Lessons in religion
In response to the letter by Paul Olson:
The suggestion by Mr. Olson that men like me are seeking to take our nation to Third World status and that my objective is to “remove morality from our government” has two sources. One is ignorance, and the other is a total lack of open dialogue and debate in our supposed democracy.
As a “believer” in the person of Christ and a member of a Baptist fellowship of believers here in Johnston County, I invite Mr. Olson to an open debate on this issue of religious freedom and the separation of church and state.
As one who has done graduate-level study of comparative religions at a Baptist seminary, I was taught correctly that Yaweh, Jehovah and Allah are all the same divine being known in English as God. All three faiths spring from the same soil and history.
Mr. Olson, Allah and God are one and the same. That’s a fact.
Concerning the “…one nation under God” phrase, this was not added to our pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America until 1953 during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower. It was done at this time because of our fear of the threat of communism. Our Founding Fathers had nothing to do with this addition to this pledge.
Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli notes that “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”
And Frank Lambert, a professor of history at Purdue University, wrote: “By their actions, the Founding Fathers made clear that their primary concern was religious freedom, not the advancement of a state religion. Individuals, not the government, would define religious faith and practice in the United States. Thus the Founders ensured that in no official sense would America be a Christian Republic.”
I will continue to confront Christian Dominionism as a total perversion of our Christian faith and as a cancer within our political system currently embraced by the far right wing of the Republican Party. Those truly committed to this theology call for the execution of gays and lesbians, adulterers, juvenile delinquents and many more, some by stoning.
If this does not sound like a form of “Christian Sharia law,” what else would one call it?