Just Give me some of that Old Time Religion
People flocked to the new world for among other reasons the right to worship how they chose. That concept has gradually eroded, until it was all but forgotten. In a the final Republican Debate on July 25, 2016, former Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, whose campaign, at that time, was virtually dead proposed what ultimately would become the 30th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
In the debate held on July 25, 2016, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when asked if he felt that the United States was basically a "Christian Nation," by the Reverend Pat Robertson, Senator Santorum answered, "No, we are not a Christian nation. However, we are a God Fearing nation, based upon Christian beliefs. The Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, but strictly construed and based upon the our forefathers intentions, religion does not include, Atheism, Agnosticism nor any of these primitive religions that don't think like us."
When asked, by Reverend Robertson if he would support any legislation that would codify that, he responded with an enthusiastic, "absolutely!"
The audience stood and applauded. Santorum immediately climbed shot up to second among Republicans in the polls. There wasn't enough time left for him to catch up to Trump, in the polls, but he did secure himself the Vice Presidential nomination.
It seemed that as many people who embraced Santorum, despised him. Throughout the country Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Atheists, Agnostics and Red Sox Fans protested. Many of these protests became violent.
For Rosh Hashanah that year, my wife, sensing the terrible changes going on suggested that we attend services. I am Jewish by birth and tradition, but Agnostic by belief. I hadn't attended services for the high holy days since the late 1960s, but when my wife said it, I immediately agreed.
We decided that we would attend these services at Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island. Touro is the oldest Synagogue in the United States. Rhode Island, is a state founded on religious freedom. In 1790, responding to an invitation to the Temple, George Washington wrote,"
"For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."
As we were leaving the Temple we were pelted with Gefilte Fish and stale bagels, and told to "go back to where we came from."
Our experience, so indicative of what was happening, made all of the major newscasts. Most journalist spoke of it with horror and fear, but Fox News' personality, Sean Hannity, condemned the actions, yet somehow managed to praise the participants.
"I can never condemn violence, but this was the action of some very well intentioned, but admittedly overzealous Christians. As a Christian nation, we should find the forgiveness in our hearts."
Conservative, radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, was not so accepting.
My friends, this is what I have been warning what would be the long term effects of years of Liberal Policies. These weren't criminals, yet when the ancient religions, with their antiquated and blasphemous rites, are waived in our faces, ever the best people say '"enough.'"