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Feb-06-2012 14:54printcomments

Let's be Honest

Pro-life Evangelicals, Catholics and the Republican Party teach uninformed people the opposite of what is in their best interest.

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(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) - There is nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to bow to the wishes of a particular religion. It simply requires that reputable religions be respected by all people. For Republicans in general or its candidates in particular to say otherwise is to play upon Catholic and Evangelical emotions to defeat and replace a sitting President. It is deceitful and a disgrace to all who subscribe to such nonsense.

No man, and that includes those of faith, can speak for God whose manner is inscrutable and impossible to interpret. God is what we are taught to believe is true, but no man is the true voice of God. Evangelists attribute Natural Disasters to the will of Jesus of what they have decided is what they prefer to believe. It is they, not God, who wants to bend our will to theirs for the power it gives them. Nature is the true voice of God to which all who are able should listen intently.

The power of Nature is immense; people everywhere should realize and prepare in advance to survive it. To people who live in the Midwest a storm cellar is a necessity. Everyone who lives or moves into Tornado Alley needs a storm cellar, or they may die as many did in Joplin, Missouri and elsewhere. Anticipation, expectation and preparedness are key to survival wherever people choose, or are forced to live on earth; to many it is tragically impossible to avoid their situation. Haiti comes to mind.

The earth is over populated, and women should not add to it if they don’t want a child; if they conceive unwillingly, the sooner they abort their pregnancy the better for all. But among the poor and uninformed of this world, lives and communities are being burdened unnecessarily because of religious demands and irrational insistence

Pro-life Evangelicals, Catholics and the Republican Party teach uninformed people the opposite of what is in their best interest. The pill is not a sin; it is common sense and the means to a better life. It should be available to girls and women everywhere. Evangelists have usurped The Republican Party, and that’s the truth!

They are the deciding factor that determines who will be the Party nominee.

So, what ought thinking women, and all of us, do to assure ourselves a better life? Ignore the ranting of such as Newt Gingrich, a new Catholic, who leads deserving women astray; not for their good, but to fulfill his own selfish design.

Just as it is incumbent upon all to understand the power of nature and prepare to survive it, so too is it logical to ignore politicians and clergy who are more interested in themselves than with you.

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Kenneth G. Ramey, Salem-News.com's Religion and Philosophy Writer, confronts the hard issues of politics and religion from a logical point of view that combines interesting insight with history into the truth, or lack thereof, that underlies the strengths and weaknesses of the Religious Right’s determination to use American politics for its own misguided, or selfish, interest. It’s rare for a writer to balance his writing between religious values and the secular guarantees of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights with the knowledge that Ken possesses, and to do it so effectively.

Ken was born in Minnesota but was raised in California since 1932. He is the youngest of four boys raised by his mother alone during the dark years of the Great Depression. He Graduated from SFSU in the 1970s when in his mid-forties, majoring in Spanish North American History, and added three years of post-graduate study, much of it in Philosophy and Religion. We live at a critical time in history and believe Ken's views represent the view of many who are tired of the commercialism and false interpretations about religion today. Watch for Ken's articles on religion, philosophy, politics and history. View articles written by Kenneth G. Ramey You can email Ken at: darken1@sbcglobal.net


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Jaele February 7, 2012 12:11 pm (Pacific time)

I wouldn't group this in the Republican party by any means, and especially not Dr. Ron Paul...


ken ramey February 7, 2012 11:12 am (Pacific time)

JOE I am 83 years old and I know that when it comes to sex even devout Catholics ignore what is not in their best interest or contrary to desire. I don't think wise women will go to hell because of it, but they will live a better life.


Liz February 7, 2012 8:55 am (Pacific time)

Joe I believe this is a trial ballon by Obama's people. They will back off and provide an exemption. They do this frequently, but if the healthcare program goes into full effect there will be no exemptions, and the ones in effect will be cancelled. I have a very bad feeling about the future of healthcare in America unless you are very rich and/or politically connected. These health programs in other countries may sound rosy but most have diminishing services and longer waiting periods. As the economic struggles in Europe continue, medical services are some of the first things to receive the budget ax. Here in the states we are seeing the same thing happening as budgets are cut. Free enterprise is what we need to have along with safety nets for those who cannot afford healthcare or have pre-existing issues. When you have one system fits all, you will have failure. There are obvious reasons why people come here for advanced medical care and why we lead the world in research for drugs and equipment. Many of these other countries subsidize to lower costs, thus they make our drug companies look selfish, well just look at their profit margins to dispell that notion. Lots of propaganda out there. Bottom line, who other than us can do what we do? No one, so we need the free enterprise model with little government intervention to proceed.


Ralph E. Stone February 7, 2012 7:31 am (Pacific time)

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." I am not sure I would go so far as to say the First Amendment requires that "reputable religions be respected by all people." It means among other things, a separation of government and religion and the right to practice one's religion. That does not mean, however, that religion always supersedes civil law. The Supreme Court opined that to make a religious rule or law superior to civil law would make each person "law unto himself" and render the government ineffectual and irrelevant. Thus, for example, the Supreme Court upheld a Utah law outlawing bigamy even though it was argued that bigamy was a religious act.


Joe Cottle February 7, 2012 12:42 am (Pacific time)

The Catholic Church teaches that sterilization, artificial contraception, and abortion are morally wrong and that Catholics cannot be involved in them. The Obamacare law requires that all individuals purchase health insurance and that larger employers provide health insurance to their workers or face a penalty. The regulation would force Catholics to act against the teachings of their faith and against their consciences.


stephen February 6, 2012 4:28 pm (Pacific time)

true about the GOP, they are out of control and completely corrupt (except Ron Paul, and that is why the GOP and mainstream hate him). But this article seems to focus on republicans when democrats are the same, and sometimes even worse.

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