European Joseph Ratzinger (pseudonym: Pope Benedict XVI) is making a tour of the United States in his flowing white robes and fabulous jewelry and bright red shoes, engaging in his habit of preaching at Americans about how we ought to run our own country.
Ratzinger’s latest attack on the American way of life: He encouraged Americans to engage in organized resistance against the Bill of Rights “Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted.”
Pardon me, but what’s so wrong with religion being a private matter? What on Earth would we Americans want to make religion the government’s business? When that was done under the Catholic Church’s authority, war, torture, economic despair and intellectual anemia were the result.
The first line of the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…. Congress, not the Vatican, sets the laws for the United States of America. The laws of the USA therefore must respect that religion is a matter of private conscience, not government bureaucracy, as the Vatican would have it.
Why is Joseph “Pope” Ratzinger coming over here and attacking the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights? It’s a simple matter of power. The Catholic Church is shrinking here in the United States because it is not granted any special government handouts, and because the American Catholic leadership has lost the trust of huge number of Americans by helping pedophile priests to continue raping American children. Ratzinger wants the government to step in and interfere, using taxpayers’ money to promote families’ attendance at Catholic churches, in spite of the risk to children in doing so.
Mr. Ratzinger – if you want to undo the constitutional freedoms we have here in the USA, then you need to apply for a green card, get in line to come here, work hard, and then apply for citizenship. Then, you can form a political party that advocates for making our government into a church. You can even run for Congress on a forced-church platform if you want to. Until you become an American citizen, I don’t see why we should listen to your rants against our freedoms.