March 1, 2016

Could we please just stop it?

How about that separation of church and state? Our founding fathers (and mothers, too, I bet) would be appalled at how much we violate that rather important rule.

Why don’t more people here in the US recognize that this country’s partnering of religion and politics sounds sooooooooooooooooo much like Sharia law. Why don’t more religious zealots and political posturers in the US of A acknowledge their own oppressive behavior?

I don’t want to hear about your religious beliefs. Keep your religious beliefs private. I don’t want your religious beliefs in my life. Keep your faith and your piety and your excessive religiosity out of my life and out of my government.

I’m interested in your actions about the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. I want to witness your actions about basic human rights — and that includes people of color and women and homosexuals and the incarcerated. I want to hear how you’ll manage and control the excessive corporate power in this country and pay attention to community and families and poverty. What will you do about the inequities in our economy?

Thanks, Frank Bruni, for the great op-ed piece, “The G.O.P.s Holy War.” Enough with the holy warriors and holy Supreme Court activists and holy war politicians.

And all of you politicians stop saying “God Bless America.” I’m sooooooooooo tired of hearing that. Agnostics and atheists and spiritual people all have rights, too. Every time you say that, you remind me that the US of A is overly interested in religion and underly interested in competence.

Filed under: Social Commentary

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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