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November 11, 2008

The Trouble With Religion in Politics

Filed under: Daily Observations,Obama,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 1:12 am
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One of the things I noticed while coming of age in the Reagan Era was the infiltration of the Religious Right in the Republican Party. I never liked the mix of religion and politics; to me it spelled a lethal combination. As time went on it has proven to be true.

The Religious Right got a foothold in the Republican Party in the Reagan Era and its infection spread and grew with each successive year. By the time George W. Bush ran for Office in 2000 the Religious Right was the core of the Party. If you belonged to the Republican Party it was guaranteed that their influence on the Party platform was strong, strong enough to overwhelm it. They have a strong social agenda against abortion, gay rights, women’s rights, and just about everything else. Their goal became “restoring America’s moral fiber”. The problem with that is that it comes from one corner of belief in a multi-cultural, diverse nation with people from every race, creed, religion, and belief system there is. America is not a homogenous nation; it is made up of all kinds of people, but not just the Religious Right. It is their way, or the highway; they are on a mission from God and they are in the Republican Party dominating its thought and wanting to make the United States a theocracy, a theocracy of intolerance. It reached its zenith in the last election cycle.

The Republican Party has become susceptible to jingoism, megalomania, and completely intolerant of any perceived deviant behavior. I noticed their increasing intolerance over the last fifteen years; twice I have been chased through congested streets for having middle of the road bumper stickers on my car. Bumper stickers that read: “I’m pro-choice and I vote” or “Feminism is the Radical Notion that Women are People too”. Evidently those bumper stickers warranted chasing me through city streets, threatening me, and endangering the lives of those who had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Free speech threatens the Religious Right. Free speech is only meant for them. I can think of a couple of other unpleasant encounters since then, but you get the idea, they will use threats and intimidation to suppress free speech and free thought.

During the Bush Jr. Administration anyone who did not follow their belief system were labeled as unpatriotic, a traitor, and a sympathizer of the “radical” Muslim terrorists out there who were determined to destroy “our way of life”. It grew into a disdain for intellectualism and a paranoid fear of the media. By the end of the 2008 election cycle supporters were heard at rallies shouting “terrorists”, “socialist”, and “Marxist”; mob rule became their mantra. They took it out on Barack Obama in a McCarthyist, if not outright Fascist, blitz against him. I often heard the smear campaigns that spewed vile against Barack Obama. He was labeled the anti-Christ and it just was not name-calling, they believed it.

On November 4th Barack Obama won the presidential election and the Democratic Party won additional seats in both Houses, thus ending a Republican dominance of American politics. It sent the Republican Party and the Religious Right into a tail spin. I had no idea how much of a tail spin it sent them until I went out to my car Sunday afternoon.

Ever since Barack Obama formed his exploratory committee I have had a bumper sticker on my car that read “Got Hope?” and underneath it read BarackObama.com. In the nearly two years I have had that bumper sticker on my car I have received a lot of high fives, and other positive feedback until Sunday afternoon.

When I got into my car I found literature about how my soul needs to be saved, because I was going to hell. I had been deceived by the anti-Christ. As if that were not bad enough they had to break into my car, which damaged the rubber lining around the windows, plus the paint on the frame, and they had to trespass on private property and drive a half mile to my cul de sac in order to reach my car. They were looking for Obama supporters. I am outraged and sickened by this. I would like to remind them that this is a free country for everyone, that I am free to support any person for Office that I choose, that I am free to believe anything that I want to, that I am free to speak my mind, to have any bumper sticker that I want on my car without fear of intimidation and threats.

This is the United States where a man named Barack Obama won an election through a free democratic process by people who are free to vote for him, and show their support for him. I am more than grateful that the Republicans lost this election, because the outcome for freedom in America with a Republican win this election would have destroyed what freedom we have left. The Republican Party has become a thinly veiled political party of Nazi Germany.

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5 Comments »

  1. Hi Julie,
    Great post. I posted something similar about tolerance and the left. I too, hate, hate, hate that the religious right have hijacked the Republican party. I actually used to be a member of the ultra religious right and I am glad to say, I got out of the cult like atmosphere. I also feel that there is a separation of church and state for a reason. I am a moderate Republican and if you cross the religious right, you are doomed to hell, and included in prayer groups, yada yada yada. I do feel that intolerance goes both ways. I don’t have any bumper stickers on my car because I just don’t want to ruin the pain job..lol However, on my facebook account, I have been subject to vicious attacks because I am a Republican. I have never said that anyone should believe like I believe, vote like I vote, etc. I am just simply a Republican. The social and fiscal issues, I keep my side to myself. I don’t debate personal issues. I have been attacked by the radical left (the fraternal twin of the religious right lol). I have been told my vote for McCain meant I was racist, intolerant, etc. I have been told because I am a woman, allegedly disenfranchised, live in a low socio-economic area, and Italian, that I need to be a liberal democrat. I do feel your pain and I think now, if any, is the time that we should all be coming together to celebrate a new era, a chance for something great, and “our” president! Cheers 🙂

    Comment by Cucidati — November 11, 2008 @ 1:24 am

  2. Cucidati,

    I have Republican friends and we can discuss issues that affect us, but when it comes to those who are members of the Religious Right it is just like a cult. However, I’ve had experiences where I am told that I work too much in the system, yada, yada, yada. This is a free country and we need to learn that not everyone is the same and we need to appreciate our diversity.

    Comment by Julie P — November 11, 2008 @ 1:29 am

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    Comment by Cucidati — November 11, 2008 @ 1:45 am

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