This week, 85 percent of House Democrats voted in favor of H. Con. Res. 13, a Republican resolution promoting the idea that the USA is a Christian nation and reaffirming the theocratic notion that American government is founded upon trust in the Christian deity, God. At almost the same time as that vote, Joshua DuBois, Director of Barack Obama’s White House Office Of Faith-Based initiatives, issued an official statement declaring Obama’s opposition to a request, signed by tens of thousands of Americans, that the Pledge of Allegiance be made religiously neutral.
President Obama, Dubois explained, supports the McCarthyist revision of the Pledge of Allegiance, adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. Across the country, millions of public school children are forced by their teachers to take the religious oath, regardless of whether the children are being raised in Christian homes.
Barack Obama has stated his support for a policy of forcing all children to swear their allegiance to the Christian deity, even if the children involved in the ritual are being raised by atheists. Obama supports the use of public schools as arenas for the promotion of his own religion, using government money. Those schools are funded in large part through acts of the U.S. Congress, and that makes the daily practice of religious worship unconstitutional.
Americans who support freedom of religion believe that it ought to be the decision of parents whether to introduce their children into religious rituals. Barack Obama doesn’t agree with that. Obama believes that the federal government, not parents, should decide when American children will proclaim religious oaths.
Barack Obama started out his presidency by embracing the extremist theocratic politics of preacher Rick Warren. Obama broke his promise to reform George W. Bush’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives, expanding it without taking any action to protect Americans’ religious freedoms. Obama has been an opponent of the separation of church and state, like Bush before him.
In Congress and in the White House, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Democratic Party has joined the Republican Party as an institution dedicated to giving special perks to Christian Americans, and according second class citizenship to everybody else. For the 2012 election, non-Christian Americans don’t have any reason to believe that their rights will be better protected if they vote Democrat than if they vote Republican.