“Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
The word from Laura Zuckerman of Reuters:
Members of a county Republican Party in Idaho are to take up a measure on Tuesday evening that would declare the state a Christian one to bolster what the proposal calls the “Judeo-Christian bedrock of the founding of the United States.”
The resolution to be voted on by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is non-binding, meaning it does not have the effect of laws or rules.
The proposal seeks that Idaho be “formally and specifically declared a Christian state,” guided by a Judeo-Christian faith reflected in the U.S. Declaration of Independence where all authority and power is attributed to God, the resolution reads.
The measure argues that the Christian faith is under “strident attack” in the United States, and cites as evidence the absence of Christian traditions and symbols in public institutions such as schools.
To the one, we have yet another reminder that for many, “equality” can only mean “supremacism”.
To the other, we have yet another reminder that conservatives prefer to pretend their piety before others than actually live their faith.
Bottom line: If the Christians can’t be Christian, why should anyone else?
Image note: Detail of Piss Christ by Andres Serrano, 1987.
Zuckerman, Laura. “Republicans propose declaring Idaho a ‘Christian state'”. Reuters. 24 February 2015.