Let's take a look at the contradictions posed to us by the GOP. The GOP majority in the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill prohibiting the transmission of offensive images and the governor, a member of the GOP, signed the bill into law. The question underlying this is who is the one that deems an image offensive. The highest court in these great United States have time and time again ruled that expression and art are protected under the First Amendment with the freedom of speech. Essentially this law is in direct violation of our rights that have been in place for nearly two and a half centuries.
Now, let's look at the Second Amendment, a favorite of the GOP, the right to bear arms. The amendment reads as follows; "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The same high court, the third branch of this experiment we call a republic, uses this to give people right to own firearms. The militias of yesteryear have now been transformed into the National Guard. I'm for certain that everybody that owns a gun is not a serving member, or a veteran, of the armed forces. This amendment clearly states that "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State" this does not mean EVERYBODY.
With the availability to a massive amount of firearms in the United States, guns are bound, and have, fallen into the wrong hands causing harm, even death, to people in unnecessary fashions. While the GOP fully supports everyone to have a gun in their hands, they adamantly oppose abortion. A woman has every right to choose what they want to do with their body. GOPers believe that a fetus is a living creature and abortion is death. Yes, abortion ends a pregnancy, but guns also lead to death. Why the double edged sword? Is it because you believe that once a fetus is born and is developed into a voting citizen that they will vote for you so you want to protect every right that they have? Why is it that Scott Peterson is charged with double homicide when he killed his pregnant wife? The fetus was still in the womb. Or do you protect the right to bear arms to allow for Christian extremists to reign terror on the ones who perform abortions? Who is man to say that they can wield the sword of God to do God's Will? We are but man, we are the highest intelligence that we know of in this corner of the universe and yet so, so, sooo dumb. God does not have everything written down in a book saying that this will happen at such and such time, no. We are all made of atoms on the molecular level and orbiting the nucleus of those atoms are electrons. Their orbits are unpredictable and their unpredictability leads to countless outcomes of scenarios. As a man is laying in a field outside the house of an abortion doctor with his rifle in hand taking aim through the scope, countless electrons are traveling through the neurons of that man's brain. Countless thoughts are triggering; "Do I shoot? What becomes of my family if I'm caught? What becomes of this killer's family when he's dead? Who else will avenge the countless lives he's taken? I am justifying God with this action..." and he pulls the trigger, he could have easily thought more along the lines of the reality of jail and not being able to support his family, but the blindness of faith and religion overwhelmed reality.
The Bible states that God is the ultimate judge, but what happens when individuals play God on Earth? The most ridiculous statement in any language is "I killed in the name of God". The Crusades were launched in the name of God, the Spanish Inquisition was in the name of God, even the one who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin said he killed in the name of God. God is taught to be a loving individual. People today that say they hear God need to see a doctor because their brainwashing from years of indoctrination in organized religion has blinded them from understanding what true schizophrenia is and endangers society.
The bottom line is that morality is separate from religion. Our politicians SHOULD NOT mix religion and politics. Our Founding Fathers knew this and that is why they state in the First Amendment that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. They understood that organized religion makes people crazy and societies unstable. Religion is the one thing that a society will hold onto dearly with no evidence of a deity, only the idea of punishment in the afterlife. It is a similar practice that we do with children; if children don't behave they are punished. We are all individuals and each have the right to think for ourselves. We all need to take responsible for the actions we cause in this realm for this realm is true, it is real. I have tangible evidence everyday when I hug my kids and kiss my wife. I can hear the thunder outside and feel the rain fall on my head. This is real, this is chemistry, biology and physics all working simultaneously. We need to take what we have for what it is, we don't need to bend the rules to make them say what we want, this is what causes polarization in society.