June 15, 2011
I just read the Constitution Party's Platform http://www.constitutionparty.com/party_platform.php and am really distraught.
I am a firm believer of the constitution and this is such a cherry picked interpretation of our non-theistic constitution and bill of rights that it is frightening. Why doesn't the party just call it the Christian Dogma Party.
You can see where these people are headed, and it's not where I want to go. I don't disagree with everything, however, a large portion of it made my hair stand on end. I wonder how many members they have and if they will become a viable force?
Please take a few minutes and read the platform, then let's share our thoughts. How do we as atheists step up to this type of interpretation that aims to dismantle secular education, bans abortion - no exceptions, takes women out of combat (gives women way too much power), impeaches judges that don't abide by god's law (good behavior), etc. What bugs you the most?
What bugs me, saddens me really, most is that anyone in the US of A is so troubled that they would submit to the tyranny the Constitution Party's founders intend. What I've read looks much like the plan of the Xian Reconstructionists, who would replace the Constitution with the Old Testament. Why the OT? Probably because, for them, the New Testament is too socialistic. Loving their neighbors as they love themselves, or concernfor the poor is no part of their plan. Power is their goal, and in that race Roman Catholicism has a 2000-year lead on them. Amateurs all. Calling their Party what it is would require more honesty than they have.
I didn't either. It was insta-eyeball-roll and close the page for me. :D
Unfortunately, I guess I'm just not open-minded enough to spare my time for nutjob ideas and proposals.
The Constitution Party introduction should have been enough of a clue.The sole purpose of government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is to secure our unalienable rights given us by our Creator.
When Government grows beyond this scope, it is usurpation, and liberty is compromise.
Here's a link to information about the Christian theocracy movement you may you may find informative.
I've heard of this party before. They have a few surprises but mostly the usual contradictory right wing beliefs. I hope it will capture some of the teabag/religious right vote, anyway.
I like how they talk about being "stewards for the Earth" and then proceed to talk about multiplying and being fruitful, global warming being fake, and repealing lots of environmenta acts.
And how they invoke free speech in the same sentence as banning pornography.
One sign opposing the Ganesha sculpture read "The veneration of the idols is the worship of demons"
Apparently the protestors had no problem with their idol "St. Francis of Assisi", which is also on display.
I rolled my eyes at the preamble too, but kept reading. In 2008 there were nearly a half million people registered with the Constitution party, most also registered with the American Independent Party from California as well. The Constitution party gained major party status in Colorado in the last elections.
So while intellectually, one can say, don't give these people any credence because it's nonsense, they are gaining momentum and it is troubling. I am a humanist and have great faith in humans who are reasoning and rational, but am very scared of righteous humans who are not reasoning, often deluded, and politcally organized.