Fake Christians Tear Up the Constitution in Chesterfield County, Virginia

Mark_Twain_ReligionThe American Civil Liberties Union reports some very troubling – if predictable – news from the First Amendment Front. While the Cuban anarchist Ted Cruz, who knows something about violating the First Amendment, is claiming that Democrats will repeal the First Amendment, he and his Republican allies are busy tearing it up. Ted Cruz told his fellow traitors Thursday, “When you think it can’t get any worse, it does,” and he was 100 percent correct.

Not because, as he claims, “This year, I’m sorry to tell you, the United States Senate is going to be voting on a constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment.”

But because, as the ACLU is reporting, in a move certain to be followed by other red counties across the country,

The Chesterfield County, Va., Board of Supervisors may not permit only “ordained religious leaders of monotheistic religions” to offer prayers before board meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia say.

A Wiccan had asked to deliver an invocation and was denied, on the grounds that Wicca is “neo-pagan and invokes polytheistic, pre-Christian deities,” and therefore it does not fall within “the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

Never mind that Thomas Jefferson said, “But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” Or that the Constitution bans religious tests, and that nowhere in that Constitution are worshipers of pre-Christian deities banned from participation in American democracy.

According to the ACLU,

Chesterfield’s prayer practice was approved in 2005 by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in Simpson v. Chesterfield County upheld the board’s policy of opening meetings with an invocation given by invited local clergy whose names are drawn from an official county list.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in The Town of Greece v. Galloway permits sectarian prayer gives some fake Christians the idea that only Christian prayer is allowed and the ACLU wishes to point out “that is a misinterpretation of what the high court actually said.”

To judge from their actions, it is entirely reasonable to conclude that Republicans like Ted Cruz already consider the First Amendment to be null and void. It has not been repealed; they just intend to ignore it.

And don’t think it’s just Pagans who are being persecuted here: other monotheists, like Sikhs, are as well. As the ACLU informs us,

[T]he county’s list of religious organizations invited to deliver invocations excludes the Chesterfield County Sikh congregation Richmond Gurdwara, even though, according to the group’s website, Sikhs practice “strict monotheism.”

Because, you know, they’re not Christians and therefore the First Amendment does not apply according to the popular Religious Right meme that the amendment that bans establishment of state-sponsored religion establishes Christianity as state-sponsored religion.

Don’t ask me how this works. They believe Noah had dinosaurs after all and the world is 6,000 years old. Mark Twain, as he so often was, had this one right. Higher thinking – indeed, cognition of any kind – seems beyond their reach. Nothing is allowed to get in the way of their all consuming hate for America and for its very secular Constitution.

Not to insult monkeys. If the Republicans were bonobos, they would at least not be killing people. And they would enjoy sex, which, believe me, would make all of us a lot happier.

Fortunately, the Constitution and the First Amendment still have their defenders. In this case, the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the two have sent a letter to the board asking for a response with 14 days, pointing out that “all faiths must have an opportunity to offer pre-meeting prayers in order for the board’s policy to comply with the First Amendment” and that the board’s “requirement that prayer-givers be ‘ordained’ is similarly problematic, as some religions do not require their clergy to be ordained, and others do not have clergy at all.”

If Republicans get their way, there will be no need for anybody to repeal the First Amendment, because it will have already been destroyed by Ted Cruz and his friends.

It is understandable that foreign powers might wish to strip Americans of their constitutional rights. But Americans must ask themselves why Republicans are so determined to take away their freedoms. The answer, I promise you, won’t be much to their liking, because it will have nothing to do with liberty, and everything to do with slavery.

24 Replies to “Fake Christians Tear Up the Constitution in Chesterfield County, Virginia”

  1. Once people are stupid enough to attempt to define “religion”, the can is tipped over and the worms are crawling. We can thank the conservative idiots in SCOTUS for this.

    It is no different than the nightmares invoked when asked to “define pornography”.

    If people really believe that governing needs to be blessed by any god, then the only solution is to have a one minute of silence and let each person do their thing.

    Secular government is less than perfect but it beats the hell out of religious squabbles.

  2. What we have is a religion so desperate and paranoid that is is trying anything to remain the only religion. Over the century’s we know that christians have done anything to make their religion the only one. This is old time crap religion practice at its best. Be afraid christians, someone else might be praying and ruining your little path to heaven.

    And they are willing to do anything to assuage their fears. Including pushing their crap on others.

  3. In order to remake America, they had to first remake Christianity to edit out all the love and forgiveness and turning the other cheek, and then tear up the First Amendment and pretend the Constitution consists only of the Second and Tenth Amendments. Easy!

  4. Exactly why my christians friends here in Tn no longer mention jesus. These are dedicated Southern baptists. The women I thought were examples of good christians are now more interested in guns. Jesus is out, the cold blooded god is in

  5. Religious fanaticism comes in waves, whenever there is a Democrat in office. They think they have it so bad because president Obama is pro gay marriage? Who does that hurt? really?
    Where were they to protest the war that Bush & Co railroaded us into? Many of these Christians are poor and uneducated and it was their sons and daughters that went over there. The Republicans are taking food out of their mouths and poisoning their land while they pray for deliverance that will never come.

    And the president is the bad guy?

  6. I get tired of hearing the Christian Right talk about Jesus and the Bible and yet do everything that it says not to do. Don’t they understand that you are suppose to love everyone. That what you do to the poor, you do to Jesus. That God is the only God you are to serve, yet they worship their guns. If they would speak up for God like they do their guns, how better off they would be. No wonder the Bible speaks of us like sheep, instead of them thinking for themselves, they follow and listen to those like Cruz, Roberts and the rest of the cronies. Their God is the gun and their religion is hypocrisy.

