Republican Religious Fanatics Pose A Much Bigger Threat To Our Country Than ISIS

Let me preface this by saying I’m in no way trying to downplay ISIS as a threat, nor am I attempting to say the behavior by Republicans is as barbaric and monstrous as the group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

That being said, while Republicans would have Americans believe that we’re facing an imminent threat of some sort of radical Islamic takeover here in the United States (we’re not), what we’re actually seeing is a huge push by the evangelical right to insert their dominance into our government and turn the United States into a theocracy.

If it were up to many Republicans, this country wouldn’t be governed by our Constitution, but by the Bible. Hell, not too long ago potential GOP presidential candidate and Fox News host Mike Huckabee literally said that Americans shouldn’t have to follow laws they felt were “ungodly.” In other words, if our Supreme Court rules that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, it’s okay for Americans to ignore that ruling – because the Bible says so.

Their whole premise on same-sex marriage is based off the belief that the Bible dictates what is or isn’t a marriage. These are people who are literally trying to pass laws that makes discrimination against homosexuals legal.

Then there’s always the issue of abortion and the control they want over what women do with their own bodies. As if a pregnant woman suddenly relinquishes her rights the moment she’s impregnated. Not only that, but our Supreme Court has said that a woman has the right to have an abortion. This is yet another area of the private lives of Americans where these religious radicals feel they can force their religious views on those who do not share them.

Even when you look at climate change, a good portion of those who deny it’s being caused by humans do so because they don’t believe we have the ability to cause such changes to our climate. To many of these people, any change in our climate is controlled by God, therefore it’s pointless for us to do anything to try to prevent the catastrophic disasters that will occur if we don’t start taking much better care of our planet.

But the truth is, this is just the beginning. I don’t doubt for a moment that if our Supreme Court was comprised of conservatives, with Republicans controlling both Congress and the White House, that these conservatives would be taking even bigger steps to interject more and more of their religious dogma onto the rest of us.

That’s how all of this works; it starts with gay marriage and abortion, then it grows into other areas of the Bible. They’re already trying to interject religion into education, and Fox News is basically just the talking arm of the religious right, so it wouldn’t take much before they slithered their way into other areas of our lives, adding more and more theocratic rule, backed by an ultra-religious Republican party and a highly conservative Supreme Court.

In fact, there’s been a plan for this in place for many years called the “7 Cultural Mountains.” Basically it’s a plan by religious fanatics to seize control over seven key areas of our society:

  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Business
  • Education
  • Family
  • Government
  • Media
  • Religion

Looking at that list, aren’t we already seeing this “plan” starting to evolve? I’ve never been one to push conspiracy theories, and I don’t think I’m pushing one now. It’s my opinion that we’re already seeing this plan take shape every single day in this country.

It’s like peeling an onion. If they go slowly, one layer at a time, they’re hoping most people won’t notice. But over time, as they continue to peel back layer after layer, eventually more and more of that onion begins to vanish until there’s basically nothing left.

Well, that’s what these right-wing religious radicals are trying to do with our freedom of religion. They’re slowly trying to peel back each thin layer at a time hoping we won’t notice, with their ultimate goal being to place the Bible atop the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

So, while there’s no denying that ISIS is a religiously-driven threat to which we must pay attention, the more immediate threats we face in this country are the Christian fanatics trying to chip away at our freedoms and our Constitutional rights, as they continue trying to turn the United States into a right-wing theocracy built on bigotry, ignorance and oppression.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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