The Christian Religious Right is a lobby. For many reasons, including this fact, they should be taxed in the same manner as other special interests. Because they support the beliefs and demands of a single religion, and are supported by today’s Republican Party in name only as America’s only viable religion, acting on the demands of their wishes in congress is a direct violation of the first amendment.
The truth is that all lobbies are unconstitutional. They are a violation of the 14th amendment. If the wealthy are allowed undue influence over our government, and the working class, low income Americans, and the poor are not guaranteed the same rights as the wealthy, they are in violation of the constitution. Every day the GOP is committing crimes against America.
When did religion become a problem for the American people? The origin began during the Reagan administration in the early 1980’s.
The Reagan administration failed the majority of Americans. It was Reagan who created “supply side economics,” better known as “trickle down economics.” He claimed that giving more money to the rich would increase employment. However, the super-rich continued to hoard money in offshore accounts, and purchased additional mansions with increased profits. When Reagan left office in 1989 the unemployment rate was 10 percent and our nation was one-trillion dollars in debt. Sadly, every Republican president, including your current failure, adopted the same economic policy which continues to fail and is responsible for a growing income inequality in America. Unbridled capitalism is outdated.
However, the saddest facts about Reagan and wife Nancy was where they received their guidance for policies which affected all Americans.
Nancy frequently consulted her astrologer. I must assume that together they established the anti-drug policy, “Just Say No.” The use of illegal drugs rose dramatically under Reagan’s presidency.
The 1980 election was dominated by three religious zealots, Reagan, incumbent Jimmy Carter, and Independent John Anderson. All three men claimed to be ‘born again Christians.’ After his victory, Reagan continued to include religion in his policy proposals. The president sought the advice of evangelicals: the radical wing of Christianity. This was the beginning of the “Christian Right,” the “religious right,” and today the aptly titled “Christian Religious Right.”
The fact that a single religion is influential in Washington is not only unconstitutional, it is a danger to our nation’s future. Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43 displayed favoritism for Christians while ignoring Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and other religious groups. Completely shunned by Republican leaders are men and women like me. I am one of more than 60 million Americans who reject organized religion: and our numbers are growing faster than any major religion. I have not been inside of religious edifice since 1962 with the exception of weddings and funerals.
I didn’t mention DJT because he does not believe in compassion, kindness, or spirituality. His religion is money.
Finally, a couple of facts Republicans and their Christian owners don’t want you to think about. Two specific issues should not exist in politics. They are personal, and have no effect on anyone else but those directly involved.
Same-sex marriage is an issue opposed by the CRR. It has no effect on anyone other than two people who choose to express their love for each other. Public opinion polls confirm that most Americans support the Constitutional rights of the LGBTQ community. When real Republicans existed, they believed in preventing government from controlling personal rights.
Then there’s abortion. I don’t care what your opinion about ending a pregnancy might be, unless you are a woman who is considering a life-altering decision. It is a woman’s Constitutional right to make decisions about her mental and physical health.
If for no other reason, the fact that the CRR opposes the Constitutional rights of millions of Americans, they cannot be allowed to participate in the decisions made by our elected officials. As my grandfather taught me: “Religion and politics don’t mix.”
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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