Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Manhattan Project's True Bomb


     There is brave editorial  in the Los Angeles Times today.  The editorial calls conservative Christian churches, including the Catholic church, to accountability for their recent actions to derail healthcare reform, civil marriage rights for same sex couples, and women's reproductive rights that culminated in the release of the Manhattan Declaration last week.

     Concerning the Declaration's call for civil disobedience in order to get the nation to adhere to Christian religious laws, the Times editorial concludes:
     This apocalyptic argument for lawbreaking is disingenuous, but it is also dangerous. Did the Roman Catholic bishops who signed the manifesto consider how their endorsement of lawbreaking in a higher cause might embolden the antiabortion terrorists they claim to condemn? Did they stop to think that, by reserving the right to resist laws they don't like, they forfeit the authority to intervene in the enactment of those laws, as they have done in the congressional debate over healthcare reform? They need to be reminded that this is a nation of laws, not of men -- even holy men.

Girl Lashed over Skirt

     Right wing Christians in our country just don't get it.  Separation of church and state is necessary to protect people of all religious beliefs, non-believers and believers alike.

     Reuters reports:
     A 16-year-old south Sudanese girl was lashed 50 times after a judge ruled her knee-length skirt was indecent, her lawyer and family said in the latest case to push Sudan's Islamic law into the spotlight.
     Life in a state ruled by religious law:
     Sudan is supposed to be working to soften the impact of Shariah for southerners living in Khartoum under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of north-south civil war. The deal lifted Shariah law in the south, where most follow Christianity and traditional beliefs.
     Women's groups argue the decency laws are too vague, giving the country's separate public order police too much freedom to decide what kind of dress is appropriate.
     Of course, back here in the USA, Conservative Christians are the one's trying to impose their religious views, which are disputed by people of all denominations, upon the general public.  Don't they realize that separation of church and state also protects them?  Apparently their historical memory has eroded under some sort of divine Alzheimer's.