Straight from the Middle: Extremist Political Views Challenge Americans’ Religious Freedoms
Extremists in American politics undermine this great nation in order to pursue their own agendas that challenge the fundamental principles defined by the American Constitution and the spirit of Americanism.
By William O. Lipinski
The anti-American political movement whose policies will destroy our American way of life has come up with some new issues to divide us.
The other day on the radio I heard a law professor from a prestigious Eastern law school make the following statement: “The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written by a very small group of men narrow-minded, sectarian, slave-owning white Christians. ”
These biased documents allowed white men to keep their boots on the throats of women and people of color for decades, critics argued.
Their code of white male supremacy has controlled this nation since its founding, they claim.
Needless to say, there are many things in this statement that I disagree with. In fact, I probably agree with none of that. And as an American, I find that offensive.
But the problem is spreading through mainstream media, television and social media.
I have read similar statements made by several columnists, radio and television commentators and talk show hosts, all within days of this professor’s remarks.
The next issue this extremist anti-American movement is using to divide Americans is education.
With US Supreme Court rulings authorizing the use of taxes to help fund religious schools, opponents are brutally and fiercely attacking these rulings and religious schools.
America’s dividers say the court’s religious rulings are part of the radical agenda of European American Christian white men’s campaign to return our Land of the Free to the 1950s.
This anti-American political movement is falsely shouting hysterically that these educational decisions of the Supreme Court are an attempt to make this nation once again a white supremacist-controlled nation to make it, once again, a white Christian European nation.
These non-American voices argue that religious schools are not charged with promoting democratic values or a common American identity.
These purveyors of anti-Americanism claim that religious schools promote discrimination and segregation.
They also say that religious schools divert money from public education.
A Supreme Court justice who opposes funding religious schools has repeatedly said that there is no law guaranteeing the right to fund religious schools.
Another Supreme Court justice said giving taxpayer money to religious schools was tantamount to subsidizing the indoctrination of a religion.
I know this is a very aggressive column in dealing with these claims. But, I think these opinions are shocking. I am shocked to hear and read these things being said about our founding fathers and religious education.
And they are said with very little hindsight in mainstream media and commentators.
In this country. I hope and pray that we can educate our fellow Americans about what the truth really is and correct these woefully inaccurate statements.
(William O. Lipinski served in Congress representing the 5th and 3rd congressional districts from 1982 to 2005. Email Bill at [email protected] This column originally appeared in the Newspaper Group Des Plaines Valley News. www.BillLipinski.com)