Thank you, thank you, thank you, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and all the other wise founding fathers of the United States of America, especially for the First Amendment Establishment Clause. If not for that surely or nation would be a theocracy today.
John Adams, our nation’s second president, once said: "The question before the human race is, whether the God of Nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?"
His sentiments about religion were shared by our third president, Thomas Jefferson, who stated the obvious: "In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot."
Then followed James Madison, our fourth president, who observed that: "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."
These men understood the mortal danger involved with the mixing of government and religion. That’s why they made absolutely sure that the very first provision of the Bill of Rights would be the First Amendment Establishment Clause.
If the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights were conceived and written today, I fear there would probably be no such clause; no separation between church and state. There might not even be a Bill of Rights. Much of that has been torn to shreds just within the last two decades.
There are many people in America today who fervently believe that the government ought to embody and literally enforce all the laws God commanded from the mountain top to Moses as revealed in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.
Pastor Curtis Knapp of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas is one of them.
The pastor says President Barack Obama has gone too far in supporting same sex marriage and it’s time for the U.S. government to begin killing gay men and lesbians.
“Terrorists are dangerous, the economy is a real and present danger,” he told his congregation on Sunday. “But there is simply nothing other than the holocaust of the unborn which imperils the safety of our country or places our people in jeopardy as does the leader of the Western world publicly raising his fist at the heavens and declaring that the bedrock institution of society, ordained of God and meant to be protected by the state, is little more than a convention of convenience with the children of Sodom to transform the meaning of something, which is precious to Jesus Christ, and a living picture of his love for the church into a legally protected justification for perversion and a vehicle of hatred aimed directly at that love.”
Quoting from Leviticus 20 he read: “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death.”
“They should be put to death,” Knapp preached. “‘Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t, but they should.”
“You say, ‘Oh, I can’t believe you, you’re horrible. You’re a backwards Neanderthal of a person.’ Is that what you’re calling scripture? Is God a Neanderthal, backwards in his morality? Is it His word or not? If it’s His word, he commanded it. It’s His idea, not mine. And I’m not ashamed of it.”
“He said put them to death,” he continued. “Shall the church drag them in? No, I’m not say[ing] that. The church has not been given the power of the sort; the government has. But the government ought to [kill them]. You got a better idea? A better idea than God?”
Yes, fortunately for most of us, our founding fathers had a better idea than God. Their idea protects us from the rabid religious psychopaths like pastor Knapp and others who would have the Bible as our source of morality and law.
And I don’t think for one minute that pastor Knapp and his ilk would stop at government cleansing the society of gays. His God gave Moses a lengthy laundry list of sinners who must be put to death.
They like God’s idea:
Kill the sinners!