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Monday, July 10, 2017
The Separation of CHURCH and INSANITY
Many have a misunderstanding of the Constitution’s important establishment clause Illustration on the relevance of the Ten Commandments by Alexander Hunter Larry W. Poland
I’ve never met Michael Reed. But I believe he should be memorialized in a significant way. By smashing his car into the newly erected Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol building June 28, Michael became a kind of iconic symbol for millions of Americans now living in a post-Christian culture.
Mr. Reed stated that the stone violated the separation of church and state. Can we talk?
Out of compassion or grace, I am willing to hypothesize that mr. Reed was drunk, high on drugs or mentally impaired when he steered his vehicle into the stone breaking it in three pieces, but I am afraid such was not the case. I say this because there are now millions of citizens who, like Mr. Reed, hold the same bogus notion of the Constitution’s establishment clause — people who are neither high nor impaired.
Station KARK-TV found support for Mr. Reed’s position from LeWood Thomas of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers who found the erection of the six-foot monument “appalling.” This despite the fact that a 2005 U. S. Supreme Court ruling determined that display of the decalogue on government property was completely legal.
There’s a lot more than legality at question here. There is the soul of America. Mr. Reed is a poster child for two generations that have been socialized by public education, the media, the entertainment industry, and the political left to believe that God, faith, prayer, Bible teachings, salvation, heaven, and hell are all myths held by the Great Unwashed.
But, more than just silly mythology, these folks believe that people who believe such things are actually dangerous. Rosie O’Donnell gave voice to this perspective on ABC’s “The View” after 9/11 when she opined that “Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state.” [Whereupon, multitudes of evangelicals strapped on their explosive vests or hijacked planes and flew them into skyscrapers.]
After all, the flap here is about the Ten Commandments. In a culture where fewer people fear any divine retribution for the most heinous of their behaviors, might it not be honorable to memorialize the existence of a righteous God who holds people accountable for their evil behavior even if never found out?
In a culture in which the family is being torn to shreds by lust, illicit affairs, and sexual deviancy, might it not be a good idea to laud marital fidelity and a divine covenant between spouses? In a culture where the highest officials of the land and the most applauded celebrities are chronic liars, might it not be a great idea to demand that people practice absolute truthfulness?
Would not everyone who has had a precious possession stolen appreciate an edict against thievery? With the streets of our cities so filled with killings that there are too many for news coverage, one would think someone would mandate an end to murder. I could go on.
Wait a minute, I guess Someone did issue prohibitions against these evil acts. And the Great Unthinking of the culture want the very record of those divine prohibitions smashed to smithereens lest they somehow “catch on” and cause some kind of epidemic of religiousness. If this happened, would not we all be better for it?
So, I hope that everywhere some Christophobic bigot decides to silence a prayer on a football field, excise the words “God” or “Jesus” from a school commencement address, or rip down the Ten Commandments from a public wall, building, or monument they remember Michael Tate Reed He should become their hero for acting out their non-Ten-C world view.
In the spirit of the godless, he weaponized his vehicle against a symbol of 10 simple commands that have guided more than three millennia of morally enlightened people into paths of goodness — religious or not.
Erect a statue of Mr. Reed, so all the “free-thinking” debunkers of faith can bow at his visage and celebrate atheism, prevarication, infidelity, thievery, and the slaughter of innocents. What is sown is what is harvested.