Monday, May 11, 2009

The Rule of Law

This morning I was thinking about that old summer Bible school song about, of course, the B-I-B-L-E (that's the book for me....). Okay, we sang it at camp with the little kids, too. And, in my particular faith group, we would often substitute the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants for the B-I-B-L-E part of the song. Spelling out either book of scripture was tedious, funny, and it really did make the silly song sound even sillier. I was thinking about that song and thinking about substituting C-O-N-S-T-I-T-U-T-I-O-N. Yep, the Constitution of the United States of America IS the book for me.

Due to the Christianists' desire to transform the U.S.A. into a theocracy, my only recourse is to stand bravely in the face of the lunacy with a copy of the Constitution in hand and demand that we follow the rule of law. I might be stating something close to heresy, but I am not afraid to say that I trust the laws written by man more than the various versions of God's Law as interpreted by those stupid TV evangelists, mega-church hucksters, and the long line of self-appointed saviors of the family.

Sadly, even the former Vice-President of the United States, Dick Cheney, doesn't even understand the constitutional oath that he swore in January of 2001. It seems that he was so intent on amassing and using power that he over-looked a critical duty that came with his elected position. On Sunday, he told the Sunday Talk and propanganda enablers this:

"Now, if you'd look at it from the perspective of a senior government official, somebody like myself, who stood up and took the oath of office on January 20th of ‘01 and raised their right hand and said we're going to protect and defend the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, this was exactly, exactly what was needed to do it."

What a creep.

The actual oath of office states:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The rule of law is critical for the sucess of western civilization. And, it must be devoid of religious views and practices. We must preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States. (H/T to Andrew Sullivan)

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