I received an email from “firstname.lastname@example.org”, supposedly from Joe Biden, which stated, “I'd like to ask you one question right now: Of all the issues important to you, what's the bottom-line reason you're with us in this fight?” There was a link to a Web page, and while I generally do not respond to such emails, I was curious about which issues might be presented, so I took a look and found the following:
“What's at stake for you in this election?”
Which issue is most important to you in this election?
Job creation and strengthening the economy
Foreign policy and homeland security
If Other, please specify an issue:
Is there anything else you want to tell us about why you support this issue?
When I visited that Web page, it struck me that there were actually two different questions being asked: 1) “what's the bottom-line reason you're with us in this fight?”, and 2) “Which issue is most important to you in this election?” Somehow, the first question seemed more relevant to me, as single-issue thinking has never suited me and I was suddenly struck by something I had seen just moments before on television watching Hardball with Chris Matthews (something I rarely watch). I had seen a video clip (shown below) of Rick Santorum at a huge church service. The pastor engaged in some severe rewriting of American history in advocating a theocratic form of government based on Christianity, excluding all other religions, imploring all non-Christians to leave America, after which Santorum joined in a standing ovation for the pastor's display of ignorance from his pulpit.
In light of the video I had just previously witnessed, further exposing Santorum's well-known affiliation with an agenda to change America into a theocracy, I thought I would respond to Mr. Biden's poll, primarily because it offered the option of “Other” with a box in which to specify an unlisted issue and another box in which to explain further why this particular issue is important. I checked the “Other” option and in the box marked “If Other, please specify an issue” I entered “Religious influences in government”. In the final box marked “Is there anything else you want to tell us about why you support this issue?”, I explained that virtually every other issue is directly impacted by religiosity in government.
The list on the Web site presented a series of issues that appear unrelated at first glance; like a list of tasks around the house: vacuum, wash the dishes, clean the bathroom, take out the garbage, wash the windows to let in more light. In the case of the household chores, there is one underlying issue, or goal; removing contagion corrupting the home environment. In the same manner, religiosity in government is a contagion corrupting the home environment; not only the home environment of government itself, but the actual environments of our homes. And this contagion has acquired such a revered status within our society that it has become the proverbial “elephant in the room”.
Religion is a problem and poses a threat only because nobody will address it purposefully for fear of offending religionists. And anyone who presents this truth is immediately greeted with outcries of intolerance and hollow defenses for religion such as “religion does a lot of good” and “religion teaches morals” as if goodness and morals are bestowed upon us by religion. This is one of the symptoms of the contagion; its victims lose touch with logic and reason, apparently forgetting that all religions are created by humans, therefore receiving their goodness and morals from humans rather than imparting those traits to humans. Conversely, religion provides yet one more tool for those who profit from social divisiveness.
Currently, the one principle to which the Democrat Party has remained faithful, still fearlessly professing publicly that we cannot legislate religious beliefs, is the separation of church and state. Clearly, there can be no “freedom of religion” unless government remains free from religious contagion. So, this is my answer to the question, “what's the bottom-line reason you're with us in this fight?” Given the recent track record of the Democrats in dealing with all the other issues listed above, I think their adherence to the separation of church and state is about all they have left. It directly influences the only firm stands they've made in recent years, those being on issues like LGBT rights, abortion and contraception. They have been successfully ineffectual on just about everything else.
Additional video added: