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Response to nakocal (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 09:41 PM

38. Welcome to DU, nakocal!

Glad you're here! Sure looks that way, doesn't it? I don't want to be led around by ANYBODY's religion or religious beliefs (not even mine!) when it comes to public policy and the common good. OR when it comes to government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Particularly in this SECULAR society. Religion has nothing to do with it. Religion is beside the point.

I don't care what the bad guys say. This country wasn't founded as a specifically Christian nation. I do get some pleasure out of reminding people that Keith Ellison, the Democratic rep from Minnesota who's the first Muslim elected to Congress was sworn in, in January 2007 with his hand on Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Koran. He asked for permission to borrow it from the Library of Congress and they hand-carried it over to him for his ceremony.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/05/AR2007010500512.html

Interesting Congressional trivia: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, btw, told him her first swearing-in was done using a copy of the Tanakh (Jewish scripture).

SHEESH. We've got a LOT more going on in this country than just the extremist Protestant worldview. And our representation should rightfully reflect that, seems to me. I just realized you could direct to each of those pictured with mike pence and say - "Who died and made YOU God?" !!!!

Besides, even for those of us who believe directly in Jesus, even HE pointed out the need for separation of church and state. Anyone notice He was NOT quoted as saying "render therefore to Caesar and to God both the same together." Or "...for both are as one." He differentiated. If one follows That Guy, one would presumably want to differentiate the same way too.

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