Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Political Roundup

Michele Bachmann Manages to Misquote Both Scripture and John Adams

Kansas Rep. Pete DeGraaf: Being Impregnated During Rape is Just Like Getting a Flat Tire

Obama's Faith Questioned by Minn. State Legislature Chaplain

Oregon Senate Votes to End Faith Healing Defense for Medicare

Get your religious views out of our government... this is not a "christian" nation. This is a nation for all people, regardless of which faith they attest to or choose to deny. This constant meddling by the christian right is hindering our ability to progress as a society. From faith based healing killing innocent children that we can cure with modern medicine, to positions on what health care women can receive and how homosexuals should be treated and of course the albatross in the room, how we deal with israel, along with countless others. This government was founded on the premise that all men were created equal and on the separation of church and state. These two fundamental truths are under attack and those of sound mind have to stand up to defend these liberties we hold so dearly.

In the words of President John Adams in the Treaty of Tripoli, ratified by the senate and signed by the president June 1797:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

And here is President John Adams again in "A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America" (1787-88):

The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.

A government run by reason and senses, not by heavenly dictate...

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