I’m a Christian, but I’ll never understand this overwhelming obsession by so many people of whatever faith they might subscribe to that seeks to force everyone else to believe exactly how they do. To me, faith and religion should be very simple things – just keep them private. Imagine how much less violence and conflict we would have in this world (and throughout human history for that matter) if people worshipped their religions privately and kept those beliefs out of government.
That’s essentially why our Founding Fathers gave us our First Amendment rights. As Americans, we’re free to practice whatever religion we want to without fear of prosecution for practicing that religion. It also created a barrier between church and state to ensure that laws in this country weren’t created by our government based on religion. This, of course, is the part of our Constitution that religious radicals continually try to violate.
I say this as a person who lives in a state where many counties still refuse to sell alcohol (based on religious beliefs dated back decades), where you can’t buy liquor on Sundays (you know, the “holy day”) and even on Sunday beer and wine purchases are only legal after noon – you know, after church lets out.
But it seems Alabama (shocked, I know) is taking it up a notch with their current Chief Justice Roy Moore proclaiming that essentially the only religion protected by the First Amendment is Christianity. I wonder if he can point out the words “Christian” or “Christianity” anywhere in our Constitution?
Spoiler Alert: Neither appear even once.
During remarks he made during a speech at an event for the Pastors-For-Life in Mississippi, Moore said, “Everybody, to include the United States Supreme Court, has been deceived as to one little word in the first amendment called ‘religion.’ They can’t define it.”
He then went on to say, “They don’t want to do that, because that acknowledges the creator God. Buddha didn’t create us. Muhammad didn’t create us. It’s the God of the Holy Scriptures.”
“They didn’t bring a Koran on the pilgrim ship, Mayflower,” he said. “Let’s get real. Let’s learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”
I’m not really sure what the Puritans on the Mayflower have to do with our Constitution. Considering the Mayflower landed some 150+ years before the Revolutionary War that would be like us currently comparing our beliefs to those of slave owners of the 1860′s.
But Moore showcases the typical conservative ignorance we frequently see when it comes to religion. They like to go on and on about how this is a “Christian nation,” yet can’t really explain why the words “Christian” or “Christianity” don’t appear even once within our Constitution.
You would think, as intelligent as these men were, that if they intended this nation to be based on Christianity they would have slipped that in there somewhere – but they didn’t.
Not only did they not do so, but they made sure that our very First Amendment says that we have the freedom of religion.
And the most baffling thing is, in the Treaty of Tripoli (written by one of our Founding Fathers, John Adams) it clearly states, without question, that this nation was not founded on Christianity:
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…
You couldn’t be any clearer than that.
So when this judge says that we need to “learn our history,” he might want to take a long look in the mirror, because he sure as hell doesn’t seem to know much about it. And the terrifying part is, this is a man who’s supposed to be an impartial judge when interpreting law as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Something that these comments clearly show he’s incapable of being.
Watch his comments below: