When the United States and other Western countries refer to themselves as “Christian Nations,” they are negating the separation of church and state, and relegating freedom of thought to freedom to choose a religion. And when any politician states, “God bless the United States of America,” they are violating the value of the separation standard.
When Americans hear, “God bless America,” they automatically think of a Christian god. But when they hear an Iranian say, “Allah bless Iran,” Americans cry foul and Theocracy.
Is there separation of church and state in America? Does it exist anywhere in the world? THumP® insists that it does not.
The Humanity Party® has outlined the three main components of ending worldwide terrorism as:
1) Ending the legal possession of guns outside of a “well-regulated” military and law enforcement agencies;
2) Ending poverty by providing the FBNL;
and the most controversial,
3) Ending all religion through free worldwide education and honesty.
Of course, people who believe that their particular god is watching over, upholding and “blessing” their country are going to be “up in arms” (Freudian slip intended) about the notion of ending religion.
What THumP® means is that we must TRULY separate church and state … REALLY!
Furthermore, THumP® does not suggest that anyone will be forced to abandon their religious beliefs, because they are individual and personal opinions. But if people were more educated and presented with honest evaluations of religious history and its ancient sources, the people WILL BE MORE APT AND ABLE TO CHOOSE FREELY TO GIVE UP RELIGION for a more humane and logical way of viewing life upon earth.
Religious missionaries and solicitors are supported in their right to spread throughout the world with the intent of convincing a person of a particular religious persuasion to change to theirs, theirs being “God’s only true church.”
But does a person have the same right not to believe, and insist that there is no god, and that religion is a means of control and inequality that has valued and enriched religious leaders?
How well would Atheist missionaries be received throughout the world?
How would a politician be received who said, “May our shared humanity and reason bless our nation”?
What if the United States became a nation of humans under one ideology: Humans Rock!
What if a government existed under the religious mantra that each individual is the only god that exists; and that this god blesses the individual with free will and intelligence; and it is government’s obligation and duty to support, honor, and worship this ONLY TRUE GOD?
What if the two Greatest Commandments in the law, and upon which all law and the prophets hang were:
“Thou shalt love thyself with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
The fact and real truth is, when the New Testament was first written in the Greek language, the words of “Jesus” actually DID TRANSLATE AS “LOVE THYSELF.” Why else would the second commandment be “love thy neighbour as thyself?”
The problem arose when religious leaders had the Greek version translated to fit their agendas. The people would not support religious leaders with value and money if “God” wasn’t the intent of the love one should have “with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” If the individual was the intent, those who speak for God (all religious leaders) would lose their value … and their income.
The man on whose life the stories of Jesus are based (whose actual name was Inpendius, a man who was born circa 88 b.c.e) TAUGHT THE PEOPLE TO LOVE THEMSELVES FIRST, ABOVE ALL! Inpendius was a rebel, who, like Socrates and many before him, taught independence of heart and mind. Is there any wonder why the politicians and religious leaders at the time had him killed?
… And this is what THumP® means by educating people so that they can make the choice for themselves to give up their religion for our shared humanity.
The Humanity Party® is a religion too. It’s called the Human Religion.
THumP® has the answers. No one else does.®