Examples of Christian nationalism in our schools and gay marriage
Issues in the News:
I. Bill O'Reilly, debated with devout Christian and talk show host Laura Ingraham about his previous on-air statement, "The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That is where the compelling argument is. We're Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else. That's a compelling argument, and to deny that you've got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn't been able to do anything but thump the Bible."
O'Reilly was right, the anti-gay marriage folks won't win the policy debate by thumping the bible. Ingraham was upset with his words, she found it disrespectful to Christians. Well, let's be honest, people do thump the bible, quite a lot. When I testified against bans on same sex marriage in the Wisconsin Legislature, every citizen who testified for the bill quoted the bible.
This was over 100 people. There is no secular reason to oppose marriage equality. Indeed, Ingraham told O'Reilly to give it time for the anti-marriage equality forces so "people will come up with better arguments." In other words she admitted that non-religious arguments against marriage equality are basically a charade to cover up for the religious ones.
II. A Catholic school in Louisiana mandates that teachers oppose marriage equality for gays, birth control and strangely, non-Catholic marriages. This school is so far to the religious right-wing, they think non-Catholics who marry aren't legitimately married. So not only do they oppose gays marrying, they oppose Baptists, Pentecostals and Mormons who oppose same sex marriage, from marrying.
III. In Arkansas, a Democrat (yes even Dems can be theocrats at times) legislator has introduced a bill to mandate the Lord's Prayer recited at the start of the day in public schools. This is in order to teach students that the Pilgrims recited these lines. In other words, to learn one small historical fact, one must perform it every day for years.
I guess students have to recite the Magna Carta in order to see how much it helped lay the foundation for our republic. Indeed, one of the lines in the bill states, "Students shall be informed that these exercises are not meant to influence an individual’s personal religious beliefs in any manner." Of course not, there is no intention involved in pushing religion, of course not.
IV. In parts of the world which are completely dominated by religious superstitions/dogma (be it Islamic or Christian dogma) children are killed and tormented for being supposed witches. Yes, just like in the 1600s, but happening today.
V. There are state lawmakers who want the names of any students who object to religious promotion/ endorsement in public schools,to have their names released to the public if they are listed as a party in such a lawsuit. This ignores the fact that atheist students like Jessica Ahlquist faced death and rape threats for objections to a prayer banner.
Finally, if you want to support keeping church and state separate please think about joining the American Civil Liberties Union or Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.