What’s Religion Got To Do With It?
by Jeremiah Joslin
I do not care one whit whether or not BHO is a Muslim. It is so unimportant in the overall scheme of things here in America. I remember the hideous issue over Kennedy’s Catholicism when I was in high school. My grandfather said that the Pope would be the “defacto” President. My mother voted for Nixon because he was raised Quaker and our next-door-neighbor voted for Kennedy because he was a Catholic. They said that with a laugh and with their tongues squarely jammed in their respective cheeks. At least my mother and the lady next door understood the idiocy of the manufactured fear.
What concerns me about Barry’s “religion” is whether or not he is acting in accordance with some underlying focus on eliminating the Christian roots of our nation. One can argue all year long about the “separation of church and state”, but those words never appear in our Constitution, anywhere. In fact the context of that statement, traced to Thomas Jefferson (1806), is this:
“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
In other words, the government will take no action, one way or the other, with regard to religion. The communist-rooted ACLU has a blast shredding that original tenant of our Constitution. Shame on them. While there are some groups who do attack religion from several different directions, most are focused on removing any reference to religion – Christianity — wherever it appears – even in our founding documents.
Fundamental people in Jewish neighborhoods can’t stand the sight of a Nativity Scene in a local park, but insist that a Menorah is fine. Their claim is that the Nativity is a purely holiday depiction of a strictly Christian event, while the Menorah represents the “way of life” of their people – come on.
Now, I am not a Constitutional Scholar by any means, but I know what I believe. I am a Quaker – a Birthright Quaker. There are not many of us around anymore. While The Religious Society of Friends is Christian, many do not side with the “virgin birth” as described in scripture. And, again, it doesn’t matter to me what so ever. What does matter is what is at the root of all major, and some not so major, religions throughout the world and history. Those basic tenants are these (not necessarily in this order): (source: Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity based on the principles of Clementia and Buddhism in the words of the Dalai Lama)
- Sense of Responsibility
- Sense of Harmony
These same basic principles are the root for all – I say again – all religions throughout the world and through all history. Yes, even the Muslim Quran proclaims these tenants or principals as the basic root of its doctrine. It’s the radicals that change the meaning or ignore them all together.
Historically, there have been radical Christians who have waged war, gone on witch-hunts, conducted brainwashing and mutilations all in the name of God. They even misused the scriptures to extend bigotry and racism into the twentieth century. Horrific deeds that were attributed to the Will of God, but were really for the sake of some narcissistic pack leader(s).
Today, the Muslim community is sparsely populated by a similar group of narcissists who, for the sake of their own image and popularity, are using the same techniques to, in their words, destroy Christianity and Judaism. Why, because every narcissist needs an enemy and the bigger the enemy the greater the potential Glory. They want to be seen as the “New Coming”. They want to be the next “Holy One”. Yet, we all know that the basic tenants of Islam are the same as all those of all those other religions.
This is where my concern begins. Knowing the root of Islam and what it has stood for over the centuries – tolerance and peace, I see an administration or perhaps a president, who has taken the position that Islam is rightly ready to take a more prominent role in the government of our nation.
The DNC was prepared to open its convention with a couple of days of celebration of Islam. It was to begin with “…starting Friday afternoon there will be Islamic prayers followed by an evening halal banquet and then Saturday there will be an Islamic “festival” – all presided over by the Grand Imam, Siraj Wahhaj. Now, there’s a great guy. Here are some of the things the Grand Imam has said:
(From the American Thinker — 12/21/12: Richard Butrick: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/08/an_islamic_festival_to_jump_start_the_dnc.html).
- “Wherever you came from, you came to America. And you came for one reason- for one reason only- to establish Allah’s deen [Islam as a complete way of life], as a servant of Allah.”
- “Islam is better than democracy. Allah will cause his deen [Islam as a complete way of life], Islam to prevail over every kind of system, and you know what? It will happen.”
- “If Allah says 100 strikes, 100 strikes it is. If Allah says cut off their hand, you cut off their hand. If Allah says stone them to death, through the Prophet Muhammad, then you stone them to death, because it’s the obedience of Allah and his messenger — nothing personal.”
Yet, that same DNC, under the direction from our President, initially sought not to have a benediction to close the convention. Initially, they even specifically removed reference to God and the reference to Jerusalem from the Party Platform. Although BHO finally gave in and let Timothy Cardinal Dolan give the benediction, initially the Cardinal was snubbed — Christianity out, Islam in.
One month prior to 9/11/12 our President said in remarks to the Turkish Parliament, “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over may centuries to shape the world for the better, including my own country.” It was another stop on his four-year-long apologist tour. What did he say about the terrorist threats to World Peace (“Peace” being one of the basic tenants of Islam)? Nothing, not a thing!
Again, Islam has the same basic tenants as all other religions. I don’t care which one we name. Yet, our President chooses to ignore that and promotes Islam at his convention while intending to eliminate all reference to Christianity, which is without doubt as proclaimed by all our early governing and exploratory documents, the founding principle of our nation.
“In God We Trust”, “One Nation Under God”, “Endowed by Their Creator” – don’t you see. It doesn’t matter what or which God we are talking about. I happen to believe they are all the same God, but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they all – or [He] – governs the universe with the same principles that Cesear Augustus used to created Pax Romana and our founding fathers used as the foundation on which they built our nation. And today, our President has chosen to look the other way. I see him now as not only incompetent but as one of those narcissists waiting for the big event that will propel him to greatness and he’s using our religions to do it.
Stop focusing on the name of the religion or deity. Even if we choose to remove the deity from all reference, as the atheists wish, what is wrong with the tenants? But, why would we even listen to those people in the first place? Our religions all want the same things. Atheists don’t have to acknowledge what we believe but they cannot eliminate what it is we believe. The real problem here is that BHO seems to be favoring one religion over another—Islam over Christianity, which contributes eventually to the greatness of the narcissistic leadership of that extreme Islamic minority. Full circle: Our incompetent President completes the circle – giving the nod to them, makes them greater than he. Making himself the toady of the terrorists.
What he doesn’t understand is that if we live our lives and run our nation and see the world within the boundaries of those basic principles, irrespective of the name we choose to call them, it will be a better place and our God will be happy with us and we will be happy with ourselves.