Now that the political primaries are over and the candidates have been chosen it would be a good idea to reflect upon one of the ways in which our precious secular Constitution has been violated. I will dispense with all of the documented ways the Bush administration has failed to uphold the Constitution. Instead, I wish to bring to the public's attention how the American people themselves have violated the Constitution in a very serious way.
Article. VI. - Debts, Supremacy, Oaths - reads as follows:
All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Please note the last paragraph of Article VI that I have highlighted and put in italics. "No religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
I have heard so much made of each presidential candidates' religion, religious beliefs and even their father's religion that I sometimes think we surely must be electing a religious leader. Every time we even bring up the religious belief of any candidate for public office we are collectively violating the Constitution. Wouldn't it be nice if the next time someone calls in and says they will or won't support a particular candidate because of his religious beliefs that the moderator would interject that what they have just stated is against the law.
Religion is taken so seriously in politics in this country that it is actually funny. President Bush says that god talks to him. And that is considered sane? A voice in this man's head is identified as god. I don't know about you but any voices in my head are clearly my own and not from anyone else.
At the same time during the ABC debate Dennis Kucinich was asked if he ever saw a UFO. He answered that he had. He was ridiculed for that answer even though he had explained that UFO simply means an Unidentified Flying Object or something that he saw moving in the sky that he could not identify. Had he said that he saw god flying in the sky with a host of angles he would have not only not been ridiculed but he would have enhanced his chances to be president.
It appears that what should be considered total insanity; having a conversation with a non-existent spirit, is perfectly normal if you Identify the spirit as the great man in the sky or should it be the great woman in the sky. But, wait a minute. Are they identifying god as one with gender? With genitals? Does this god reproduce? If so with whom? At least maybe they could take at least one logical step in this illogical framework and refer to god as "it." As for myself, I choose "Non of the Above."
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