Perhaps you recall the “Satanic Temple” story from earlier this week regarding a religious group who offered to donate a monument on behalf of Oklahoma Satanists for display upon statehouse grounds next to the Ten Commandments. The state law clause that claims Oklahoma doesn’t favor “any particular religion or denomination” would pretty much guarantee the state would have to accept the satanic monument as part of the law. Simple, right?
Not according to American Patriarchy Association’s Bryan Fischer, because…you know…when the state refers to religion, it’s referring to Christianity. Not any of the other thousands of religions that people worship. That’s not ‘Murikan!
According to Bryan Fischer:
[box type=”shadow”]When the Founding Fathers use the word “religion” in the first amendment, they were referring to Christianity… they were trying to establish public policy for the federal government with regard to Christianity.[/box]
Yes, Mr. Fischer, we here at AATTP trust that you wholeheartedly know exactly what the Founding Fathers intended with their numerous drafts of the constitution that didn’t guarantee freedom of religion to Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and of course Pastafarians…only good ‘ol ‘Murikan Red, White, and Blue Christian God stuff.
[box type=”shadow”]If by ‘religion,’ the founders, and the founders of the state of Oklahoma, meant Christianity, then you can ban a monument to Satan because that’s not Christianity … You can say ‘no, we’re not going to let you do it. Our Constitution protects the free exercise of the Christian religion; yours is not a Christian expression, we’re not going to have that monument.[/box]
Yes! You are absolutely 100% right! Who cares what the Supreme Court ruled regarding the first amendment? Those American-hating judges spit all over the God created constitution everyday! Fischer continued, spouting,
[box type=”shadow”]If we don’t understand the word ‘religion’ to mean Christianity as the founders intended it, then we have no way to stop Islam, we have no way to stop Satanism, we have no way to stop any other sort of sinister religious practice that might creep onto the fruited plains.[/box]
Indeed! How is it possible that our Constitution provides freedom to anyone who isn’t a Christian?! How can we stop others from farting all over the conservative values everyone has come to love? Fischer makes some excellent points, as long as you don’t think about them. However, one must contemplate the notion that if the religion referred to in the First Amendment was restricted to Christianity, then that would mean the prohibition on the establishment of religion would only apply to…well…you know where this is going.
Cue head explosion.
h/t: Right Wing Watch