By Herb Silverman
In a recent piece, I described striking similarities between Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich, and why Newt would be such a compatible running mate. After the attack in Nice, France, and just before Trump picked Mike Pence as his running mate, it appears that Gingrich made one last attempt to show he could be even Trumpier than Trump. Gingrich said, “We should test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.” Aside from violating the U.S. Constitution, how impractical would it be to round up all Muslims in the country and give them such a religious test? Many patriotic Americans who practice the Muslim faith would undoubtedly become anti-American if required to take that test.
America is an exceptional country because our founders wisely established a secular nation whose authority rests with “We the people,” not “Thou the deity.” Our Constitution makes no mention of God, Jesus, or Allah, and our government must not favor one religion over another or religion over non-religion. Secular values are American values that benefit all of us, religious and nonreligious. We may believe anything we want, but we can’t break the law without paying the consequences.
Religious liberty means you can promote your religion, but you can’t impose your beliefs on others. We are free to practice any religion as long as that practice does not harm others. Sharia law is certainly a problem in some countries, but in this country I worry more about conservative Christians who try to use the law to impose their beliefs on other people. Under the guise of religious liberty, some invoke their religion to discriminate and take away rights from those who don’t share their religion. While the majority in this country may be Christian, we are no more a Christian nation than we are a white nation.
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