I was astounded this morning to read that a front ranking candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the USA, publicly advocated arresting what he called "activist judges." Read about it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/18/gingrich-judges_n_1156405.html.
What is truly frightening is what he singled out as examples of "activist judges." I quote: "...he singled out the 9th Circuit, once more, for determining that it was unconstitutional for public schools to require the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and Biery for outlawing prayers in graduation ceremonies."
Now, as always, the bone of contention is the old saw about this being a Christian nation when it clearly was not established as such. The majority of the founders were Masons, Unitarians and Deists. Some were outright atheists, like Thomas Paine. The dedicated Christians were in the minority. Great pains were taken by our founders to guarantee that religion could never become state sponsored in this country.
Loud mouthed ignorant liars and prejudiced non-thinkers like Gingrich, will never be satisfied with that. They are addicts to unfounded belief and faith, and they are determined to saddle the people of this country with the stultifying fascism of blind religious dogmatism by any underhanded subterfuge and misuse of public power open to them.
Most of the citizens of Germany in 1931 never dreamed their enlightened and progressive society could, within a short year, be plunged into the fanatic abyss the Nazis brought. Most of them never dreamed how quickly and thoroughly their rights, freedoms and civilized humanity could be stripped away from them. A great number of them shrugged it all off and went blithely along with their everyday lives. A lot of Jews and other minorities did too. Let's never forget that we free, clear-thinking atheists and non-believers are also a hated minority in much of this nation. If you don't believe it, try coming out about your true beliefs in Alabama or Tennessee. You'll be lucky if you escape outright violence against your person.
I, for one, don't take such comments lightly and pooh pooh them. Gingrich is very serious. Just as serious as Robertson, Falwell and a host of others who salivate at the possibility of turning the USA into a brutal theocracy. It has been the dream of christo-fascists for generations.
I listened to the news this evening, and on the CBS network, this comment was hardly mentioned. It should have been trumpeted and condemned in the strongest terms.
I wonder why it wasn't. I think I have a clue. Do you?