Well, it looks like the Social Conservative wing of the GOP got almost all that it wanted in this year's GOP party platform, It is loaded with high moral principles related to religion, that is, one specific type of religion, the Christian Fundamentalist kind of religion.
The platform is even more to the right on social issues than the last one. Society, which is ever changing, has made the GOP religious right wing even more reactionary lately, as they continue to hold to a traditionalist view that is only found on 1950's TV shows. They demand that we all see a real family as only one specific unit. They demand all legislation have a religious test involved, and they want the bible taught in all public schools, as a very important 'education' tool only, of course, that is the only reason, it is not really about religion. Nudge nudge, wink wink.
The two things that really made me annoyed was that the platform makes a demand that religion be used as a guideline when our representatives legislate, Even stating outright "that man made law must be consistent with God-Given natural law". Did you notice that this plank did not actually stipulate a specific religion, that they are all supposed to be "consistent" with, just a religion.
Should they have to consult 'any' religious text or 'any' religious leader to know how to proceed, or just go with their own gut interpretation?
Should they have to announce the religious reason they chose to vote on any legislation, so we know they are really doing that?
I mean there are a lot of questions that need to be answered before we apply this high minded morality onto all of our lives.
Which religion must we and can we trust to do that?
Which religious leader do we need to use for this great purpose?
Should we create a special government/religious office, 'The Grand Pope Mufti Preacher Pastor Of America', so we are all in sync as a nation with this ideal moral idea.
The plank leaves many of these questions unanswered.
Now further on, the platform also encourages the teaching of the bible in public schools because, a "good understanding of its contents is indispensable for development of an educated citizenry".
And there we have it, all we needed to know about which religion our legislators need to consult when creating laws. wanting the government to promote the bible and one religion is all this is all about.
That is not Freedom of Religion, that is religious tyranny that a very specific and loud religious sect wants for its own purposes. The rest of us be damned to a life under their myopic and tyrannical outlook.
If we cannot trust this party to observe the right to real religious freedom, for all religions. and for every citizen, then what can we trust them with?
The GOP has just lost sight on what real religious freedom means.