Late last Thursday night, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down Mississippi's controversial "Religious Freedom Act"; a law that, among other things, would have allowed businesses and government officials who claim to hold a "sincere religious belief" to legally discriminate against citizens who hold different beliefs. In other words, under this 'Religious Freedom Act', equality under the law would be suspended and superseded by Christian religious belief.

Another attack against equality by organized Religion, struck down by the court in 2013 after affecting thousands of lives for 17 years, was the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) a Federal law enacted on September 21, 1996, that formalized the U.S.

Government definition of legal marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This law allowed states to refuse to recognize legal same-sex marriages that has been performed in other states. A major portion of DOMA was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013.

The preceding were just two of many examples of the Christian Church attempting to insert its doctrine into U.S. civil law and essentially rewrite the U.S. Constitution since 1979 when Baptist minister Jerry Falwell created an organization he called the Moral Majority. Falwell's objective in the creation of the Moral Majority was to have the Christian religion gain power and virtual control of the Federal legislative process.

Organized religion: the enemy?

An essay in Thursday's (6/29/16) Columbia Daily Tribune by Attorney Craig Van Matre is a timely and incisive indictment of the tactics of major religions. The bottom line of Van Matre's essay in his own words is: "The real enemy’s minions are people who think they have the right to act on God’s behalf in forcing a religious belief on any other person."  Their crime: "trying to make religion superior to the rule of law."

Not only Islam

Clearly, Van Matre could have been describing Islamic nations where religious practices and beliefs are themselves the rules of law, and if ignored, could cost a person his or her life.

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Van Matre's admonition however against 'acting on God's behalf also applies here in the United States where the Christian religion through the court system and the legislative system has attempted (successfully in many cases) to incorporate its doctrine in laws that would affect the entire population, with total disregard of the obvious fact that many thousands of individuals who do not share their beliefs would nonetheless be bound by the laws. Something seems so un-American about promulgating religious doctrine through the force of law. American law limits or enforces actions, never beliefs.  

God doesn't need our help

The purpose of organized religion appears not to be the glorification of God or the perpetuation of God's Word, it appears instead to be the perpetuation of the lucrative business of organized religion itself, as well as fostering the perception that those who oppose it are Godless criminals.

[Note: According to Wikipedia: While most Americans identify themselves as Christians, close to 25% claim no religious affiliation and over 6% of the population identify as Jewish, Buddist, Muslim, and Hindu (with the Muslim component growing so rapidly no percentage you see will be accurate.)]