I’ll speculate that from the beginning of time, politicians exploited religion to justify their ideology. Whether it’s about the sanctity of certain lives, the merits of worshipping at the altar of “job creators” or an underlying premise of conservative ideology, that the rich and powerful have God’s blessing while society’s worker bees are so because they lack God’s blessing.
We’re seeing it in spades today, with people like Bryan Fischer advocating tax penalties to “non-believers” or those who don’t believe the right way. In other words, all atheists, Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Catholics and Christians other than those of the Dominions persuasion would be subject to tax penalties because freedom of religion only applies to people who subscribe to Fischer’s bastardized version of Christianity.
The not so subtle theocratization of America would intensify multifold if the GOP had its way. Yet, it has nothing to do with religion per se, or about advocating piety. This is exploiting religion in the name of not only gaining power, but preserving it. It’s also about wrapping policies that would be otherwise offensive in the Bible. Perhaps the most offensive of all is the reality that Religion itself is altered to match conservative ideology.
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