an idea of how MUCH activity is going on to trample the Constitution,  the Bill of Rights, and the ideals of a proud Nation of diverse people and beliefs, here's a typical week in the A-A newsletter:

          Five months after the terrorist plane attacks in New York and Washington, efforts to promote a revival of faith by posting sectarian slogans and promoting other religious symbols continue in state legislatures throughout the country.

          September 11 precipitated a temporary surge in church attendance as well as appeals by political leaders and clergy for the nation to invoke religion as a symbol of national unity. President Bush rallied Americans to prayer. And throughout the country, especially at the state and local level, a slew of new bills were introduced mandating everything from posting the religionized national motto, "In God We Trust," to prominently displaying the Ten Commandments and other sectarian symbols on public property. Other issues have cropped up as well, including Bible history classes in public schools to the teaching of creationism as an "alternative" to scientific evolution.

          The Mississippi-based American Family Association has launched an aggressive campaign to have "In God We Trust" posted in classrooms and public buildings. Bills are now in over a dozen state legislatures, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Oklahoma.

          Last week, Indiana moved a step closer to mandating display of the motto. The state Senate passed Bill 89 which requires that the slogan be posted in every public schools classroom. Micah Clark of the Indiana AFA said that children are already familiar with the phrase since it appears on money, and cited the terrorist attacks as a rationale for the legislation.

          "I think it's important because a time of national tragedy which we just experienced (September 11), it's good to remind kids that there is an entity out there bigger than themselves..."

          Despite the calls from religious leaders that the nation undergo a revival, Clark cagily denied that SB 89 had anything to do with sectarianism or belief. 

          "It's not necessarily a religious statement, as the opponents .. and civil libertarians say. There have been numerous court cases which have found that the national motto serves a secular purpose. They believe it's patriotic, it gives people hope for the future, and it's a sentiment of our religious heritage in America which can't be denied."

          The AFA's campaign to have the motto displayed in classrooms and public venues was launched in May, 2001. Mississippi immediately passed a compliant law sponsored by state Sen. Allen Nunnelee. In hopes of skirting constitutional issues, a private printer from Pearl, Mississippi produced posters of the "In God We Trust" motto for the state's 32,000 public school classrooms, auditoriums and cafeterias.

          A suit was filed when a county treasurer displayed the broadside in her office, but U.S. District Judge Sam A. Crow dismissed the complaint, charging that it was "patently frivolous without any basis in law."

          In Utah, there's H.B. 79, the "School Display of Motto of the United States" bill. The local AFA affiliate is pushing the legislation, introduced by Rep. Richard Siddoway (R-Bountiful). The measure would require display of the motto in all classrooms, auditoriums and cafeterias in each of Utah's 803 public schools.

          Ironically, polls conducted by the Ogden Standard-Examiner and the Provo Daily Herald show that Utahans are not supporting the legislation in huge numbers. The Ogden poll reflected that 57.8% "strongly disagree" with Siddoway's bill, with only 25.5% supporting it. The survey conducted by the Herald asked: "Should "In God We Trust" be posted in classrooms. Over sixty percent responded, "No, just the alphabet," with 6.84% supporting local option and 32.5% agreeing, "Yes. It's the national motto."

          "Siddoway and the American Family Association only wish to force their particular deity by legislation into the school system," said Mr. Rivers. "The matter of one's personal religious belief is a private one and should remain so. Whether a person believes in any particular deity or no deity at all has no impact on the patriotism shared by that person."

          The measure has cleared the Utah House and is now in the state senate. The Education Standing Committee has not scheduled public hearings on the legislation.

          In Florida, the state House has passed a measure permitting organized student prayer at graduations and non-required student assemblies. Sponsored by Rep. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, the bill would permit invocations, benedictions or other "inspirational messages" delivered by a student, usually chosen by election.

          The 88-28 vote was intended to skirt at least part of a June, 2000 U.S. Supreme Court case which declared student led prayer at high school athletic events to be unconstitutional. The justices did not rule on a  related contentious issue involving similar practices at events like assemblies and graduation ceremonies. In previous decisions, the high court has struck down school prayer when led by teachers and administrators, along with clergy led invocations at graduation ceremonies..

          Incredibly, the Holloway bill (HB 667) is defended by its author as "not intended to advance or endorse any religious belief." A similar measure, SB 572 is now in the Florida State Senate.

          In Arizona, HB 2311 has been defeated; it would have permitted wider display of several types of religious materials, including the religionized national motto. Another measure, HB 2493, uses boilerplate language and requires posting of a 14" x 11" poster declaring "In God We Trust" in all public school classrooms, hallways and cafeterias.

