New Rule: Any Politician Who Tries to Interject Religion into Government Should be Removed from Office Immediately

By Allen Clifton | 21 June 2014
Forward Progressives

I’ve absolutely had it with these politicians who constantly try to inject their religion into politics and policy. Not only that, they run on the premise that our government should be based on biblical principles.

Oh, by the way, it’s 100 percent unconstitutional for laws to be based on religion. But you don’t have to believe me, just read our First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion …

Our Constitution couldn’t be much more direct on this subject.

Yet, despite this indisputable fact, we still constantly see politicians (specifically Republican politicians) running on the premise that they’ll govern based on religious principles.

In other words, we have politicians blatantly admitting that they plan to violate our Constitution.

And I know, I can already hear some people saying, “Oh, what about Obama’s violations of the Constitution?” I’m not talking about actions that are subjective. All politicians support policies that sometimes skirt the line of being Constitutional. Obama critics just like to act as if everything he does is unconstitutional. Which is completely ridiculous.

I’m talking about the fact that our Constitution clearly states that laws cannot be based on religion, yet we have politicians willfully trying to base laws on religion.

Hell, I still don’t quite get how every law we have in this country based on religion isn’t immediately deemed unconstitutional. Why do we have to “challenge” these laws to get them overturned? They shouldn’t exist in the first place!

But what I think we should do (though I know it would never happen) is make a rule that says any politician who tries to justify any law or legislation because of their religious beliefs should immediately be removed from office.

Think about how much simpler politics would be.

Hell, think how much simpler life would be if people just kept their religious views to themselves. Much of the conflict we see around the world is based on this desire by some to force their religion on others.

This doesn’t mean people couldn’t freely exercise their religion as much as they want. By all means, spend 7 days a week at church for all I care. Just don’t try to force others to follow the same religious views that you do. If someone happens to ask you about it, then by all means discuss it with that one person. Otherwise, keep your views to yourself.

Yes, it’s that simple.

I’m just sick and tired of seeing politicians stand in front of crowds, blatantly admitting that they plan to govern via “biblical principles” when basing legislation on religion is 100 percent unconstitutional. I don’t understand how that could be considered Constitutional.

Because, to me, the moment a politician willfully tries to interject their religion into public policy, they’re violating our First Amendment.

So I say, let’s set a rule that says any politician who willfully tries to base laws on religious beliefs is to be immediately removed from office.

Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think.

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, keep it separate, any any religious organization which advocates a political view should give up tax exempt statis.

    • Exactly! It is one way or the other, they must choose, because you can’t have both. The government is not to be part of your religious beliefs. Antidistablishmentontaryism

  2. You are an idiot. The rest of you need an education on what the true intent of what our forfather’s was when they created the greatest country on Earth. Read about the persecution they left from the King of England. Christian men with biblical religion created this country. They didn’t want a government to tell them what religion to practice, that didn’t mean they didn’t want religion in the people that ran the gov’t. If you don’t like it here then get the hell out. Go to Iran or some other country that is not Christian and see if it’s better. If you’re an atheist, good luck. Go tell ISIS there is no God and Allah doesn’t exist. Moron.

    • Only part correct, and since you are conflating the issue of 'persecution they left from the King of England' into 'religion created this country', and thus a complete lie.
      I deal with the court's definition of 'truth' ie the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If you omit something then your statement is a lie; If you add something, it is a lie.
      The forefathers, including the Pilgrims and others escaping persecution, agreed with "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion …" and they knew that this meant a secular government from the inception. They knew the dangers of government sponsored religion, and that a secular government would ensure religious freedom, or lack thereof, for ALL.
      You are no longer ignorant as the knowledge is there for you to learn,. however if you choose to ignore or deny the knowledge, then by definition you are stupid.

    • T is right on this one…
      Plus someones morals and beliefs play a huge part in how they will govern. I’d like to know that side of a person that plans on running the country.

      If you don’t like that they do it, don’t vote for them? Democrats and Republicans both site god frequently, and have since day one of the drafting of the constitution.

    • The founders were a mix of religious and non religious beliefs. Some were Christian but not all and the ones that were practiced different sets of beliefs much like today so that is never a valid argument because the facts don’t back it up. Ben Franklin for one was an atheist. What has happened over the last four decades started with Reagan. He made a deal with the Evangelicals who at the time felt they didn’t have enough sway over the population at large. In exchange for their votes (and probably some election rigging) they were guaranteed political positions thus began the infiltration of the Bible pounders into our government. Now going back to my statement about Evangelical’s feelings of inadequacy, what they are really practicing is Dominionism. They deny it but what they want is a theocracy in place of a democracy. This explains their assault on science and education in general. If it isn’t in the Bible it shouldn’t be taught to the masses in their opinion. Knowledgeable people are hard to control and this is about complete control.

