START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
Dec 12, 2008

How can the US federal government randomly pick-and-choose how to hand out citizenship rights; and how can the federal government simply ignore mandates outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution?

In this essay, I posit that religious ideology, and specifically Christianity, has severely harmed the architecture of our government.  Christianity has been infused into every branch of our government despite the fact that our nation was founded on religious tolerance and acceptance of all people.  The Puritans fled from the Old Country, in part, to escape religious persecution; however, when they arrived to the New World, they brought the instruments of intolerance and hatred with them.  They brought the religion that had been used to persecuted them-- Christianity.

Over time, the Puritans built a colony, and later as Americans, they created a nation entrenched in Christianity.  Interestingly enough, however, the founding fathers of this nation chose not to embrace or endorse a state religion and omitted it from the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  These informed and intelligent men remembered the religious evils which existed in Great Britain, and instead they sought to create a nation built upon equal, secular values and beliefs. 

Nevertheless, the tentacles of Christianity created over time an unequal institutionalized tier of citizenship.  Blacks were at the bottom.  Kidnapped from Africa, they were enslaved, bred like animals, and bought and sold like every day commodities.  Women were a notch above blacks, however, they, too, were simply considered the property of their husbands.  Just as blacks suffered many painful and unjust moments in the history of our nation, so too did women. 

In 1865 following the Civil War, the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution granted blacks their freedom from slavery; and five years later,  the 15th Amendment to the US Constitution, prohibited states from preventing people of color from voting: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. [And] The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” 

During the Jim Crow era, racial discrimination persisted and the disenfranchisement of blacks continued.  Despite the passage of the 15th Amendment, many states implemented unfair screening processes which denied blacks the right to vote.  Nevertheless, a century later, African-Americans finally secured the right to vote with the passage of The National Voting Act of 1965.

 In 1920, women were granted the right to vote with the passage of 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.  “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.  Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

The participation of the US federal government was crucial to creating and ultimately perpetuating equality for African-Americans and women. If individual states had been recruited to deal with racial and gender discrimination, there would be broad and staggering inequalities for African-Americans and women to this day.  Thankfully, our federal government did the right thing by taking control and correcting inequalities tolerated for far too long. 

The struggle of gay Americans  for equal rights is really no different than the struggles of  blacks or women.  Once again, he US federal government will have to step in and strip away the last remnants of apartheid in our nation.  The federal government will need to return to the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence for unbiased insight and remedy the injustices which have been supported, in part, by discriminatory Christian practices and beliefs.  The federal government cannot stand by idly and do nothing.  All Americans regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation should be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

I often wonder what some Americans will do when they wake up from their cognitively impaired,  heartless slumber, and realize how they have, actively or in silence, carried out, or tolerated, the many heinous and irrevocable injustices perpetrated on gay Americans….and often times in the name of their own God.  Will God-fearing Americans feel the shameful anguish of their action, or inaction, to the suffering of God’s gay children?  Will their experience be similar to the Germans who have had to live with their monstrous fingerprint on the history of the Jewish people?

It really amazes me how some individuals rationalize hatred and intolerance for certain groups of people.  To advance and legitimatize absurdities, many invoke the will of God to strengthen their argument, and to frighten others into accepting and adopting a code of morality which segregates, harms and disenfranchises other fellow Americans. Why do we do this?  Why do we refuse to learn from our mistakes?  Clearly, the mantra of our history teachers has fallen on deaf ears. 

Here’s some food for thought.  Voltaire, a French philosopher, stated, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
Visibility: Everyone
Posted: Friday December 12, 2008, 11:56 pm
Tags: marriage women gay us rights slavery blacks federal amendment 15th 13th citizenship african-americans consititution 19th chrsitianity [add/edit tags]

Group Discussions
Comments
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:

Diane Deyoe (177)
Saturday December 13, 2008, 11:31 am
Your argument is excellent, Eco. Well said.