          Yesterday, the State House Education Committee defeated HB 2311 in a 5-5 deadlock vote. That could affect any decision to bring up HB 2493 (which requires the posting of "In God We Trust").

          In Virginia, the House of Delegates has approved a measure that would permit public schools to display copies of the Ten Commandments.

          The bill requires the state Board of Education to write "guidelines" for Decalogue display, including the requirement that they be presented along with text from three secular documents -- the First Amendment, the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Constitution.

          Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter told reporters that he went to considerable length to craft legislation that would pass judicial scrutiny. Indeed, the original bill called for only display of the Commandments, and subsequent amendment added other historical texts.

          Even so, delegate William K. Barlow said that the measure violates the constitutional separation of church and state. "The basic idea is that we as a government will not promote any particular religion," he said. "This bill promotes a specific belief."

          In Ohio, the battles over displaying religious texts in schools have been overshadowed by the old chestnut of evolution. Opponents of Darwin are hoping to introduce so-called "intelligent design" into school curriculums, and will make their case next month during a hearing in front of the Ohio Board of Education.

          Supporters of intelligent design or "ID" appropriate the language of science, and may even acknowledge that the universe is billions of years old, not thousands as previous opponents of evolution believe.  They dispute the notion, though, that life arose as the result of natural process; along they way, a deity intervened to impose order.  Ohio ID supporters hope to amend state education guidelines and have intelligent design presented in public schools along with Darwinian evolution.

          "It's a shrouded way of bringing religion into the schools," state education board member Martha W. Wise told the New York Times.  "Personally, I'm a creationist: I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth... (but) I think intelligent design is a theology, and it belongs in another curriculum."

          Scientists, teachers and other opponents of the Ohio ID movement fear that if the board allows intelligent design to be taught as an "alternative" in the public schools, their state will become a national laughingstock like Kansas did in 1999. There, creationists and ID supporters succeeded in deleting evolution from state teaching guidelines.

          "There would be a major revolt in Ohio if that (ID) were accepted," warned Lynn E. Elfner, chief executive of the Ohio Academy of Science. He added that intelligent design was a political movement using scientific vocabulary and "the old seductive argument" of presenting both sides of an issue.  "But it doesn't play well in science if the other side is not a science," he warned.

          According to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, Gov. Bob Taft is working hard to sidestep the evolution-ID controversy. University of Akron political scientist John Green said the governor's position was "a classic political problem of a very vocal minority.

          "Taft probably cannot come out against this issue because one element of the Republican Party is for this... The first thing you try to do is try and avoid the issue and put it off until after the election.

          "If you can't do that," added Green, "you try and take some moderate position, but if push comes to shove, you have to take a position."

          Creationism has also surfaced as an issue in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Last month, the West Green School Board allowed a creation science advocate to address students during a school assembly. According to the Observer-Reporter newspaper, the board approved the voluntary gathering "after several students and a local minister spoke in favor of it ..."

          Voluntary attendance was not a good reason to allow the assembly, though, said Vic Walczak, executive director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the ACLU.

          "By sponsoring and presenting this religious presentation, the school is sending the message that those who agree (to participate) are part of the favored religion and those who don't are outsiders."

          Walczak compared the situation with the assembly with "voluntary" prayer -- that only those who want to pray will have to pray.

          In Tennessee, a judge has ended a 51-year tradition of Bible class instruction in Rhea County public schools. The 30-minute sessions were held every week for nearly 800 youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade.

          "Parental consent was not required and students were allowed to participate in alternative activities if they objected to the classes," noted an Associated Press dispatch. School administrators defended the practice as a form of "character education."

          U.S. District Judge Allan Edgar ruled that the government "may not teach, or allow the teaching of a distinct religious viewpoint."

          None of this is new.  It's been going on for over 2 and a quarter centuries!  It comes up over and over and over, each time with a new twist, a new angle, a new deception to try to wriggle it's way past our Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Luckily, we've always had the Supreme Court to stop it dead in it's tracks.

          You don't have to be a "Godless Atheist" to understand why we must keep religion out of politics.  Most of our forefathers weren't atheists; They believed there was indeed a God, Creator, deity or supreme being of some sort, even if they weren't Christian.  In the 'Dear John' letter to King George (the Declaration of Independence) Jefferson wrote on their behalf, "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."

          Yet, when we look at ALL of their writings, we see that even though they had religious beliefs, they also understood and intended implicitly that government and religion should never be mixed, that one should never influence the other, so that each may remain pure and trustworthy to the people.  They noted repeatedly in their own writings the absolute horror and tragedy of governments throughout history that allowed religion to play a role, and resolved that it would not be the case in this new government they were meticulously setting up.  To that end, they wrote a Constitution and a Bill of Rights that have stood the test of time against those that would try to get by it in the Supreme Court for over two centuries.

