The Religous Right: Better Living Through Immorality November 25, 2011Posted by thegodless in Uncategorized.
For a segment of society that prides itself on superior morality and claims that morality doesn’t exist without their chosen brand of deity (regardless of the fact that moral laws and teachings pre-date the Bible and the moral teachings in the Bible are not even held to by the deity that they allegedly derive from), the religious right has been one of the largest catalysts of immorality over the last few hundred years.
While the roots of the religious right go back several centuries, it’s only been the last 60 years that the religious right has gained enough traction to make serious theocratic inroads into America’s secular democracy. From the rampant paranoia of the Red Scare to the rampant paranoia of 9/11, the religious right has been on an opportunistic march to remake America’s uniquely secular democracy into a dominionist led Christian theocracy. Ignoring all of the harm the religious right has done to America’s democracy, I’d like to focus on how the religious right’s theocratic infiltration is eroding America’s morality by making us into a nation of liars.
In 1954, during the height of the Red Scare, in order to combat what was believed at the time to be an infiltration of communists into America, the United States government decided to add the words “One Nation under God” into the US Pledge of Allegiance. Two years after “One Nation under God” was added to the US Pledge, “In God We Trust” was adopted as the National motto. In a matter of just two years, theocrats had deformed America’s democracy to the point where it was violating the religous freedoms of all it’s citizens by requiring every American to trust and be under “God”. While it’s never been explained which “God” it is that the American government claims to trust and be under, it doesn’t take much effort to see that the “God” on US currency and in the Pledge is the god of the Bible. The problem with requiring all citizens to say that they trust and are under the same god is that not all citizens actually worship the same god(s) and some (6% to 15%) in fact worship no god(s) and because of these indisputable facts, it can be easily determined that the US government, at the behest of religious right theocrats, is forcing a not insignificant portion of it’s population to lie on a daily basis. In fact, I’m not sure that there’s any other group in America that forces as many people to lie. I challenge anyone to find me a group that forcibly causes more American citizens to lie on a daily basis. I haven’t done the math, but just for my family alone, we are talking about several lies a day and thousands of lies a year. Every time I purchase or sell something, I am made a liar by the transfer of money. Every time the US government prints money, they are lying about millions of citizens. Every time the coin makers at the US mint stamp a coin or print a dollar, they lie. I won’t even get into the fact that every government official, including President Obama, is guilty of falsely representing Americans. There is simply no other way to put it. The religious right, with it’s continued support of (clearly un-Constitutional to anyone not religiously biased) inclusions of “God” into the American government, has institutionalized lying. Luckily, I suppose, for the religious right that the Bible doesn’t expressly condemn the act of forcing others to lie.