Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Quotation for Today: Has the Republican Party Become a Religious Organization?

Again, the issue of church-and-state and a religious test for politicians raises its ugly head. The quotation for today and the related articles capture well the dangers to freedom posed by fusing church and state and applying religious test for politicians; a threat to freedom that the nation's Founding Fathers warned us about.

"According to Stewart, it’s hard to overstate the sense of confusion experienced by young Catholic, Mormon, mainstream Protestant, Jewish, and non-theist children when adult authority figures in their school promote a particular sectarian belief, often while actively denigrating and contradicting the worldview they’re being taught at home."
Rachel Tabachnik
Rachel Tabachnik, an independent researcher who writes and speaks about the political and societal impact of the Religious Right, reviews Katherine Stewart's book The Good News Club: The Stealth Assault on America's Children. The comment above was taken from Ms. Tabachnik's article on Ms. Stewart's book. 

You can read more about Ms. Stewart and her book here.

Tabachnik, Rachel. "The Religious Right's Plot To Take Control Of Our Public Schools." AlterNet 6 March, 2012.

Related information:

Rosenthal, Andrew. "The Loyal Opposition: The Republican Primary Voters’ Religious Test." The New York Times 6 March, 2012: online edition.

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