The Republicans have always co-opted Christianity as their own to a certain extent, but they seem to be becoming more extreme than ever, arrogantly claiming that God "told them" to run. Rick Santorum is the worst, apparently quite willing, eager even, to impose Catholic Dogma on the whole country through a system of proposed laws that can only be described as a war on women. It seems logical to think voters, particularly women, would either rush to vote for President Obama or stay away from the polls in droves, if Santorum should be the candidate.
In my book there is absolutely nothing worse than someone who is trying to cram his religious views down my throat. I will run from that person as far and as fast as I can. I worked with a bunch of people who found it necessary to announce, loudly and often that they were Christians. I soon came realized, that since I didn't participate actively in their daily religious discussions at the lunch table, coupled with the knowledge that I am a Democrat, they assumed that I was an atheist. I found that very odd. They came to this conclusion based on no facts whatsoever.
I am also highly amused when people think it is their duty to write letters to the editor instructing the rest of us in their brand of Christianity. My question to them, if I felt the need to address them at all, would be "Who asked you?" Letters full of Bible passages are invariably met with answering letters quoting passages that say the exact opposite. Ho hum. Why can't these people just meet for coffee or phone each other and debate to their hearts' content and leave the rest of us in peace?
Recently, a Federal Judge in Texas correctly held that the Constitution does not permit a school district to sponsor student-led prayer. He quickly came under fire for his opinion. The criticism became so nasty and violent that he decided to issue a personal statement along with the settlement, saying, in part:
"To the United States Marshal Service and local police who have provided heightened security: Thank you.
To those Christians who have venomously and vomitously cursed the Court family and threatened bodily harm and assassination: In His name, I forgive you.
To those who have prayed for my death: Your prayers will someday be answered, as inevitability trumps probability.
To those in the executive and legislative branches of government who have demagogued this case for their own political goals: You should be ashamed of yourselves."
He then said the following:
"Any American can pray, silently or verbally, seven days a week, twenty four hours a day, in private as Jesus taught or in large public events as Mohammed instructed."
I couldn't have said it better.