Today, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation that would modify provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes. In addressing the issue at a press conference today, Senator Booker stated the following:
So I have a saying about religion. Before you tell me about your religion, first show to it to me in how you treat other people. Well, while the Gospel and many religious books say something, the truth is that we have a civic gospel as well. We all know the words. We say them in our songs and pledges. We have this self-evident truth that everyone is created equal. We believe that we have equality under the law. We say with the hallowed phrases that we are a nation of liberty and justice for all.
So, it seems that Senator Booker acknowledges that we have a religion that controls the affairs of men today–the “civic gospel.” We say a prayer every day called the Pledge of Allegiance. We sing gospel tunes like My Country Tis of Thee and the national anthem. We have “hallowed” phrases like “liberty and justice for all.”
It seems that the idea that one should tolerate one another should be accompanied by the iron fist of the State that preaches this “civic gospel.” We shall enter the new millennium by forcing people to serve those that have lifestyles that we disagree with. In truth, this bill will result in the diminishing of liberty. We would be forced to give up more of our freedom in order to handle the expansion of “rights.” Joseph Sobran stated it well when he said:
The term civil rights has come to mean the opposite of what it suggests. People think it means individual freedom, when it usually means government power used in behalf of large groups…
What is really irritating about this is that ALL religious beliefs and feelings must be subservient to the dictates of the State. No matter what convictions you hold, they must be swept aside to ensure that equality can be maintained forever. They tried something similar a little over 200 years ago. Instead of the civic gospel, they set up something called the Cult of Reason where its goal was to perfect man by obtaining truth and liberty for all. In the end, the result was the Reign of Terror and the eventual rise of Napoleon which led to years of European war. The true Gospel will not come from Washington, it will come from men humbling themselves before the one was given power over heaven and earth. God, spare us from more political salvation schemes.