  7. Ted Cruz is a commie taught by his fake minister commie father, (who fought along side the commie dictator Castro), how to infiltrate the US Government by disrupting any or all of the constitutional process, which probably took his commie father, his commie childs lifetime to learn, this guy and a whole lot of others in federal and state governments are only in office elected by the totally uninformed to disrupt and possibly overthrow the laws set by the constitution.

  8. I was so hoping that city councils were serious about allowing any sect to open the meeting with a prayer. I was going to sign up, have them designate and altar, and slaughter a bull…burning the fat in prayer.

    My neighbor, Fast Eddie, believes that god is The Great Meatball in the Sky. He wanted to open dressed in his fire engine red speedo, smearing himself with Ragu while shouting CHEF BOY R DEE as his prayer.

    Clearly this is an issue that needs to be revisited by the courts. The FUNdaMENTALists have taken their decision as a green flag to spread hate and discontent.

  9. Send the Hare Krishna devotees to pray. Their religion is 100% monotheistic and considers Chaitanya Mahapradhu to be an authentic ‘coming of the Lord’ only 500 years ago.

  10. Funny thing about Christians and homosexuality? They don’t read their Bible…especially when it comes to homosexuality. They even bring Sodom and Gomorrah too. Still, bring up Sodom and Gomorrah, why?

    Ezekiel 16:49
    49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

    Where does it say homosexuality? This is God speaking and He never said anything about destroying Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality…more like being a teabagger. So it’s implied? Then God is a liar and He’s violating his own Command:

    Exodus 20 vs. 16
    16 Thou shalt not bear flse witness against thy neighbor

    Never challenge a former-Christian-turned-atheist to the Bible. We will always win.

    Great story!

  11. The cold-blooded god has always been in. The god described in the wholly babble is a genocidal psychopath. Come to think of it, that’s probably why the moronic RWNJ want him/her/it/them to “bless” their governmental functions.

  12. The interpretation of the bible is open to interpretation; the U.S. Constitution is not!

    “All men are born with a nose and five fingers, but no one is born with the knowledge of God.” — Voltaire

  13. Even the Supreme Court has failed consistently to recognize that the “no establishment” and “free exercise” clauses of the First Amendment boil down to the fact that NO governmental entity is legally competent to define “religion.” Back in the Viet Nam draft resistance days, the courts glibly decided that no one could claim, in conscience, to object to a particular war on religious grounds, only to war in general. If the government can define what constitutes a “legitimate” religion, there is no religious freedom.

  14. “And the president is the bad guy?”

    Well of course. It is a well-known fact that Obama is to blame for all the problems, not only in America, but in the entire world. I heard somebody say that it is in the Bible,um…somewhere.

  15. The real “Sodomites” are those who do not help the poor.

    It is ironic that they consider homosexuality as being the greatest moral issue of our time, when it is really poverty. And you don’t need that verse to tell you that. If you have any empathy at all in you you will see that.

    But it is always more important for them to focus on other people’s “sins” than their own. It is pretty ridiculous that they pull out every Bible verse that *appears* to get them out of their obligation to help the poor and ignore the ones that do say that have to help the poor.

    I said “appears” because they really do not. “God loves a cheerful giver” does not mean that you should only give when you feel cheerful!

    “The poor you shall have with you always” does not mean that you should ignore their plight.

    “He who will not work will not eat” does not apply to those who can’t find jobs, the disabled, the elderly or other people who may find themselves in unfortunate circumstances.

  16. The hardest thing for fundamentalist Christians to understand about the Constitution is its fundamental fairness.

    Either you exclude all religions or you include them all. Neither option is acceptable to these people.

    They whine if they are not allowed to have Christian prayer. The alternative is to allow ALL RELIGIOUS PRAYER. But that is no good either.

    They are literally warring against the Founding Fathers who knew much more about the disasters of religious conflict than they do. And in fact the *United* States would not have existed without a reasonable compromise. We had Puritans killing Quakers and their own people for “heresy” Other sects imprisoned both Christians of other sects and non-Christians. What these idiots do not understand is it was not just about not having a state religion like England, but also to keep the peace between Christian sects and also non-Christians.

    Our country is in deep trouble because they don’t understand history at all.

  17. I love the “Constitutionalists” who know nothing about the Constitution and would not support it even if they did.

  18. I ran out of room on my response to you but I just wanted to comment on that last verse. You probably already know this, but the context of that verse is in reference to OMG, socialism! They shared all their money and possesions and in fact a couple who who withheld money was struck down by God almighty.

    Then we have the parable of the rich man going to hell because he would not help a begger outside of his mansion.

    Modern Christianity does not in the least resemble first-century Christianity, even though these fundamentalists claim that their version does. They worship Supply-Side Jesus (TM)

    Why is it that so many people take all the worst parts of the Bible to heart, but not the best? If there is anything worth following in the Bible it is the admonitions to care for others.

    If Jesus were to appear to them today in the flesh, they would label him as a heretic and crucify him all over again.

  19. Thanks for posting this. These nuts are always saying how immoral non-Christians are. But hey, the Bible says slavery is okay and dandy by God! It must be since God said it!(facepalm)

  20. I Tried the Magic Fairy dust at Church along time back and only found Pastors beating to death different Political factions and evolution w/Science being screamed at? I’m Proud to be Atheist giving you God Thumpers blessings on your beliefs of internal happiness when you help cause Armeggedon?

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