Corruption has gone too far. The righteous must break away. Hope now rests with
a holy remnant that will honor foundational texts. The message sounds familiar.
A church schism? No, mounting calls for secession from the United States. Since
President Obama won re-election, more than 750,000 Americans have petitioned the
White House website to let their respective states secede, from Alaska to Iowa
to Maryland and Vermont. Those leading the charge are framing it, observers say,
in terms that suggest a deep-seated religious impulse for purity-through-separation is flaring up once again.
"Today's secessionist movements are just the latest example of a long parade of
breakaway groups (in American history) seeking to restore some lost ideal," said
Peter J. Thuesen, professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue
University Indianapolis. "The problem is that the ideal is invariably a mirage."
Didn't we try that secession thing once before? I think it was called the Civil War. Thousands and thousands of Americans on both sides died. And that was when
they were using muskets and cannon balls. Imagine what the death toll would be
like with modern weaponry. Do we want to turn entire states into Ruby Ridge?
Here's an idea. If you want to live in a place where the political system is based on religious values, I have the perfect place for you. Saudi Arabia. And you don't need to form a new organization to bring morality into the government, there's already such an organization. It's called the Taliban. Of course you could always move to Israel but it's full of those awful Christ-killing Jews. So I guess that wouldn't serve your purposes either.
I rejoice daily that our founding fathers were wise enough to build safeguards into this country to prevent witch hunts and inquisitions. But I am also reminded of the old adage that "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty". Keeping the United States free is not the job of the politicians or the military. It is the job of each one of us.
May we always remain vigilant.