A Religious State?

As the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops continued to try to force its medieval prohibitions to contraception down the throats of Americans this past weekend, it’s time to consider the story of a Saudi journalist, Hamza Kashgari.

He was detained by the Malaysian police on Feb. 9, when he was stopped at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at the request of the Saudi government.   Since then, despite hurried efforts of supporters to halt the return of Kashgari to Saudi Arabia, he was secretly returned to his home country.  (Read more)

No he is not a murderer.  He merely wrote something which the Saudi government considers blasphemy, which is punishable by death.  According to Daily Beast, Kashgari wrote about an imaginary meeting with the Prophet Mohammed on Twitter.   The offending word addressed to the Prophet were:

”On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.”

Yes, in Saudi Arabia, blasphemy is considered a crime punishable by death; and the courts there are renowned for the authoritarian rulings; thus Kashgari has little chance of a fair trial, and may face death.

I considered this as I read about the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who are still not satisfied with the compromise offered by President Obama over the contraception issue.  Now, I have written something critical of the bishops who pretend to speak for the Church that I was baptized into, confirmed by and married in.

Perhaps my mere mention of my feelings that the Bishop’s view is “medieval” would bring a death penalty upon my head if the Catholic Church — or any other religious institution, like the burgeoning evangelicals — began to run our government.

Yet, that’s just what the Church seems to want to do, as it tries to ram its views on contraception down the throats of the general public and more specifically the hundreds of thousands of its own

John F. Kennedy speaking to religious leaders in Houston on Sept. 12, 1960.

employees in hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other enterprises throughout our nation.

President John F. Kennedy, in his great speech in Houston, Texas, in his 1960 campaign for President promised he’d keep his Catholic faith out of his government decision-making.  And he did!

Now, the Bishops, coupled with the entire Republican leadership for obvious political reasons, are seeking to make their view of things the “law of the land.”  All Christians, non-Christians and atheists alike should fear the creation of a religious state, as it is neither supportive of family values nor compassion but rather just another dictatorial state where a mere “tweet” could bring death.  Ken Germanson, Feb. 13, 2012.


One thought on “A Religious State?

  1. My 2-cents:

    I can argue both sides. Hence, the issue…hence the division.

    As I see it, based on observation, the once powerful Catholic Church is currently in a massive decline. Throughout the 50s and 60s it seemed every family of 4,5,6,7, etc. rolled into Catholic mass each and every Sunday, religiously. To a large degree, the Catholic Church “legislated” the morals and values in the community back then. Perhaps there is more news media these days but it sure seemed back then there was less crime, and certainly less divorce. If I recall, if you were married in the Catholic Church, you COUND NOT get divorced. At least, it was rare.

    To no certain degree the STATE and the CHURCH are connected at the hip when it comes to marriage and divorce (So much for the separation of CHURCH and STATE).

    Bear in mind that back in the “good ole days” it was the CHURCH that (for lack of a better word) legislated morals and values. An examination of the following State statute seems to indicate that the STATE feels it has a duty to do so:

    Wis Statute §944.01  Intent. The state recognizes that it has a duty to encourage high moral standards. Although the state does not regulate the private sexual activity of consenting adults, the state does not condone or encourage any form of sexual conduct outside the institution of marriage. Marriage is the foundation of family and society. Its stability is basic to morality and civilization, and of vital interest to society and this state.

    Now, I could write a book on why the Catholic Church entered into decline which is directly related to why so many fell away from the church or became “lapsed Catholics.”

    Nonetheless, it was the STATE that made divorce much easier and available. At least Wisconsin did so in 1977 after a feminist Mary Lou Munts championed the legislation.

    Of course, with easy divorces brings about broken families which then brings about a decline in morals and values and then comes a surge of crime. This seems to be a common sense cycle and string of events.

    The State has an interest in keeping families together. Less divorce means less crime. Less divorce means a more stable society. The STATE’s obligations to its atx-paying citizens is to NOT take care of broken familes and all of the costly ripple effects (in loco parentis). The STATE itself asserts: Marriage is the foundation of family and society. Its stability is basic to morality and civilization, and of vital interest to society and this state.

    Yet, it was the STATE that made divorce “microwavable.”

    With the decline of the church OR destruction of the church ( not necessarily Catholic) by the STATE the STATE has taken over the role of the church by legislating morals and values.

    The evidence reveals that the State has failed miserably. Perhaps its time the pendulum/experiment did begin to swing in the other direction. Sadly, that will not happen. This empire is indeed in decline and will fall. Tis the cyclical nature of man.

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