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The Examiner: How the religious right plans to turn the United States into a theocracy

-By Robert Sobel

February 27, 2012- The First Amendment. If someone doesn't know much about history, politics or current events, they still probably know about the First Amendment. The First Amendment gives people the right to free speech, the protection that we can say what we want. What people don't know about the First Amendment is that it's more complex than just thinking you can say what you want and get away with it. While you can say what you want, there will be repercussions depending on the situation. In addition to the free speech aspect, the topic of religion is also heavily discussed.

Religion has become more involved in American politics today than ever before and it's important to examine why it needs to stop. The First Amendment is clear in how it feels about religion.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What the text states is that in America, if you choose to be religious, you have the right to become part of any religious affiliation that you want without the fear of discrimination. Without question, freedom of religion is part of the American culture. However, in addition to the freedom of religion, the United States also guarantees freedom from religion. The opening line of the First Amendment, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," states that the congress and the government will make no law that reflects any religious belief. Rick Santorum and the Republican party talk about the constitution, but they seem to only use what they need in order to fit their ideology. Newt Gingrich often talks about the "secular left" and how it tries to undermine traditional American policies. Recently, the Republican party has continued their shift to the right of the political spectrum and have used their religious belief for all the wrong reasons. The most recent examples are in states like Ohio, Virginia and Alabama, where conservatives are going all out in their attempt to prevent any abortion and stripping away the rights of women. Virginia Republicans tried to pass a bill that would require a vagina ultrasound in order for women to get an abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. The use of religion by conservatives has also alienated members of the LGBT community as presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and others have said they would repeal all same-sex equality laws.



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