Things in Texas are pretty bad, infamous in fact. This is because politics have deviated from traditional, democratic principles of fairness and equal representation for all citizens, generating news outside of the state, news that’s being reported by big, national newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune. Yes, folks, we are infamous.
Writing from her office in Washington, D.C., Marini Goldbergs’ article begins: “When the Texas Republican Party adopted its platform recently, party leaders left no question as to the impor- tance it placed on religion. Another portion of the platform has stirred additional concerns. ‘We pledge to exert our influence toward a return to the original intent of the 1st Amendment and dispel the myth of the separation between church and state,’ the document reads.”
Myth?!?! “When the government puts its imprimatur on a particular religion it conveys a message of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the favored beliefs. A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some.” Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun in the Lee v. Weisman ruling, 1992.
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“In Texas and elsewhere,” Ms. Goldburg’s article continues, “debates on social and cultural issues have blurred the line between faith and politics. Fights over gay marriage, abortion and school prayer reflect and exacerbate the rift between religious conserv- atives, other believers, and the more secular-minded. The platform calls America a ‘Christian nation, founded on Judeo-Christian principles,’ and that has drawn a frustrated reaction from Jewish groups that consider the language exclusionary.”
If you haven’t already read my blog posting, A Christian Nation?, please do so, because the line is crossed when politicians use religion as a prop in their campaigns, when partisanship is made a prerequisite of faith. That’s when the separation of church and state ceases to be a fundamental principle of true democracy helping to ensure the freedom and liberty of all citizens, whether they be Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Agnostic, or whatever.
In the words of William Bendix playing Chester A. Riley in the 1950s TV show, The Life of Riley, “What a revoltin’ development this is!”
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