I realize that this will make some people uncomfortable and perhaps even angry.
It needs to be talked about.
Every thinking person regardless of political persuasion, party affiliation, or religious leaning knows (or should know) the following to be true.
Religion has no place in our politics.
The Founders enshrined that ideal into the Constitution.
Today, there is one and only one party ignoring this. One.
The Republican Party.
Goldwater warned us about American Evangelicals usurping the GOP. They have spent the last 5 decades convincing American conservatives that somehow Christians are being persecuted and discriminated against in America.
That, of course, is nonsense.
Now we have Republican presidential hopeful, Ben Carson, openly talking about how Muslims should be excluded from the presidency while The Donald openly mocks Carson for his Seventh Day Adventism.
Even *some* at Fox News get this. (Most, for sure, do NOT!)
This is why I firmly believe that today’s Republicans – both the politicians and those Evangelical Americans who support them – must be called to account publicly for wanting to violate a fundamental aspect of our democracy.
I never thought I’d say it, but I agree with what Goldwater said on this issue and with this passage in particular:
“I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of ‘conservatism.'”
Wouldn’t it be great if Republicans everywhere took the same stance as Goldwater?
Me, a dyed-in-the-wool liberal yearning for a Goldwater Republican.