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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sarah Palin gets it wrong again. (As do most social-conservatives.)

Sarah Palin's flubs about history are well known. Her gaffe about Paul Revere is one of them, and her bus graphic, (on her much publicized bus tour) is just the latest example.

The graphic states that words from the pledge, "One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all," juxtaposed next to a picture of the Constitution.

Does she realize that the phrase, "Under god", is not featured in the Constitution but added to the pledge in 1954? Does she realize that compulsory religion and compulsory affirmations of a deity are expressly un-American? The nation that she envisions is a nation dominated by her god, divisible between her sect's understanding of a god not just among unbelievers, but believers as well.

This promotion of the phrase "Under god" by social conservatives, like Sarah Palin, belies the fascism they would exact on the American people if they had the chance. They honestly believe that we are a nation, a country, sanctioned by God. And not just any God of course, but their sectarian, special God. (And in Palin's case, her church has some very special things that their god demands of voters.) Being a Pentecostal, her sect has distinct practices that differentiate itself from other Protestant practices.

The country that right-wing, social-conservatives envision when they use the phrase "Under God" is a country where they think that their actions and politics are sanctioned by God. Again, not just any god, but their sectarian, special God. And liberal democrats are no different if they think that when they utter "Under God" is that it is their god that is represented.

Political power does not flow on the behest of a deity, but from the people. A god's will, and especially the god of the Bible, is often capricious and callous and not beholden to any standard human morality.

I live in a country that is "under law" and not "under god."

Rather, I affirm the rights of people -- not of suspect religious doctrine -- to govern ourselves by writing our own laws and electing our own representatives.

God does not appoint our leaders, nor does he write our laws.