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Iowa Republicans Clarify: Religious Freedom is just for the Christians

Iowa Republicans believe that Christianity is under attack. In a PPP poll last month, 69% of Republican respondents indicated that “President Obama is waging a war on Christianity.” On the other hand, they report a surprising amount of comfort with war on non-Christian religions. Only 49% of the same Republican respondents indicated that Islam should be allowed to remain legal in this country.

Meanwhile, when Rep. Liz Bennett invited a Wiccan clergymember to deliver the usual religious invocation, Republicans stormed out in protest at the affront of someone with a religion different than theirs. They turned their backs. They staged protests outside.

From a Christian point of view, what was so offensive about the invocation of Deborah Maynard, the Wiccan clergymember who delivered the address? Was it what she said? It could hardly be said so. Read the invocation for yourself:

“We call this morning to God, Goddess, Universe, that which is greater than ourselves to be here with us today. By the Earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here to represent.

“By the fire that gives us light and passion, may all here remain passionate about the work that must be done for the people of Iowa.

“By the air that gives us breath and logic, may all here find thoughtful solutions to the problems that are presented.

“By the water that flows through our blood and stirs our emotions, may all here draw on that emotional intelligence which helps us to see the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

“We call this morning to Spirit, which is ever present, to help us respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Be with this legislative body and guide them to seek justice, equity and compassion in the work that is before them today.”

There is only one word that would not be present in a Christian invocation: “Goddess.” Is the use of the word what led to Republicans’ turned backs, mass exodus, protests outside the Iowa legislature? Or was it the fact that Deborah Maynard has a non-Christian religion? Was it the fact that as a member of the Wiccan clergy, she uses the word “witch?”

Watch what they do: Iowa Republicans have clarified that religious freedom in America is just for the Christians. The mere public existence of others is an act of war upon their Christan right to be exalted without dissent.

5 thoughts on “Iowa Republicans Clarify: Religious Freedom is just for the Christians”

  1. ella says:

    “Iowa Republicans believe that Christianity is under attack. In a PPP poll last month, 69% of Republican respondents indicated that “President Obama is waging a war on Christianity.” On the other hand, they report a surprising amount of comfort with war on non-Christian religions. Only 49% of the same Republican respondents indicated that Islam should be allowed to remain legal in this country.”

    And then there is the way things are in the world right now. It may not be Obama’s fault, but Christians have a reason to be nervous about the attitude of the Islamic Nation.
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2015/10/17/state-department-yeah-christianity-is-under-attack-worldwide-n2067281?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=

    Witchcraft is forbidden in Christianity, although it is recognized as the custom of others.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      “Christianity” does not equal “United States.”

  2. J Clifford says:

    Seriously? A reason to be nervous? Muslims make up 0.9 percent of the population.

  3. ella says:

    Christianity equals only a faith, that happens to be world wide. But the United States is part of that world still, isn’t it? The people in the United States are still considered world citizens aren’t they? Excuse me, citizens of this world, aren’t we? And if one atomic bomb can kill how many(?), then why be afraid of the man with his thumb on the button. Population is not an excuse to say, “oh, do not worry”. That is the reason for the old adage; “One bad apple will spoil the whole barrel.” But the following link will illustrate an American problem with Christianity in progress. The point that they think Obama has anything to do with it is moot, I am not espousing that idea. In fact Obama has done a great deal for the environmental progress being made in this nation.
    https://thehornnews.com/atheists-to-students-stop-praying-for-america/

    1. Jim Cook says:

      That article is about government employees being told to stop using their government position to push Christian prayer. Since when is it a principal’s job to promote one particular religion, ella? Students are absolutely free to pray in public schools all over the place. Schools are not free to push religion using government employees and government resources.

      Sure, we’re part of the world, on your other point. But here in the United States, we have a Constitution that declares we’re not supposed to be using religious tests in government. I therefore have a problem with clergy being used in government proceedings in the first place. But how is it right for Iowa Republicans to be throwing a hissy fit and protesting the clergymember not being a Christian? That’s hijacking government to push a religion, and that’s not consistent with fundamental American legal principles.

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