Americans now live in a country where our leader claims that God commands him to make some of his most important (and devastating) decisions. Rather than being shock and awed by the this unjustifiable belief in commanding voices in his head, we seem to just go along with it. After all, how could anyone question “God”? Never mind that hatred, injustice, cruelty, and economic ruin that it includes.
It should, perhaps, come as no surprise that extreme views are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. The Washington Post reports some statistics in Hate Rises. From the article:
The dwindling Ku Klux Klan may seem like a relic of crueler times, but the number of hate groups operating in the United States has actually jumped a staggering 48 percent since 2000. Many of these groups have sprouted along the border in Arizona, California and Texas, where their ringleaders have often hijacked the immigration debate. – Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala.
This seems to be fairly typical of situations in which “faith” starts to control societies. While the religious seem to preach incessantly about tolerance and openness, they’re messages (and the teachings of their God) are often exactly the opposite. Today, homophobia is clearly on the rise (didn’t we get over this in the late 80’s?) and Americans accept that torture is necessary (despite the fact that the action is considered a crime against humanity). Over a million Iraqis are dead subsequent to our baseless attack on the nation. Yet, we have a leader that claims that God commanded all this, and he’s still in power. The correlation between religion and the many things most faiths claim to oppose is staggering. Until he can free ourselves from the tyranny of Dark Ages thinking, hate in America will continue to rise.