by Groff Schroeder
Americans fought the Revolutionary War to win independence from state-sponsored “Christianity” and a dictatorial monarch, leading to the June 21, 1788 ratification of the original United States Constitution. On December 15, 1791, ten amendments to the Constitution were ratified (the Bill of Rights), separating church and state, and guaranteeing the American people numerous civil rights and human freedoms. Over 231 years, other Constitutional amendments expanded the rights and freedoms of the American people including the 13th, 14th, and 19th Amendments, which prohibited states from denying citizens’ Constitutional rights, prohibited involuntary servitude, and allowed women to vote, respectively. In 1973, influential “Christian” R.J. Rushdoony proposed establishing an Old Testament theocracy in the United States.
Today, the openly dishonest, unethical, immoral, violent, and apparently allied followers of Rushdoony call themselves “Christian” Nationalists, and include foreign dictators, televangelists, and countless “conservative” politicians. Criminal dictator Vladimir Putin recently added discriminatory tenets of “Christianity” to the Russian Constitution, and his well-documented, sophisticated, and wildly successful propaganda (weaponized deception) attack upon America is designed to destroy our trust in the institutions of the American democratic republic and divide the American people against ourselves - attempting to destroy the United States from within. Many “conservative” politicians openly violate their oaths of office by publicly seeking to destroy the separation of church and state. These apparently coordinated attacks also include economic assaults like gigantic tax cuts and “starve the beast” policies that intentionally create massive debts, and the “deregulation” (legalization) of unlimited bribery that systematically corrupts American government.
In addition, on January 6, 2021, “Christian” Nationalist darling Donald Trump incited a violent coup attempt against the United States, consisting of supporters: breaking and entering the US Capitol; physically attacking a joint session of the United States Congress; illegally attempting to overturn a federal election with forged documents and fraudulent electors; and an attempt to hang (assassinate) the Vice President of the United States (and apparently others). These “Christian” Nationalist forces are apparently working together to overthrow the United States government, establish Rushdoony’s authoritarian theocratic dictatorship ruled by “Christian” Sharia (religious) Law (basically identical to Islamic Sharia Law), and to reinstate the original US Constitution (without the Bill of Rights) - which will revoke all of our civil rights and human freedoms (including the 2nd Amendment). These politicians have already passed state anti-abortion laws that unconstitutionally revoke countless American’s: freedom of religion, freedom of association, right to privacy, right not to incriminate ourselves, right not to endure cruel and unusual punishment, right to equal justice under law, and our right not to be held in involuntary servitude. Most of these laws literally enslave women and underage girls to rapists for life.
Inexplicably, countless Americans still strongly support politicians who are perpetrating these deeply unconstitutional attacks upon America, the United States Constitution and the American people. We must not allow enemy propaganda; openly dishonest, borderline insane politicians; and increasingly violent “Christian” Nationalists to merge religious fundamentalism and US government and destroy America, the United States Constitution, and our religious, and other precious and hard won civil rights and human freedoms. Apparently, just one remaining firewall protects our civil rights and human freedoms from the “Christian” Nationalist forces of in-your-face: immorality, corruption, propaganda, foreign interference, and government-imposed religious and sexual dictates enforced under penalty of law - your ballot. Colorado allows registration and voting in person up to and including 7:00 PM, November 8.
Published in the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs Freethought Views column in the November 2-8 edition of the Colorado Springs Independent with the quotation below.
“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”