The separation of church and state is one of the founding principles of our country, and a prohibition on government established religion has existed for as long as the United States itself. Yet for politicians intent on forcing the rest of the U.S. to follow Biblical principals, it’s a massive mistake that must be corrected.
In recent years, we’ve seen a number of candidates from the Tea Party wing of the GOP push the limits when it comes to pushing their own religious beliefs on their constituents, from “no sharia law” bills to funding religious groups with taxpayer dollars. Far right failed politician Alan Keyes thinks these efforts don’t go nearly far enough, however, and is proposing that a third party be introduced that exists just to enforce Christian values on the nation.
“[W]here are the political leaders with enough foresight, integrity, and courage to accept the task of effectively representing the voters the GOP’s elitist faction leaders are betraying?” asks Keyes in a column at his site, Renew America. ”People like Mitch McConnell and John McCain clearly regard these voters with disdain. They portray authentically American conservative voters as cretins, who deserve to have no choice in politics that truly represents their faith in God and their allegiance to their country’s God- acknowledging principles.”
“The GOP leadership has now firmly conveyed its surrender in principle on issues of fundamental right like abortion and the rights of the natural family. Given this surrender, I find it especially hard to understand how people of faith can go on deluding themselves with false hopes,” he adds.
Assuming that Keyes actually managed to plant a new, religious, far right third party, a glimpse at his website shows what would be many of the key policy planks. One columnist is anti-gay American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer, whose homophobic diatribes pepper articles on the scourge of gay marriage. American Life League’s Judie Brown pens multiple pieces on the evil of Planned Parenthood and continues her crusade against birth control. Every “evil” in America is considered the side effect of a country that has “rejected God and His law in our personal lives, in our homes, and in our businesses.”
In other words, Keyes and his followers are seeking nothing short of theocracy, and they’re willing to use whatever punishments necessary to instate those rules.
A third party of the extreme religious right wouldn’t just ban abortion, but likely contraception, too, at the very least for those who aren’t married. They wouldn’t just limit marriage to only opposite sex couples, but likely push through efforts to make those marriages covenant-style, forbidding any divorce unless one spouse could prove that the other was physically harming him or her. Businesses could refuse to hire or to serve people with “lifestyles” they didn’t approve of, including a faith that isn’t synonymous with their own. Schools may not teach real science. English classes would have less literature.
Your gym class could have creationists teaching you how to shoot arrows and praise God.
Is it time for America to consider candidates openly vying for a theocracy? Alan Keyes may think so, but he may find the voters in the country don’t agree.
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