If Barack Obama had a nickle for every time some far-right authoritarian nimrod accused the President, the Democratic party, or all progressives in general, of hating America, the deficit would be halfway gone by now.
The latest to levy this charge is Matt Barber, the same idiot who blamed leftists for drug-resistant STDs, who has since proven himself to be psychotic enough to join the many lunatics and madmen at WorldNetDaily.
“Anti-Christian extremist groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and People for the American Way hate God, he writes. “They also hate America. True America.”
That “True America” being, as many of you may have already guessed, the version of America that stopped existing over a hundred years ago, as Barber himself would proceed to come dangerously close to flat out admitting.
“These ‘progressive’ outfits – along with like-minded politicos, judges, Hollywood elitists and left-wing media-types – hate that this great nation was expressly founded upon the bedrock precepts of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
“And so, in response, they lash out. They endeavor first to raze our God-blessed America, and then raise, from the rubble, a godless America fashioned in their own secular-socialist self-image.”
What Matt Barber may not understand (or, more likely, does understand but has an invested interest in pretending otherwise) is that progressives don’t hate America, nor do they hate Christianity.
What they really hate are wannabe tyrants who claim that they themselves are receiving instructions directly from God, and smarmy snake oil salesmen who claim that they are God’s tax collectors.
This is why the Founding Fathers, many of whom were spiritual in their own right, expressly established the separation of Church and State in the very first amendment of the Constitution: To prevent the United States from falling under the control of a theocracy no different from the one that backed the monarchy they rebelled against.
Matt Barber would very much like to ignore this, but wound up mentioning it in his article anyway.
“What about the U.S. Constitution?” Barber asks. “Doesn’t it at least require church-state separation?
“No, not in the way ‘progressives’ imagine it does. In fact, contrary to popular opinion, the words ‘separation of church and state’ are found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution.”
To put this in terms even Matt Barber would understand, this would be like pointing out that the phrase “Thou shalt not have sex with chickens” does not appear anywhere in the Bible.
In both cases, however, there is a phrase that encompasses it. Which Barber already knows about, both in the satirical example of the Bible, and of the Constitution.
He proceeds to quote the the equivalent word for word.
“The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause – a mere 10 words – is the primary tool the left misuses and abuses to accomplish its insurgency. Yet it remains abundantly clear in both scope and meaning. The Establishment Clause merely states: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. …’
That’s also enough. And regardless of how much wannabe authoritarians like Matt Barber try to lobby it to mean something else, it never has and it never will.
Barber’s big epic conclusion — his proof that liberals and progressives hate Christianity and hate America — is to argue that the same restrictions do not apply to the states.
“In fact, until as late as1877 – and after religious free exercise became absolute with passage of the Fourteenth Amendment – most states did have an official state form of Christianity. Massachusetts, for example, sanctioned the Congregational Church until 1833.”
Matt Barber’s “True America,” by his own admission, is an America that died shortly after the Civil War. And whether he acknowledges or not, “Real Christianity” by his definition has been dead since before he was born as well.
It isn’t America or Christianity that liberals hate. It’s what people like Matt Barber are far too eager to do in their names.