Those crazy Iraqis seem to be having a hard time crafting a national constitution. The biggest obstacle, according to news reports, is that every religious sect there has its own agenda. The Sunnis want this; the Shiites want that; and the Kurds want everything else.
What these people don’t understand is the crucial difference between a democracy and a theocracy. Thank goodness here in the United States we know how to separate Church and State!
When you think about it, isn’t the fanatical desire to incorporate Allah’s wisdom into everyday life what makes many of these Muslim fellows so frightening? Sure, we Americans recognize their right to worship whatever false idol they wish. But the hardcore terrorist types won’t rest until they’ve stuffed Islam down everyone’s throat. It’s not enough to follow secular laws, these weirdos insist; the children of God must follow a higher law or be prepared to face the consequences. What a relief to live in a nation where individual beliefs are respected and honored, not coerced by a power-mad majority!
News comes from South Carolina of an organization called Christian Exodus, a movement of politically active true believers who hope to establish a government there based on Christian principles. Christian Exodus activists have announced plans to take control of local sheriff’s offices, city councils and school boards. Eventually, they say, they hope to conquer the South Carolina legislature, where they can pass Christian legislation that defies the heathen Supreme Court. “We’re going to force a constitutional crisis,” said the group’s founder, Cory Burnell, 29. “If necessary, we’ll secede from the union.”
One the one hand, South Carolina is probably as good a state as any to attempt such a coup: it’s home to Bob Jones University and votes overwhelmingly Republican. On the other hand, this is America.
Groups like Christian Exodus are not an immediate threat to our way of life — “our” meaning citizens of the United States who believe in the Consitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil liberties. They do, however, provide a window into the soul of religious fanaticism. Many of us non-Muslims can’t get our minds around what exactly it is that’s making the Jihadists so angry (and suicidal.) For some insight, we can look to our neighbors with the cross around their neck, their Bible in one hand, and a gun in the other. Look carefully and we get a little idea of the fervor that drives Mohammed and Abdullah, and all those other scary guys with hatred in their eyes.
Those who oppose the kind of freedoms that has made America the envy of the world (and the enemy of those who hate blasphemers) — these killjoys wish to destroy our sacrilegious way of life. If Christian Exodus and others of their ilk get their way, it’ll be an inside job.