      Luckily, the GOP/Tea, the home of religion based politicians is in total disarray and implosion mode. I think after the November election they will loose both the House and Senate and many gubernatorial seats and then the Democrats can get us back on track again towards a state of reality and normalcy. Liberals should really be the one’s saying they want their country back.

    • Persecution? Read some history you blithering idiot. The puritans left Britain because we wouldn’t allow them to carry on persecuting people: burning so-called witches, destroying works of art, trying to ban christmas celebrations ffs (at least they recognised that it is a set of purely pagan customs)… anyway, they found exciting new opportunities to persecute and to make people’s lives miserable in the new world (and steal a lot of land and do their best to destroy a culture into the bargain) and off they f*cked… to general jubilation here: we were intensely happy to be rid of the unpleasant bastards. Happy Yule

    • T, the US was born a secular nation and shall remain a secular nation. If you’re not happy with that and want to live in a religion run country, you are perfectly free to haul your ass to Iran, which is not a secular nation, but religion in nature. What? You don’t want someone else (Muslims) to tell you how to worship the god of THEIR choosing (Allah)? Then why do you think it’s okay for you to tell the rest of the population of the US how to worship or not worship? As you Reich Wingers so often say, America, love it (as it is) or leave it.

  3. if you are a SATANIST
    if you are a CHRISTIAN
    if you are a MUSSLIM
    keep your phony baloney religious superstition OUT OF MY ,GOVERNMENRT,,,,reason why conditioning minor children into and superstitious/religious belief should be a felony. It is child abuse and destroys ability to think critically for life.
    Religion is the biggest mental illness that is left untreated in human existence.

  4. This is a piece I wrote about women's reproductive rights that has a connection to this article:
    Of course, all sadistic, punitive, patriarchal religions hate women. Sin came into the world through a woman therefore, it's always our fault. Hence, why we have ideas like blaming the victim especially, when it comes to women and how they conduct themselves in society. Women are so sexualized either way, too much, too little, all due to the male gaze and we are to blame for "tempting" men for raping us.

    Women can't even take care of their own reproductive health. It is being legislated out of our control as I write this. Women are being imprisoned for miscarriages, being forced to carry a stillborn to their maybe, natural course of things, birth. In other words, Modern Medical Technology that can make a woman's reproductive life the healthiest life to offer is being legislated against women by, you guessed it, men. Mostly Christian white men and the Catholic Church are behind it. Not just in the US but, globally as well. So in other words, again, a bunch of sadistic, misogynistic, punitive, patriarchal, pedophile clergy are dictating the global laws of women's reproductive lives and the healthcare we need by refusing access for only this part of our healthcare, the most crucial part of our healthcare thereby, forcing women into reproductive slavery and having to endure reproductive torture not seen for over 100 years.

    If it were cancer they would have no problem with us having healthcare provided with all the Modern Medical Technology we can access. However, our reproductive health? They are pulling us back to 3rd century ideological beliefs rather than science facts. Modern day healthcare only applies when they (men) deem god's approval? The only place healthcare is denied is for women's reproductive healthcare because, the patriarchal god of 2000+ years ago said so?

    I’ll say it again this IS reproductive slavery and torture for anyone who goes through a difficult pregnancy to be denied Modern Medical Technology is Barbaric. For anyone who suffers a miscarriage to then be jailed for a life sentence over it, we are criminalizing women over their natural reproductive process which is complex and still dangerous for women especially, without access to Modern Medical Technology. Women will suffer needless excruciating pain and the maternal and birth death rate will sky rocket. This is insane and cruel to say the least. But, hey, misogyny has no bounds.

    Because, women’s entire healthcare, reproductive and otherwise is a whole package under the umbrella of women’s healthcare. Just like we don’t parcel out men’s pancreatic cancer or penile erectile dysfunction from men’s healthcare, it is your entire healthcare. And the world doesn’t seem to have a god to dictate to men what part of your healthcare you can benefit from Modern Medical Technology and what should be refused. Funny, how it works out for you guys, you are universally covered, as for women? We set a special place aside to allow for an archaic, cruel and barbaric, to say the least unreasonable religious doctrine to place restrictive access over a decision that is solely for her and a physician to make.

    It's up to every woman and man to fight with your religious leaders, your political representatives for women's complete, autonomous, with no outside interference of her relationship with her doctor, full, all inclusive of everything the world’s Modern Medical Technology can offer reproductive healthcare. A woman's reproductive health is between her and her physician. No husband, no religious leader, no government, NO ONE should impede women's healthcare. This is solely for her and her alone to make with the advice and care of a physician. PERIOD, END OF CONVERSATION!!!

  5. "Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THERE OF or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

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