Within the Constitution we have codified into our first amendment to the Constitution, the doctrine of separation of church and state. Our heritage has embodied the teachings of the Judeo-Christian traditions. Our very laws come from English Common Law and English Common law derived its code of ethical behavior from Christianity and from Judaic laws. Without law and rule sets our civil society would not be so civil. Lately our behavior as a people puts into question whether or not we are suffering from a fatal dose of moral bankruptcy.
“Upton Sinclair once said, ” Our liberties were not won without suffering, and may be lost again through our cowardice.” I believe we are witnessing the decline of American liberty due to a lack of moral courage. When someone like the new Pope reminds us of Jesus’s teachings we cloud our collective guilt and failure to live by the teachings of Christ by accusing the Pope of being a communist.
Our willingness to be selfish and our inordinate emphasis as a nation on Materialism and on the cross of money has threatened to increase the probability that our freedoms and liberty will be either be diminished or taken away.
Take the case of the children crossing the border into Texas. Congressman Mo Brooks, of Huntsville, Alabama, typifies the attitude of so-called conservatives these days when he stated that the unaccompanied immigrant alien children crossing the border should not get free food, and free shelter. I guess he missed the Sunday sermon on feeding the hungry and taking care of the poor. Somehow, I guess Jesus got it all wrong when he fed people without charging them money. Maybe the next time Alabama has a storm we should ask every victim to help themselves. Congressman Brooks said that the money requested does not solve the problem. Really! Maybe they would not feel the need to escape the terror of drug gangs back home if Americans were not the number one market for the drugs they sell. His use and the use of others of the word alien implies that somehow these children are not of this world, that they are people to be scared of.
Congressman Steven King of Iowa comes from the same school of hard knocks when he proclaimed that most of the children are of gang age and they will become gang members. Did he miss the part, where parents are seeking safety for their children from gang violence in their native lands?
These guys all missed the part where Christians want us to love our neighbor. I do not remember loving thy neighbor excluding children, minorities or women.
When you decide to become a public servant by running for office, these false profits of Christianity, forgot the public service part. If they do not believe in government stay out of it.
Women are treated like they have no rights. The days of subservience to men have gone and so much the better. You would think that these old white men would remember their mothers, wives, sisters or daughters and want them to be treated with the same love and respect that they wish to be treated like.
Christianity is supposed to be about love and God’s grace. Jesus was against war and it should be remembered that Christianity teaches us to be good custodians of the earth.
This Ayn Rand individualism and Social Darwinism that we hear from right wing zealots has nothing in common with the teachings of Jesus. The rants we hear have more to do with protecting ones financial interest and selfishness. The question should be how can anyone profess to be born again and approve the denial of basic human decency to those among us who are less well off? The world needs more love and less, me, me and more me. If we allow ourselves the illusion of liberty while we forsake courage, the courage to have moral decency, we will lose the liberty we have because we will not deserve it.