Rachel Johnson

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Federal Disaster Relief For Churches?

 

Thomas Jefferson said it well, there is a wall between church and state, and that wall should not be breached. This is one off the largest and most substantial cornerstones of our Nation, and while the cracks have been coming by the way of constant hammering by the religious right, now they are adding dynamite.

 

Churches are supposed to operate separate of the state and federal government. They have to buy land, build and insure it for the worth of the building. In the past they have gained federal funds by doing day care, and charitable donations to the poor. While that sounds fine, it is not, those are small and unforgiving breaches of the separation of state and church.

 

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, 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 and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association assurance of my high respect and esteem.”~Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

When it comes to the government dismissing this, it is negligent to the duty they are sworn to uphold and dismissive of that wall. Not only that, but it makes the church another entity of social welfare taking from those who need it most.

 

This bill would not include certain secular organizations, which is discriminatory, and discriminates on the part of the church against those who are not religious, it also removes funds from the private sector and their rebuilding and gives it to a non state established religious organization.

 

That would inflate the federal funds needed to pay for the disaster, bloating the budget and the federal deficit, and putting more on the tax payers backs to shell out for costs, and since the rich aren’t paying their fair share, it would mean more of a tax burden on people already paying taxes.

 

More is the insult and injury dealt by many states to women, especially in Ohio, where the legislation passed to defund Planned Parenthood, while bills that are created to destroy the constitution are being made to be attempted to be put into law.

 

These modern Republicans have no respect for the Constitution or the intent of the founders. Men who were willing to die for the right to liberty and freedom. They sought to break the bonds of oppression placed on them by the religious in England. Now a few hundred years later we see a level of disrespect for the original documents that is disconcerting to the core.

 

Simply, it seems that the message Republicans want to send is that religious delusion is valued over the lives of women, that their right to force us to be a religious nation supersedes the rights of the individual to be free from religion, and that they can be a destructive force to the constitution and the liberties granted us by those who worked to found a just and equal nation.

 

It is amazing and exasperating how much money is spent every year in legal fees and time debating attempts by the religious of America to attempt to legislate religion inch by vile, wretched inch into the law, and create a christian nation. Instead of a secular nation which holds the liberties for all who abide therein. Including the Muslims, Hindu, Wicca, and most important Atheist.

 

Once it was not sen as so intrusive and damaging by the religious to let cracks between this wall go unmended, but now, the cracks are opening into gaps, and the wall is slowly tumbling. Our nation is on a course to disaster, by the constant bashing of the churches.

 

They have seedy and underhanded designs, to force us back into churches, legislate our morality, and do untold harm, and it sounds like nothing more than a small bit of aid and legislation. Then it isn’t a far leap from there to state run churches, and government forced religion.

 

 

 

 

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