Do you ever hear or read something that seems so unlikely that you think to yourself, "It must be my medication?" And then you realize that you're not on medication? And then once you actually sort through the data, you conclude that it's likely time to go on medication?
House Republicans are quietly attempting to take a first legislative step to make Evangelical Christianity our first state religion.
In direct violation of the Constitution, House Republicans drafted legislative language that would elevate Christian Evangelical Preachers to the status of official government chaplains above all other religions, including non-Evangelical Christians.
This obscure little amendment is intended to give Evangelical chaplains the exclusive right to preside over all secular military ceremonies.
The New York Times reports that the Pentagon and ecumenical chaplain groups objected to this amendment, but the controlling Republicans nonetheless wrote it into the budget and have been stubbornly defending it. Their view is that our troops should be led by the one true faith at the exclusion of all others.
Theocracy in action.
The Times says it is "unlikely" that the Senate would ever allow such a travesty to go through, but the very fact that the Republican-controlled House has attempted such a thing, and with very little media attention, suggests that we are closer to a terrible political crisis in this country than anyone of us has yet imagined.
Clearly, large numbers of elected officials in Congress are determined to overturn our constitution.
Is the Republican party staging a silent and subtle coup that would end democracy and create a Christian Taliban theocracy? While that question seems extreme, what were they thinking? And how much longer can we go on pretending that things aren't as dire as the evidence clearly shows them to be?
Every elected official in this nation swears an oath to defend the constitution. How could such language have been drafted? How could it have made its way into such an important document? How could it even be a subject for debate in the United States House of Representatives?
My prayer, if I were to pray to some deity, would be that each and every one of these Republicans and George W. Bush himself end their careers in shame and disgrace and go down in history as the insidious and seditious villains that they have clearly shown themselves to be.
These people have betrayed this nation in no uncertain terms and how so many of us can go on--including the media, or particularly the media--pretending otherwise is mind-boggling.