          Now, you'd think Joe McCarthy's antics would have died out in the 50's after he was so soundly put down by the Senate, the press and the American people who finally saw the danger in his religious zeal to hunt down and exterminate non-Christians.  And you'd be right, it should have died there and then.

          But guess what?  In the 1980's we had a guy named George, who said: "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God."  Again, that wouldn't have been too bad since everyone's entitled to their opinion, but this particular George's last name is Bush, and at the time he was the vice president and made the remarks to a reporter in 1988.  Maybe he's just not bright enough to realize it, but he's arguing that millions of Americans should have their citizenships revoked, and that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln and many other beloved American leaders and countrymen were neither citizens or patriots, since Washington, Jefferson and Madison were deists rather than theists, and Lincoln was an atheist!

          You may recall that Super-Christian George Sr. then became the president, and that here and now, in the new millennium, his boy, Georgee Junior, aka "Dubya" (like "Bubba"), is the president, and appears to hold those very same anti-American, ultra-right-wing, religious-motivated ideals as his dear, old, prejudiced, rich, daddy, being a chip off the old block-head, so to speak.  You can't really blame Jr., I guess, since he's obviously not smart enough to figure it out on his own, but still...  You'd think these guys would read a little U.S. and World history if they want to be the president, wouldn't ya?  Instead, we get "Dubya" saying (on tape, no less!) "There ought to be limits to freedom."  Limits?!  To freedom?!!  American Freedom?!!  

          I just have to wonder if either of these morons ever read this dissenting opinion on George Bush's ignorant notion that America is "one nation under God": "No man [should] be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor [should he] be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor ... otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief ... All men [should] be free to profess and by argument to maintain their opinions in matters of religion, and ... the same [should] in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities."- Thomas Jefferson, Statute for Religious Freedom, 1779.          

          Will we allow some to take the freedoms of any, some or all Americans because of dissenting views or opinions in matters of religion, politics or anything else?!  Shall we burn to the ground those very foundations upon which our Government was molded?  The very freedom that we hold so dear is enabled by those foundations; Without them, true freedom cannot exist!  Our founding fathers knew this.  That's why we have the government we do.  That's why there is separation between church and state.  That's why we are free!  We must not throw that freedom out the window as easily as we did the National Motto, in order to appease some religious leaders with political goals who resort to outright deceit in order to once again stampede over anyone who is not a Good, Christian, God-fearing, Flag-waving American, per some person's idea of what that is.

          Now, you can believe this or not, but if you dig through history you're gonna find out it's true:  If you think, for one minute, that it's only going to affect someone else's freedoms, and not yours, you have been bamboozled my friend.  It has never worked that way in all of the history of the world - EVER.  And it's not going to work that way this time either - it can't.  

          First, if they can take the freedoms of the Godless Atheists in the name of this being a "Christian country", then who's next?  The Muslims, the Hindus and anyone else that's not a "Christian" right?  Of course, because this is a "Christian country", and those people aren't Christians - they're just as bad as any atheist - they're going to Hell.  Ok, They're gone too.  Who's next?  Why, anyone that's not the "proper" kind of "Christian" as defined by those that make the rules, that's who.  Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Presbyterians, Catholics, etc., etc., etc...  Why?  Because this front is led by the very vocal, bible-thumping, hell-fire preaching, Southern Baptists, in case you haven't been paying attention.  And to them, who is not a "proper Christian"?  Why, everyone but them, that's who.  So if you ain't one of them, voting along with them on this issue ain't too smart, if ya catch my drift.

          When you read the actual words of our founding fathers, you'll see them saying the same thing (but much more eloquently) in their reasoning for keeping religion and government completely separated.  Click the links.  Use a search engine.  Read a lot.  Don't stop at a few religious web sites where they grabbed a phrase or two out of context.  READ what our forefathers said in it's entirety, or as much as you can possibly digest.

          Think for yourself.  Read history for yourself.  Not just U.S. history, but World history;  Read what happened in governments infused with religious opinions and convictions and laws and punishments.  Put yourself in the common man and woman's shoes living under those tyrannies, and understand what I and our forefathers are saying about true freedom.  Form your own opinions.  Treat others as YOU want to be treated yourself.  Take the freedoms from others that you want taken from you.  It's really that simple.  Be like our founding fathers and tell these people that religion has no place in YOUR government, JUST LIKE other people's religions have no place in YOUR government.  Do unto others...

          Enjoy the toons I made...  If you can...

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