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Sharron Angle Would Legislate Biblical Law

Sharron Angle Would Legislate Biblical Law

Like all religious politicians, Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle conveniently sees her campaign as just another part of God’s plan. To be specific, Angle’s god is of the Southern Baptist Christian variety–not Catholic, not Muslim, not Jewish, not Mormon, not Seventh Day Adventist–you get the picture.  That means that when she speaks of making the United States a Christian nation, she means something very specific. I think we can agree at this point that Angle does not favor the separation of church and state as expressed by Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in his famous Wall of Separation Letter. In fact, as Anjeanette Damon of the Las Vegas Sun reports, Angle may be a Christian Reconstructionist.

Christian Reconstructionists believe in a return to Mosaic law or the Law of Moses.  According to Frederick Clarkson, author and lecturer who has written extensively on right-wing religious groups from the Christian Coalition to the Unification Church:”

“Reconstructionism would eliminate not only democracy but many of its manifestations, such as labor unions, civil rights laws, and public schools. Women would be generally relegated to hearth and home. Insufficiently Christian men would be denied citizenship, perhaps executed. So severe is this theocracy that it would extend capital punishment beyond such crimes as kidnapping, rape, and murder to include, among other things, blasphemy, heresy, adultery, and homosexuality.”

I find it striking how violent Christian Reconstructionism is and how closely it mirrors Sharia Law with it’s wide application of the death penalty for crimes from murder, rape, and kidnapping to adultery, homosexuality, abortion, and sex outside of marriage (presumably for women only).

Like other conservative religious figures, Angle’s views of how to support the “traditional family” in the United States is completely at odds with actually providing support for families. If Angle really wants families to survive and thrive with one bread winner, she would support unions since union membership increases the wages and benefits of its members.  Or she would support employer childcare programs, health care reform, family planning, etc., because these programs assist parents with economically challenging circumstances and help them provide a more stable family environment. Instead, Angle supports policies that would erase the tax base and eradicate social services that allow many families to survive whether they have two working parents or one.  As a policy position, it’s not just inconsistent, it’s unkind.

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7:32PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

If the bible were law I would have already been thrown in jail. (Atheists are just like you people)

12:27PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Perhaps we should start calling her "Sharia" Angle.

On the other hand, if these people want to use the Bible as their template for public policy, let them examine The Book of Acts 4:34-35: "Neither was there any that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need."

Now, fast forward to Karl Marx's Critique of the Gotha Program which says, somewhat more concisely: "from each according to his ability; to each according to his need."

You can accuse Marx of many things, but the only charge that really sticks is "plagiarism."

11:19AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Oh Goody, another one. Thanks Tracy!~

4:39AM PDT on May 3, 2011

p.s. remember folks: religion has had it's time at ruling the world, and there's a very good reason why those times are called "the dark ages".

4:37AM PDT on May 3, 2011

it is amazing, how evil, lowlife morons can gain so much power...

and we have yet ANOTHER example of why religion is evil & should be banned.

6:55AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

I think she goes to far in her thought...

11:09PM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

For those who support religious tolerance / diversity, please see:

http://tinyurl.com/USArelTol

9:35AM PDT on Sep 13, 2010

Extremism, whether it be Muslim, Christian, Jewish, etc is the real problem. Ironically, Many religious extremists (who can't stand other religions than their own) share similar beliefs. Strict Sharia law is quite similar to strict Biblical law. Religion tends to divide us, spirituality tend to bring us together. When religion is used as a tool of spirituality, it can have value. When it's used as an end in itself, it is often destructive.....

6:20PM PDT on Aug 22, 2010

Since I 'm not very computer literate, I find this is the only way to clarify what seems to be a misunderstanding . I thought the article was great. However, at 45 I feel betrayed by my own religion. The New Testament was created under the authority and guidance of a Pagan Roman ruler, intellectuals of the time , and those whose power was religiously based . I do not Question neither FATHER/,or SON nor the word of God. However, I do not trust mankind and there is a book of Mary and there is also the book of Judas? My point was considering those involved in the formation of the New Testament, the fact that Peter walked on water with Christ's teaching, love, and support. So why then after 2000yrs are we in the current state that mankind is,; why aren't we all walking on water. As for legislating the Bible? Silly, we are not a secular state such as Iran; people immigrated here to HAVE religious freedom. Thank you to the author- it is important that everybody knows what our political parties are up to, and what there format or plan' is.

3:38PM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

Diana H:First this country never was founded on Christian values or whatever you want to call it.This country was founded by the indigenous people who already had an established belief system that was more empathetic and generous to those who were in need than the Christian system you speak of.The first invaders were the Puritans who were fleeing religious persecution and they in turn upon arriving here denied the original peoples their rights to practice their beliefs as they did for centuries before the white man arrived.When the Christians invaded,they continued the denial of the religious teachings of the First Peoples and not only that,lied,stole, murdered,coveted and disrespected over half of the commandments their God gave to them to live by and supposedly make the Christians better people.We all know how that turned out.

Biblical principals were not the basis of the Constitution nor were they the under girding foundation of this country. America was based on the democratic way that the Native American Indians organized their tribes.That is where it came from and not the Bible.You need to study history,not just a book of heresy that has been misinterpreted, altered,changed to the current interpreters view of thinking and understanding of things and is one of the biggest books of gossip out there today.What you have is not the word of God,it is written by anonymous persons unknown.John was not written by John, nor was Peter,Paul or any other books of todays Bible.

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