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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Let the US Religious Civil War Begin

The New York Times > Washington > Frist Draws Criticism From Some Church Leaders: "Christian conservatives have also accused Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado, a Roman Catholic, of tolerating anti-Catholicism from his fellow Democrats who oppose nominees who follow the church's teachings on abortions. On Thursday, Mr. Salazar responded by issuing a statement taking to task one of the telecast's speakers, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, for deprecating the Catholic faith. It quoted Mr. Mohler as saying 'the Roman church is a false church and it teaches a false gospel' and 'the pope himself holds a false and unbiblical office.' Dr. Mohler called Mr. Salazar's statement 'absolutely ridiculous,' saying it was hardly news that evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics 'differ on many key theological issues.' He said he supported a Catholic nominee the Democrats had opposed."
And by what magic do we want to determine the theology upon which to base our new theocracy? If the Senators are throwing rocks at each other at this early stage, what can we expect when they have achieved their goal of diluting the separation of church and state? It should be precisely because you are a person of faith that you defend the separation of church and state. The separation removes raw power from the religious equation. In a Dominionist theocracy, is there any difference between "Heil Hitler" and "Praise Jesus?"

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