Has America Lost Its Moral Center? Or Just Conned by Religious Zealots? November 8th Will Tell Us!

By Donald A. Collins | 25 October 2022
Church and State

White evangelicals comprise a third of all Republican voters and are among the GOP’s most organized voting blocs. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

The proven lies by the Trumpers would clearly suggest the America’s moral center has clearly been badly eroded.

Several articles including the respected Gallup Poll confirm that supposition.

Read here that poll’s results.

How ironic as we hear so much about the need from Christian nationalists about the urgency of make Christianity our national standard for faith in a world where the numbers of other religious beliefs overwhelm such a false objective.

But election denier candidates augment the chances of these religion pushing Republicans reducing minority voting access in many key states!

Read here the facts from this Wall Street Journal 10/24/22 article.

Now to my main point: Notice how the issue of Christian beliefs is so closely linked by religious adherents to MORALITY.

The preponderance of literature claims morality demands religious beliefs, but human behavior standards have long existed without such needing a god.

How about shall not kill in the 10 Christian commandments? But other of those commandments demand fealty which is only related to accepting those 10. For instance, the first commandment is “you shall have no other gods before you.” Or the 4th, Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy”. Go to church every Sunday? Sorry I may want to take my kids to the beach.

Ops! Deists and other religionists might find those commandment difficult, but the 5th Commandment through the tenth are very secularly moral and obvious. Here’s a quote from an excellent article which explains the controversy.

Can morals exist without religion?

Origin of terms

Morals and religion these two words are often confused as interdependent entities which flow from one another, but the truth is quite different. Let me start by stating the obvious first because though it is obviously still all the confusion stems out of the Understanding or May I say the misunderstanding of these two words.

Religion as we know it today has evolved and has been codified over the centuries with changes in the social dynamics and social structure to suit the societal needs of contemporary times. A set of rules, norms, and conditions were spelled out to extract a favorable response from the practitioners of the religion towards the society. These rules changed according to time, place, and more importantly convenience of the society as a whole.

Though the religions of the world desire a favorable outcome, acceptable by the majority, the over-enthusiastic practitioners and implementers digressed from the novel origin to more dogmatic ways.

Morals on the other hand have existed since time immemorial they relate to the principle of ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’ behavior. Whenever a choice has been in front of the human the right and the wrong start weighing in his or her mind. Having said that, I feel that both the words seem to germinate out of each other. It is actually the position or place from where the differentiator is looking at and on what ground the differentiator finds itself grounded. It is the position of the ‘Witness’ which plays an important role.

You can read all of the above piece here.

In short morality seems lost to these lying Trump GOP candidates whose goal of winning power cares nothing for our democracy’s basic documents.

Then there’s the majority of our Supreme Court Justices who ignored precedent and women’s health in inflict their religious beliefs on secular matters, which are supposed to remain separate as a basic Constitutional principle!

The intensity of the cultural wars that now dominate everywhere and no more than in Florida where GOP Governor DeSantis has 11 times more money to spend than his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist.

Both words money and morality start with the same two letters but are not related except all too often when following the money means not being moral.

The worst recent examples of moral turpitude emanated from the mass of Republicans in Congress who mostly sat quietly and abided the behavior of the most dangerous and most immoral President in our history, a congenital liar willing to attempt to destroy our citizens belief in our democratic principles.

The midterms’ results may tell us if morality has any role in determining our future.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?” and “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”.

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