I would like to do a piece on my blog, Releasing Religion, regarding mixing God & government.  And I'd like to know what opinions people have here about doing such a thing.  Some points to mention are:

Glenn Beck is well known for arguing that we have misunderstood that founding fathers & their desire to keep church & state separate.  Holding his rally on 8/28, he gathered 150.000 people to hear him talk about bringing out country "back to God".  What do you think it would do to our country to "get back to God"? 

The Tea Party has been called racist Chrisotcrats. In their recent convention, most conference sessions began with prayers.  What do you think of the Tea Party?  Do you know very little about them?  Do you know a lot?  Please share your thoughts here.

The piece will be posted on www.releasingreligion.blogspot.com

Tags: 8/28, Beck, Christocrats, Glenn, Honor, Party, Rally, Restoring, Tea

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That is it. you do what it takes to survive. I'm sure homeless people and pan handlers don't agree with everyone on the street, but they still ask. its about being better off and surviving. so what if the country that looks opportune doesn't consider you human (referring to the US's tendency to deny human rights, or even the "god given" or "self evident" rights that americans are due, to people who aren't from this nation)
Most of the industrialized world limits imigration. The socialist democracies of Northern Europe, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Amsteram etc. allowed reasonable numbers of muslim imigrants it years ago as a labor pool but didn't make plans for them to stay. Now their muslim children are disenfranchised, undereducated, underemployed and easily influenced by radical islamic forces. France is the extreme of this condition. Those northern European states are now limiting imigration much tighter.

The US limit imigration for educated skill workers to some degree, but corporate America fights the steps to stop unskilled labor flooding in illegally across our southern borders. They want cheap labor. Our international economic policies(NAFTA) and support of rightwing dictators have done much to create the extreme poverty in these Central and South American nations so that often these peoples only choice if they want to feed their families is to try to get to America, if it is only to pick fruit or pluck chickens for less than minimum wage.

Read Noam Chomsky as an antidote to Boortz. Chomsky is a genuine intellectual that is unafraid to speak the truth. America has lost all pretense to any "higher moral ground", and is our government more feared worldwide than Islamic terrorism. Americans must realize that we not that smart nor productive. Our largess comes from exploiting the third world, and blowing anyone who stands up to us back to the stone age.
(referring to the US's tendency to deny human rights

Wait a ding dong minute. I have always heard that the US has the strongest most effective human rights advocacy organizations in the world. Jesus Christ. What planet have I been living on?

What planet are you living on? Why are we seeing things so differently?
Linda, the US is a big, complicated mess full of internal conflicts. The US does do a lot of good in the world, on human rights and many other issues, both via government programs and non-governmental organizations.

Sadly, we also have a long, ignoble history of invading countries that don't need it (like The Phillipines, Hawaii, Vietnam, Panama, and Iraq) and propping up petty dictators like the Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein (that's right, he was our guy back in the day, a bulwark against Iran after they punted our nasty Shah), Pinochet, and a dozen or two other Asian, South American, and African despots.

Not to mention, of course, "freedom fighters" like the right-wing death squads in El Salvador and Nicaragua during the Reagan administration, and none other than the Taliban and Osama bin Laden himself during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. I knew when we supplied arms to radical Muslims in Afghanistan that it would come back to bite us in the ass. I just thought it would be contained to the Middle East. But we always have had more to fear from radical religious fanatics than from the Soviets. It's only the John Birch Society (and its bastard stepchild the Tea Party) that thinks godless communism is more dangerous than godful madrassa graduates. Commies can be bribed. Religious zealots can't, because their reward is in heaven.
Wow, Park. Wow.
:-) I'm not proud, but not ashamed either. Just enjoying my freedom!
Ok, then I get to share one of my favorite signs from the Rally to Restore Sanity:
love that sign!
i did miss draw muhammad day actually, only been on for a few weeks and lovin it lol
It wasn't just on this Forum.
oh,yeah. I keep up on the podcasts, but have been a bit of an introvert until recently. I heard about it, but didn't participate~ but hey, every day can be draw muhammad day, right?
Found two interesting articles on CNN tonight.

The first explores whether the Tea Party is a Religious movement or not.

The second showcases signs, t-shirts, pins and other ways the Tea Party has used to express their beliefs.

Very interesting. Does this shed some light on this group?


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