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Somebody Got It Right.,
This review is from: Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence (Hardcover)
I have to praise this author, in that he has made a statement that is sure to make those who wrongly think that this nation holds some special place in the Realm of Heaven, or in the mind of God, that this is just not so. In our wear your Christianity on your sleeve neo-political atmosphere, which has run rampant through our election campaigns these days, it is well about time some one set the record straight. We are a nation founded by a bunch of tax evaders, and smugglers, and people who were looking to escape Catholicism, Calvinism, and all the other isms, that were used to frighten people into submission, and to practice religion free of the influence of others, as the individual saw fit, or to have freedom from religion, all together. Freedom from Religion.
Remember the people who were here before us? How we used our so called Christian values to exterminate these people as if they were nothing more than vermin? How these people were used as slaves? Remember a President who sold Small Pox infected blankets to these same people? Remember the "Trail of Tears?" Let us not forget the horror of slavery. How those of influence brought people to this land mainly from Africa, and some from Ireland, to be abused and misused as slaves, and counted as only partial people. This is the Christianity of Christ? These are the activities of a Christian nation?
We as the author has explained in some degree twisted the writings of the so called founding fathers, because a vociferous few want a Theocracy, as opposed to the loose Democracy we now have. People who want to force school prayer, or public pseudo-christian posturing, as a way of life, and some how say the rest of us are not as righteous as they, or to say you are wrong if you disagree. People who want to have the Ten Commandments displayed in public buildings, or on public property. I believe it was Jesus Christ who said "Judge not."
As the author expresses here we are not a Christian nation, and we need to basically learn to live and let live. We are a nation of divese peoples, and a nation of diverse religions, and it seems to me we as a nation need to get used to that fact, and understand Christianity was never meant to be an in-your-face religion. Say your prayers in private, at home, or in church, and by the way you live your life will people then understand there is something different about you. Not by bullying, or destroying the Constitution. Very eye opening, thank you Mr. Dershowitz.