Rabbi Sherwin Wine

There are two visions of America. One precedes our founding fathers and finds its roots in the harshness of our puritan past. It is very suspicious of freedom, uncomfortable with diversity, hostile to science, unfriendly to reason, contemptuous of personal autonomy. It sees America as a religious nation. It views patriotism as allegiance to God. It secretly adores coercion and conformity. Despite our constitution, despite the legacy of the Enlightenment, it appeals to millions of Americans and threatens our freedom.

The other vision finds its roots in the spirit of our founding revolution and in the leaders of this nation who embraced the age of reason. It loves freedom, encourages diversity, embraces science and affirms the dignity and rights of every individual. It sees America as a moral nation, neither completely religious nor completely secular. It defines patriotism as love of country and of the people who make it strong. It defends all citizens against unjust coercion and irrational conformity. This second vision is our vision. It is the vision of a free society. We must be bold enough to proclaim it and strong enough to defend it against all its enemies. – Rabbi Sherwin Wine

Found in comments here, where Bachmann says government is coming to take our math away. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

More from Bachmann’s co-hort in Operation: Guinea Pig.

Think this quote is very telling:

“Once you have thrown God out, government becomes the source of your rights and can take them away. This, folks, is what tyranny looks like.”

Because God is not part of government, via the separation of church and state, government must be defeated. The bigger government gets, the more it eclipses God as the source of power. It’s the whole impetus behind the marriage between small government and the evangelical right. Interestingly, this video is from 2002, so the Bush administration is to the left of what they want to do – which is bring God into government, to replace man-made laws with the law of the Bible, the word of God. This is what tyranny looks like.

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