Thank you, Angelo, for your persistence to keep EverydayCitizen active. I do appreciate your research. I wish the comment feature would work. Surely there are some folks who would contribute short comments, both pro and con. We need more writers who are willing to share their views on social and political issues.
Activism is a vital ingredient to keep social order in the hands of the common people. All great movements in history started with one or two individuals who stirred the imagination of others. Some of those movements were not good. But unless good people are motivated to get involved in the issues, the bad people will set the standards in society.
When greed, lust for power, revenge, and just plain evil hatred are the motivating factors, hell becomes reality. Incidentally, religion has not been immune from all those negative motivating factors. History suggests that some of the most violently inhumane treatment of large sectors of society were instigated by religious fanatics. No organized religion can claim not to have had followers, at some time in history, who twisted the tenets of their religion and wreaked havoc on their fellow man. Man, by his very nature, is programmed to seek a spiritual or religious awareness. And, man’s natural instinct for survival makes him competitive. We fear for our survival in a diverse culture that allows spiritual and emotional expression from others who do not share our individual beliefs.
We have a hard time accepting the premise that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of others to worship and act in ways contrary to our own faith and beliefs. Our Constitution does not declare that we are a Christian Nation and that all our laws and social standards must meet the Biblical test of any specific group or sect. It very plainly states that Government shall not endorse, promote, or prohibit any religious or spiritual organization.