“…no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” – United States Constitution, Article VI
This principle has long been interpreted to mean that no elected or appointed federal employee can be required to adhere to any religion or accept any religious belief or doctrine. This is true regardless if their position is a career choice or a political aspiration.
As well, this includes the context of any oath of office, because the United States was founded as a secular nation, and the Constitution that governs us is a secular document. Lately though, the linguistic puke that is being vomited out of the mouths of the Republican Presidential candidates causes one to believe that the person who is to occupy the Oval Office must, without a doubt, be one rung above Betty Bowers on the ladder of America’s best Christians.
A Parody Unto Themselves…
Personally, I don’t give a flying fuck through a rolling donut what idiocy people choose to believe. If someone’s idea of religion is jumping up and down on their sofa, naked, while eating a slice of pepperoni pizza, then let ‘em have at it. Christian, Mormon, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hindu or whatever they choose to replace reality with is, frankly, none of my business as long as they are not doing anything harmful –especially involving children.
However, the odds that any given GOP Presidential Candidate are practicing what they preach are slightly better than Angelina Jolie calling me up for a date on the same day I won every single lottery available in the entire United States, after surviving forty-three consecutive lightning strikes within seconds of being hit by a train that fell out of the belly of an airplane, on a leap year.
The hypocrisy that is leaking from the bloated carcass of the current crop of GOP Presidential candidates leads me to reason that if the majority of Republican constituents believed that the earth was created from the farts of cosmic porcupines, the Republican Presidential candidates would be touting their holy and undying devotion to gaseous prickly rodents, and be campaigning on a platform that is in line with the Holy Book of Odiferous Spikieness.
Run The Country, Not Our Lives…
OK, before the Paulbots have spontaneous orgasms because this sounds like a Neo-Libertarian Battle Cry, rest assured, it is not. I am about as far from Libertarian politics as east is from west. I am not in favor of smaller government, I like the EPA and the fact that there are agencies to regulate what can be called “beef.”
However, I am in favor of the government staying out of our personal lives, and the religious right have a completely different agenda. This is obvious, considering their meddling insistence to dictate what they think we all should drink, smoke, watch on television, who we should marry and what a woman does with her vagina and other parts of her reproductive system. Those are a few of many other intrusions.
I Don’t Ask Much…
As a voter, I don’t reason myself to be particularly demanding. I want to know where a candidate stands on issues such as the economy, our infrastructure, the efficient defense of our nation, the availability of healthcare for all of us, shoring up social security, veterans affairs, etc. And I want the freedom to be able to discuss these issues on their own merits, without having to allow for the consideration of what “God” might think.
I want to discuss what they are planning to do about climate change, not whether it exists or not. I want to discuss when the science books are going to be updated with the latest facts about our evolution, not whether it is true or not. I want to know what they intend to do about those industries that can cause harm if left unregulated or if current regulations are further relaxed, not about how Jesus fed five thousand people with a three loaves and a fish.
I have lost interest in following the coverage of Republican candidates from the point of view of a voter. Not because I am not Republican, but because their campaigns have lost focus on the issues that interest me. In fact, they have lost focus on the average American citizen, including their own constituents.
I Am Getting Nothing…
The issues I wrote about above – the economy, infrastructure, defense, etc. – used to be on the forefront of the media’s election coverage when the contest began. But as time went by, religious issues began to take more and more precedence in their campaigns. Now, instead of informed debates and insightful interviews, we are inundated with immature cock-blocking as the candidates argue who is the holiest, most pious, bible-thumping, Jesus-worshiping godgobbler in the land.
Romney questions the faith of Gingrich. Gingrich questions the faith of Santorum. Santorum questions the faith of Obama. One says they are the most biblically minded candidate. Another says they have been a member of their faith the longest. The other says that they go to church more often. All are making statements about how much they believe in whatever doctrine is trending on Twitter. One has his picture taken behind a pulpit. Another has his picture taken with hands laid on him. The other has video taken of them walking into church.
It’s really sad to watch, actually. The whole thing reminds of a puppet show. The GOP candidates have sold out, and for thirty pieces of silver have become little more than a ventriloquist’s dummy, with the hands of the religious right playing with the little levers that control their actions.