Saturday, August 14, 2004

More wise words from the always-wise Robert Reich. His topic this time: Bush's infatuation with blurring the Constitutional line between church & state. I laugh when I hear a Republican invoke the name of a Founding Father, holding them up in such high regard, and yet their man in the White House regularly pisses all over the intent of these gents.

Some nuggets from Reich:

The Bush campaign wants religious groups to enter the political fray -- with costs offset by the federal government.
The Constitution of the United States prohibits the federal government from enacting laws that promote or establish any religion. That's because the Framers understood the importance of keeping a strict separation between church and state.
In its eagerness to promote the teaching of creationism in public schools, encourage school prayer, support anti-sodomy statutes, ban abortions, bar gay marriage, limit the use of stem cells, reduce access to contraceptives, and advance the idea of America as a "Christian nation," the Bush administration has done more to politicize religion than any administration in recent American history.
The underlying battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernist fanatics; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe blind allegiance to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is no more than preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe that truth is revealed solely through scripture and religious dogma, and those who rely primarily on science, reason, and logic.

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