Church and State in Bed Together or I Hate My Neighborsâ€¦
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…most of them
I live outside Scottsdale, AZ in an unincorporated area of Maricopa County, the land of Sherriff Joe and his tent cities, chain gangs, and pink boxers, the land of immigrant bashing (that is unless they are cleaning houses or mucking out horse stalls), the land of McCain and Republicans and unapologetic/unhidden bigotry and close-mindedness. I live five miles from the city limits and eight miles from the closest stores, a Walgreens and a Shell Gas Station. The women around here don’t get out much and, if married, tend to parrot their husbands’ political views when forced to speak of them. They mostly keep their mouths shut.
One exception is a woman named Adriana Friel. I met Ms. Friel through my work with Four Peaks Animal Rescue. When spending time with abandoned and abused dogs, cats, horses, goats, and even tortoises, one tends not to enter political discussions. The mind is too outraged at the callousness and cruelty of humans and trying to heal the wounds they caused that the rest of one’s mind shuts down for self-preservation. My acquaintance with Ms. Friel was limited and unrevealing. What has followed in her email correspondence has been anything but.
This morning’s email finally released my keep-my-mouth-shut button. It read as follows:
Here's your chance to let the media know where the people stand on our
faith in God, as a nation. NBC is taking a poll on 'In God We Trust' to
stay on our American currency. Please send this to every Christian you
know so they can vote on this important subject. Please do it right
away, before NBC takes this off the web page.
Poll is still open so you can vote.
This is not sent for discussion, if you agree forward it, if
you don't, delete it.
By me forwarding it, you know how I feel. I'll bet this
was a surprise to NBC.
Not sent for discussion my ass. No one, especially some Evangelical with a warped knowledge of history, tells me to shut up. I replied with the following letter:
In God We Trust was not added to the dollar until FDR’s time. Because our founding fathers were passionate about keeping our country a secular state, and the separation of church and state is of utmost importance to the United States and its constitution, I will not sign such a petition and frankly find it pandering and abysmal. Go to church, honor your God, but keep him out of our politics.
Lauren Dillon, a Christian Who Believes in Our Constitution and the Foundation on Which Our Country Was Built
The original email was sent to a list numbering 34 people (I counted them). The woman apparently does not understand email privacy and/or how to withhold recipients email. This does not surprise me. What does surprise me is, since I hit the “reply all” button when I sent my response, the lack of replies I have received, as in one meek email addressed only to me that reads as thus:
Please remove me from your mailing list. Thank you.
This, my friends and desired neighbors, is why we have had Bush and his cronies for two terms as president, an ignorant, bigoted, close-minded population loathe to argue with opposing viewpoints, satisfied that their way is the only way. Go to church, do as you’re told, support your president no matter what, God and Country all the way. Sure, we see the Republican pundits on television arguing their skewed viewpoint but they are a minority of the party. The majority live in heavily conservative states promulgating their way of life to future generations and viewing liberals, homosexuals, and non-whites as pariahs of society that should be avoided at all cost. Never mind that getting to know these “fringe elements” would foster understanding and maybe, just maybe open a verbal discourse and spark somewhat intelligent discussion. I’d love to see this happen but I won’t hold my breath.
My only regret in this email correspondence? Not adding a “Go Obama/Biden 2008” entreaty to the end but that would blur the lines between church and state and I’m not willing to do that for my own selfish means.
***photo of coin downloaded from here