This morning His Thickness, Chuck Todd, interviewed the new editor and chief of Charlie Hebdo, Gerard Biard. This man was clear in his assertion that God/faith has no place in politics and by extension government. He is bloody right. France is a secular nation, albeit Catholic by in large. This country was also founded as a secular nation. Jefferson and the boys were clear that religion has no place in government – the Freedom of Religion clause is just that; freedom OF religion not FOR religion. As Mr. Gerard asserted correctly, when God enters politics tyranny ensues. Is it not religious tyranny that the Fundamentalist Right is offering this nation?
I believe and always have that most Americans agree with Mr. Gerard. However, currently the United States of America is run, governed or should I say ruled, by a loud, vicious, sanctimonious and hypocritical minority. Part of this is down to the media that focuses not on the common good or the common person, but on the outrageous, even lunatic fringe, that builds their ratings. The rest of it is down to us for having tolerated this state of affairs and not listened to the advice of Barry Goldwater, “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them.”