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The separation of religion and hate: Attacking the protection of freedom

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Almost since the days of Stonewall and the decriminalization of homosexuality between consenting adults, I have been amongst those who have warned that historically, countries which accepted or tolerated same-sex relationships have, with rare exception, eventually introduced or reintroduced anti-gay laws.

church-and-stateThis is one of the main reasons why recognition of same-sex marriage is so important. If the state recognizes the right of those couples to consent to marrying each other, they attract all the social recognition and benefits of marriage, and it becomes extremely difficult to deny their equality in the secular state.

However, there is a real threat from those forces who disapprove of human rights equality, because of their beliefs, religious or otherwise.

That threat is not solely aimed at the LGBTQ community, it has much larger number of targets and a wider agenda.

The very core of the foundation of the U.S. Constitution is under attack, and it seems that the attackers relate very favorably to those who have encouraged Uganda and Nigeria, to mention just two nations, in their terrifying anti-gay legislation.

The real concern, additional to the anti-gay intolerance, is a call to amend the Constitution; even to rewrite it, amounting to little more than a theocracy under which any religion could claim supremacy.

Think for a moment of the lurch to right-wing extremist conservatism, observable in so many nations, including Australia, and Russia, as well as the Bible Belt in the U.S.

Reports of calls for a rewrite of the Constitution are very worrying, and if you think they could not succeed then you probably thought that the Tea Party-Republicans wouldn’t obstruct the Democrats or the President as they have done since President Obama took office.

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Whatever its flaws, whatever its failures to realize legislation that reflects its ideals, the U.S. Constitution is the world’s safeguard for individual freedom from religious persecution, whilst maintaining the right to individual opinion.

Removing the freedom of, and from, religion is very dangerous, but so too, is the assumption that such freedom favors one religion over others.

For the sake of whatever belief or non-belief has taken your fancy, we need to encourage a massive turnout at the forthcoming midterm elections to quell the ability of those who would rewrite one of the few documents that stops the world from plunging into another horrifying dark age of ignorance and primitive stupidity.

It may not be the separation of Church and State, in the current analysis, that is as important as the separation of Religion and hate.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. First Amendment, baby! Not only does it stop Congress from making laws that inhibit religion, but also laws that promote religion!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 3:36am
  2. (B) Please excuse my name. I am a liberal with an anti-conservative page. I review what they say, and it ain’t pretty. There are a lot of conservative hate pages out there and they all vote Republican. How can I get more Democrats to come out this 2014 election? Have you got any ideas? Democrats tend not to come out for midterms. We need to change this.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 3:41am
  3. The conservative christians in this country and around the world are dangerous bunch, not just legislatively but also a propensity to violence with the “god is on our side” mentality. Conservative christians would and have hinted that they would have no problem “eradicating” gays from the planet. They must never be in a position of power and we need to make sure of that.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 3:51am
  4. The only solution is for everyone to vote straight line Democrat in November.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:06am
  5. always

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:08am
  6. Only winners will be the Lawyers!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 3:57am
  7. Missouri put a bill today & now Oklahoma is drafting one. This shit has to be stopped. What happened to Separation of church & state & THE CONSTITUTION ?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:10am
  8. The Conservative Hammer Review, look up Boycott the Republican Party group.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:24am
  9. No Church And State Because Its Called Hate …..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:24am
  10. These laws are being written so broadly all of this will back fire if any ever make it to being a law. These states never have had protection for gay folks so it is legal to discriminate against gay people. Pass the laws lets take it to the courts. Gay folks got nothing to loose at this point in these states we never had anything to begin with.
    Reality in Texas as well.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:29am
  11. Here’s a list of things that don’t count as a vicious attack or discrimination.
    ° Other people doing something that is against your religion.
    ° Other people doing something that you don’t like.
    ° Someone calling you a bigot, when you are acting like a bigot.
    ° Someone disagreeing with your opinion.
    ° Other people refusing to let you hurt them (physically, mentally or emotionally).
    ° Other people being granted the same rights that you have.
    ··· Randa Morris

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:41am
  12. You can’t separate religion and hate. Throughout history different beliefs clashed violently. In Ireland, Protestants and catholics. In the dark ages it was the crusades. Even the pilgrims were persecuted and left. In south america they killed the natives because they didn’t believe in Christianity.
    While most religions teach love for one another, the majority believes to hate those who dont believe in the same thing. Heathens and infidels everywhere.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:41am
  13. Religion needs neutering in a big way.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:55am
  14. I cannot like this article enough.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:58am
  15. Freedom from Religion. The first thing the First Amendment protects.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:04am
  16. “No practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us and whilst we are each free to BELIEVE whatever we choose, we are not free to DO whatever we choose, NOT in a world where we protect the human rights of all.” – Religious views should not be respected merely because they exist, merely because they are religious. They should be as exposed and within reach of criticism as any other opinion or belief, no exceptions. Reason and fair, open-minded thinking is the only just means of determining what is right and what is wrong.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 2:07pm