Surprising for a society that is used to the 24 hour news cycle and to only relegating 15 minutes of fame for each major story no matter how important or big — 48 hours later and people of all ages colors and creeds are still bombarding social media with posts lambasting the United States Supreme Court for their ruling on Monday that “closely held companies such as Hobby Lobby could discriminate against it’s employees by not paying for their full health care coverage if any aspect of it went against their religious views — in this case specifically ‘birth control and contraception’.”
Let us not get into the case or the ruling specifically. For it is just too nuanced and complex. Not even I have been able to fully decide one way or the other which way to lean. Yet interestingly, in 1998 Justice Scalia voted AGAINST corporations being allowed to break any part of the law on religious grounds because he said it would “create a slippery slow environment in the United States that could lead to any and everybody breaking the law and claiming it was for religious reasons.” I tend to agree.
On a different note, this morning I was watching a documentary about the advanced knowledge that ancient civilizations held and that is now being kept secret from modern societies around the world. Again, that is not the point of this post. But I do find it interesting when reflecting on 18 years of schooling in America and we never studied how the entire universe and nature is comprised of matter using Phi and the Fibonacci Sequence. We may have learned OF these mathematical coincidences, mysteries, anomalies…. But the extent to which the entire universe and human body is composed of them, including DNA itself, was never brought into the classroom.
It got me to thinking about God and Intelligent Design. I closed my eyes and just felt into God…connecting more than communicating…. As I relaxed into the quiet of my mind it began to occur to me how suddenly secular the United States is becoming. We don’t go a day now without seeing someone somewhere say something negative about Christianity or religion. Precisely because of this latest Supreme Court ruling. People are angry. They deserve to be. It appears that corporations are taking over the country, even to the point of seeping into the Supreme Court of the United States, one of the most respects institutions in the world today. (But for how long if these kind of shenanigans are allowed to continue?)
But should this anger be aimed at religion? Or God? It just makes it more and more difficult for those of us who do have a close relationship with the Divine to be open about it. Besides the fact that we are made to feel insulted all the time because of this new trend of constant attacking religion and those who are religious due to “ignorance”.
I brought it up to Princess Little Tree this morning over an espresso and she and I began discussing it. She made an excellent point. People only are being led to believe that religion is at fault… Because basically people and organizations, primarily on the right, have so completely co-opted and kidnapped all things god religion and spirituality for all of these crazy radical extreme political views and missions (that at their heart have little to do with god or religion) that now, because anyone remotely intelligent in America has shifted to the Left, (which makes perfect sense — It is hard to see how anyone sane or intelligent could or would want to be associated with the so-called right at this time… — the side effect is that this has compelled a lot of people into believing that anything that has to do with god religion or the divine is “backwards, wrong, conservative, right wing, republican, ignorant, etc”
It’s not the fault of well meaning lefties and liberals. They’re being slowly brainwashed into believing that atheism is the only way to be because religion is being used as an excuse for all kinds of craziness in the political world at the moment in America. So we are starting to see more and more atheist type comments on social media — including near daily attacks on god and religion specifically. From the left. As if being liberal and intelligent means one is automatically an atheist or anti-religion. Which of course they are not.
It IS making it more challenging to openly be spiritual or religious or just be publicly honest about being a christian or in touch with the divine etc. But I feel it’s important that we do not steer away from continuing to be open about our connection w the Divine. If anything perhaps we need to be even more open about it… To show that rationally minded well meaning intelligent liberty-focused people can still be connected to the divine, believe in god, be religious or spiritual etc.
These few crazies that support the Hobby Lobby decision for no other reason than people they believe to be in power on the so-called right are TELLING them to support it do not own god religion spirituality or the divine. They’re just using it; as a tool or a weapon. But it isn’t their’s to use.
Those of us who feel strong and bold enough to do so need to speak out and remind the world that there are still plenty of us in the United States who are deeply spiritual AND intelligent at the same time. The right wing, no matter how much they love believing they have a monopoly on religion in America, doesn’t have any more connection with God or religion than anyone else. In fact, due to the very nature of HOW they are using their supposed religiousness, one could easily assert that they don’t have a very close relationship with God at all and don’t even even remotely resemble what a religious person is or thinks or acts like. If WE don’t do this, who will?
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