Stupid Quotes From Politicians, Shaped By Their Religious Beliefs
By Matthew Desmond
‘..that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them (American soliders) out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we are praying for, that there is a plan, and that that plan is God’s plan.” –Sarah Palin, talking about our troops fighting in Iraq, and the War in Iraq.
People that use religion as a justification for violence and war are responsible for a majority of the atrocities committed in the world. Not just in the last decade or century, but for thousands of years. In the 21st Century do we really need political leaders who think they can use their religion as justification for war?
”The Girl Scouts allow homosexuals and atheists to join their ranks, and they have become a pro-abortion, feminist training corps. If the Girl Scouts of America can’t get back to teaching real character, perhaps it will be time to look for our cookies elsewhere.” -Hans Zeiger, Republican candidate for Congress in Washinton state (as of yesterday he has a majority of the vote and could very well win the election)
Blatant demagogy like this in politics is seriously detrimental to our country. How can we have equality in a country where politicians can win an election making bigoted statements about people that don’t share their religious views?
“But the Lord says be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands” –Michele Bachmann.
Let’s be honest- do you really want a woman legislating who thinks that women should be subservient to men? People might have thought this kind of statement was acceptable in the 18th Century, but do we really need political leaders that still have this philosophy in the 21st Century?
”Do you know, where does this phrase ‘separation of church and state’ come from? It was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. … The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they’re Nazis.” -Glen Urquhart, defeated Republican candidate for the Delaware House of Representatives.
Anyone that believes that church and state should be kept separate is a Nazi? Does that make almost all of our Founding Fathers Nazis? It was very clear from the founders’ writings and their works that they wanted church and state to be kept separate. Do we need legislators who think that people that share the same beliefs as our founders are Nazis?
Those are just 4 quotes from 4 politicians about religion, but the list goes on and on. I’m going to end this piece with quotes from the Founding Fathers that I think clearly illustrate what is wrong with the quotes I listed above.
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprize [sic], every expanded prospect. (James Madison, in a letter to William Bradford, April 1, 1774, as quoted by Edwin S. Gaustad, Faith of Our Fathers: Religion and the New Nation, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987, p. 37.)
“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.” -Thomas Jefferson
Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society. (George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792; from George Seldes, ed., The Great Quotations, Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1983, p. 726.)