Author

Eco M.
male , committed relationship
New Hope, PA, USA
ECO'S SHARES
Jun
10
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\nby Michael A. Jones\r\ncategories: LGBT Tech News, Stonewall 20\r\nPublished June 10, 2009 @ 07:23AM PT\r\n \r\nWell, as a gay blogger, I can\'t say that I\'m surprised.  It turns out that a new study from Harris Interactive...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
Mission Statement\r\nGiveVaccines .org will donate the funds to the GAVI Fund for the purchase of vaccines to prevent disease in the neediest areas of the world. Your answers are pooled together with the correct answers of other participants so that...
Jun
9
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\r\nTeaching Tolerance Magazine Equips Teachers with Strategies for Economic Crisis     As a new president takes the helm of a country facing an historic economic downturn, the SPLC\'s Spring 2009 issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine offers cla...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
Racism is a serious problem in America. Fueled by immigration fears, the economic crisis and the election of a black president, racist hate groups increased their numbers again in 2008. The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented a staggering 926 h...


SHARES FROM ECO'S NETWORK
Feb
15
(0 comments  |  discussions )
New Petition! Speak out against Time-Warner Merger with Comcast! Let your opinion be know before your bill goes up and your programming choices dwindle.\\r\\n\\r\\nUrge DOJ and FCC to Not Allow Merger of Time-Warner and Comcast\\r\\nhttp://www.t hepetitionsi...
Feb
13
(0 comments  |  discussions )
New Petition! Speak out against Time-Warner Merger with Comcast! Let your opinion be know before your bill goes up and your programming choices dwindle.\\r\\n\\r\\nUrge DOJ and FCC to Not Allow Merger of Time-Warner and Comcast\\r\\nhttp://www.t hepetitionsi...
Feb
1
(0 comments  |  discussions )
Message to the President, and to the Congress:It\\\'s very simple. We can aim for a UNIVERSAL Standard of $15 an hour Minimum Wage for ALL - that would be {frugally} a living wage these days. One should not have to be employed, and on government assista...
Jan
29
(1 comments  |  discussions )
\\n\\r\\n Several years ago I went to a campground in the mountains of western Maryland with my older sister and her husband. It was a few hours away and when we got there my sister and her husband had somewhere that they had to go and were worried ...
Jan
26
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nThis is my Message that I send every week or so, to the President, my Representative, and my two Senators. {And in this instance, to the Vice President also.} \\r\\nThe Majority of the people of this country, approve that the President {and Vice Presi...


MORE MEMBER BLOGS
Mar 31
Blog: How to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers by Kayleigh L.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nHow to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers \\r\\n \\r\\nCorlis Engine Review\\r\\nEvery user desires to prolong the life of a unit. TRIAD assists their clients in achieving this important objective by informing them of ways they can avoid problems... more
Feb 27
Blog: Dr Oz Weight Loss - The 100% Natural And Very Efficient Diet Pill by Debra S.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nYes, Dr. Oz called Garcinia Cambogia Extract (HCA) the Holy Grail of Weight Loss. He went on to say, “Anytime I see a scientist get this excited about something like Garcinia Cambogia Extract and when I looked through some of this research and... more
Blog: My Favorite Websites by krysta I.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nIFAW: www.ifaw.org\\r\\nOCEANA www.oceana.org\\r\\nPETA: www.peta.org\\r\\nEARTH 911: www.earth911.org\\r\\nANI MALs ASIA: www.animalsasia.org\\r\\n \\r\\n\\r\\n\\n more
Feb 21
Blog: testing one two three by Geoff M.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — hello world more
Blog: Garcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20 by Dany M.
(0 comments  |  0 discussions ) — \\nGarcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20\\r\\nGarcinia Cambogia System The Dr. Oz Lose Weight Quick Process Without Having Side Effects\\r\\nHe went on to say, “At any time I see a researcher... more
 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.