Conservative’s Dream of a “Religious Right” Third Party Sounds Like a Nightmare

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.”

They have even offered an open platform and uncritical interview with a man who has proclaimed that killing abortion providers is “justifiable homicide.”

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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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

I say give them land to rule. send them out to their own little island and let them preach and control and hate all they ant. They'd die off or kill each other

William Eaves
William Eaves4 years ago

Why would any country want to be governed by an outdated and well "past its belive by date" superstition ? This is the 21st century not the middle ages.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

Shondrea we dont have to lable ourselves anything to please you. Many of the liberals in here beleive in God too. Half the people you sit in chruch with are liberals. The probloem is some people in our GOVRERMN want to FORCE a state religion…….the very thing our forefahters left europe to get way from. Thewre have always been beleives and non-believers.

Whichever god you wish to love and follow is fine with me…..and with most people here. Its what institutions and government do with religion and God that is distrubing to many in here.

scarlett g.
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Nils Anders Lunde
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Nelson Petrie
Nelson Petrie4 years ago

It is most unfortunate that the right wing elements of the political strata do not realize that their profound intensity of pushing their religious agenda on an unwary public will actually harm Christianity. You cannot change people's lives,and for that matter people's opinion by pushing religious views down their gullets. Do they know religious fundamentalism exists only in the more backward,less educated parts of the USA? Such religious fundamentalism in truth pushes back development and progress. Religious fundamentalism of the non-Christian variety,chiefly Muslim, exists for instance in backward Afghanistan, Iraq and in the Northwestern province of Pakistan where people hate women being educated. So much so that they shot a young school girl named Malaila. American conservative Christians have a similar agenda and in many ways are no different from the Pakistan Taliban.These people (the American religious right) will push back America into the medieval ages.

Elke Hoppenbrouwers

When you read the comments, you see who feels attacked by the article. I have never believed that extremism is good for anyone. I must say that includes the religious right and the teaparty. I have also never believed that the US government ever prescribed, which religion I should follow. The freedom of religion is a constitutionally guaranteed right. That means that anyone can follow the religion they feel most comfortable with or none at all but it does not mean that we have to follow one state religion. As we supposedly have a separation of church and state, I get very upset when I hear politicians justifying laws because the bible tells us, the bible is 2000 year old writing that speaks about human values but also about a totally different time. I get equally upset when I read that science textbooks are supposed to teach creationism instead of evolution. Aren't we too intelligent and 'evolved' to believe in this religious interpretation?

Shondrea Davis
Past Member 4 years ago

Care2Causes, I have noticed an astronomical increase in you anti-Conservative, anti Judeo-Christian beliefs posts and blogs. They have increased beyond what I can disregard. Blatant forms of Question Forming and Title Manipulation, purposefully formed to make the Christian community appear negative and evil. If you do not want our support label yourself Libral so those of us who love God can be forewarned and seek other outlets for humanitarian and animal rights. You keep attacking this group with one sided arguments and biased commentary. It is disgusting and I'm getting tired of it! I am a university student who just completed and Propaganda and Media Effects class and many technique you are using are textbook. I will stop sharing your website if this continues and delete you from my contacts. Keep your 5th Age agenda to yourself; if loving God, your neighbor, not stealing, or commiting adultry is repulsive to you then I want no part of you. Soon you who want a Godless Earth will have it, but it won't be the utopia you think it will, It'll be literally Hell on earth and it's what you deserve. We won't be here to see it.

Mary L.
Mary L4 years ago

Norma V, if you're talking about the "Pilgrim Fathers" They were escaping persecution for being far right nut jobs. They wanted to BE the persecutors, not the persecuted.

Roger William who believed in a more tolerant attitude was tossed out in to the wilderness to die. He founded Rhode Island instead.

They did the same to Anne Hutchinson and John Wheelwright. Their descendants are the people reported on in this piece.