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America’s “Civil Religion” – Democracy

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How many years have we watched this country proselytize Democracy’s so-called freedom either by peaceful conversion or at the point of the bayonet? That’s all ex-President George W. Bush and his gaggle of confederates talked about and enforced in every other way they could think of for eight solid years. In another time and place, it was called the Crusades to bring an obscene perversion of Christianity. Incidentally, much like the perversion of “liberty” for “freedom”.

All Hail our new purveyor of hope in blessed “hope,” America’s High Priest of Civil Religion, “Democracy”. Read what Terry Mattingly has to say in the Saturday Times-Standard, ‘Promoting the gospel of America’s ‘civil religion’.

You can read the article online at Terry Mattingly’s web site. His original article, Our political high holy day, part I. Mattingly closes by saying:

First, American “civil religion” attempts to promote unity while accepting religious pluralism. Second, this faith must remain separate from both the state and any specific religion, he said. However, if it ever favors a particular creed, it does so in defense of fundamental human rights. Finally, this “civil religion” provides unity by appealing to shared values and beliefs, acted out in common rites that are acceptable to most believers.

In one passage, the new president managed to combine a number of “civil religion” themes, while also evoking deep emotions at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement and his own personal pilgrimage.

“This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny,” said Obama. “This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall. And why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”

The key, said Hanson, is that Obama managed to hit a few hard topics — from global terror to an economic recession — while emphasizing words of hope.

“If you are trying to bring people together, you can’t be too specific when you talk about the things that drive people apart,” he said. “Inaugural addresses, and I’ve read them all, are supposed to be vague — but inspiring. …

“In the end, it’s easier to be a priestly and successful president than it is to be a prophetic and successful president. It’s hard to tell people, ‘We have really messed up and all of us are going to have to change.’ “

Welcome to the New World.

–Joe

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