North Dakota legislature and governor take orders from far right groups and zealots and make the state look foolish.
When my ancestors fled England to save their ears, they thought they had escaped bodily harm and acheived freedom. My husband has an ancestor who was beheaded in Zurich over baptism and his decendents fled to Germany, Holland, and finally to Pennsylvania. I had amazing teachers who taught that the US constitution established separation of church and state. I believed it. Boy, was I wrong!
I've been reading The Religious Right: Greatest Threat to Democracy by Alexander. Everyone should read it. It links all the self-righteous groups and individuals and shows that Hillary was correct when she said "There is a vast right wing conspiracy."
The conspiracy involves those who wish to destroy public schools and censor books, privatize all government services---including social security and national parks, and control morals and behavior--especially of women. It involves the same men who have been involved in many sex scandals including abuse of boys, using the services of prostitutes, and having numerous affairs. And some of these guys hold elected offices, and make huge fortunes runnning mega-churches, or preaching passionately on radio or TV, while soliciting donations---remember Jimmy Swaggart and his gold plated faucets?
This week,The ND legislature has passed five laws to restrict abortion in various and devious ways, and now Governor Dalrymple has signed them, even against the advice of doctors, colleges, and those most affected---women, Dalrymple signed these measures. Now, women, I hope you all got the message that you are too stupid to make decisions about your own body and future. Some of these zealots do not care about babies, but they sure like the camera.
When the news of these laws broke, a Bishop, in full white regalia, wearing his miter and holding his crozier pronounced how wonderful these laws are! Is that separation of church and state? He has a right to his opinion, and control of his own body. Women do too.
In case you, like me, believed our forefathers wanted government free of "religious" interference and religion free of government interference, the Bishop made it very clear that the two institutions are NOT separate.
I have the solution: If you don't believe in abortion, don't have one! Leave other people to their own decisions. Even a bishop doesn't know everything. Some of the most fevered zealots have no connection to the women who will be required to give birth. Have they considered the costs to society of teen pregnancy or of a life-time of care for a damaged fetus?
This I know: Not everyone who wears a cross is a Christian. Not everylaw maker is wise. As kids used to say, "MInd your own beeswax!"