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Separation of Christianity and State

I swiped the title from Ace’s post because it’s succinct and to the point. Via Michelle Malkin:

Congressman Steve King reacted this morning to the nine “NO” votes on his resolution to honor Christmas and the Christian faith. The vote shocked Capitol Hill observers because votes on similar resolutions honoring the holidays of Islam and Hinduism passed without any NO votes.

Appearing this morning on the Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends, King said, “The [nine] naysayers didn’t make it to the floor to debate. I would like to know how they could vote Yes on Islam, Yes on the Indian Religions and No on Christianity when the foundation of this nation and our American culture is Christianity…I think there’s an assault on Christianity in America.”

The nine Members voting NO were Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) (FL), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). None of the nine voted against resolutions honoring the Islamic holiday of Ramadan and the Hindu holiday of Diwali.

Now I don’t want to get into a discussion about whether or not any religious holidays should get official government recognition, but what are these people thinking who vote YES on every other religious observance but NO on the Christian one? The only explanation can be that they really do think separation of church and state only applies to the majority religion and it simply exists to prevent the establishment of a theocracy, without any fundamental principle behind it.

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Romney’s Religion Speech

“I do not define my candidacy by my religion. A person should not be elected because of his faith nor should he be rejected because of his faith.”

That’s from Mitt Romney’s much ballyhooed “Faith in America” address. I’ll just link to the memeorandum page with the bazillion people commenting on it if you want to see what they have to say. I don’t care what the pundits say about the speech because the whole idea that he needs to explain, in this day and age, that he can be President while Mormon just pisses me off. I understand he’s competing with Huckabee for the religious vote, but it galls me even more that he has to pander and try to reassure people who might have a problem with his religious beliefs. Yes, I come from a different vantage point because I’m not a religious person, but what do these people think will happen if a Mormon is president? Do they think he’ll revive polygamy? What is their problem? I read in a couple of places that some folks are upset because supposedly Mormons believe Jesus and Lucifer are brothers. If so, who the heck cares if that’s what they believe? Do they think he’ll force everybody else to believe it, too?

There are other reasons to have qualms with Romney, such as his apparent flip flops on social issues that “values voters” are concerned about, but for crying out loud – the Mormon thing is just stupid.

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