Quote# 40061

"Any public official should have as a top priority the goal of serving God and living a life as a witness for Jesus. All decisions we make in whatever we do should be directed to that ultimate goal.
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"It is a one-way street. Religion and faith should be able to affect government policies and practices, but government should not interfere with legitimate religions."

Indiana State Representative Dave Cheatham, Veritas Rex 56 Comments [5/29/2008 2:20:25 PM]
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anonymous_troy

If an official's top priority is not keeping the freaking country running, he is an idiot.

5/29/2008 2:29:22 PM

satellites

1) Public officials' top prioriy should be to SERVE THE PUBLIC.

2) Treaty of Tripoli, much? Isn't this why, oh, I don't know, the country was founded?



5/29/2008 2:30:04 PM

Mister Spak

"Any public official should have as a top priority the goal of serving God "

Congress shall make no law regarding religion. . .

"It is a one-way street. Religion and faith should be able to affect government policies and practices, but government should not interfere with legitimate religions."

Unfortunately for you, your religion isn't legitimate. Government interference will now commence.

5/29/2008 2:33:07 PM

M

"It is a one-way street. Religion and faith should be able to affect government policies and practices, but government should not interfere with legitimate religions."

Uh, tis is scary. In fact, what is the most frightening : the stupidity of your assertion or what are you praising with it ?


""Any public official should have as a top priority the goal of serving God and living a life as a witness for Jesus. All decisions we make in whatever we do should be directed to that ultimate goal"
Religion have nothing to do in politics. In fact, religion have nothing to do with humans being in general.

5/29/2008 2:34:30 PM

Freboy

Define then, if you would, a legitimate religion.

Do Jedis get their say?

5/29/2008 2:37:42 PM

Peelyposter

I have the feeling that there is exactly one legitimate religion in Dave Cheetham's view - Whichever branch of fundamentalist protestantism that he, personally, subscribes to.

5/29/2008 2:49:33 PM

sidhe

The good people of Indiana need to initiate a recall. I'd say having that kind of view of the role of government officials borders on treason. What about, y'know, representing the public who elected you? Or do you attribute that entirely to God and feel that you only have to represent that asshat?

5/29/2008 2:55:06 PM

Cakes

This seems to me to be "insurrection and rebellion" against the First Amendment, after he had taken an oath to uphold the Constitution.

5/29/2008 2:58:43 PM

nuke

So, since you see your religion as the only legitimate religion, you think that there should be no restrictions of the expression of it on public grounds?

And, of course, no other religion, which would be illegitimate, would have the same rights?

Theocracy, anyone?

5/29/2008 3:10:20 PM

Firthy2002

I'd prefer a public official's top priority to be to serve the public.

"It is a one-way street. Religion and faith should be able to affect government policies and practices, but government should not interfere with legitimate religions."

Slippery slope.

5/29/2008 3:11:37 PM

John

Religion and faith should be able to affect government policies and practices, but government should not interfere with legitimate religions.

Either the government policies and practices aren't religion based, or else they interfere with other peoples' religion. I'd challenge Cheatham to give a for-instance example of his meaningless bullshit statement.

5/29/2008 3:14:04 PM

Ambrielle

The fact that this is coming from a public official is a mite disturbing.

5/29/2008 3:17:34 PM

Peelyposter

Ah, but other people's religions aren't legitimate, so it doesn't matter if the government interferes with them ;)

5/29/2008 3:18:26 PM

Bilge Rat

Isn't 'legitimate religions' an oxymoron? :|

5/29/2008 3:20:16 PM

Sofia.

"It is a one-way street. Religion and faith should be able to affect government policies and practices, but government should not interfere with legitimate religions."

Too bad that approach never works. It's funny, these fundies always seem to hate the middle east for being the way it is, yet they fail to realize that without separation of church and state, the US would be just as fucked up as Saudi Arabia and the like are. If you allow religion to influence the government (and come on, who the hell believes that politics isn't being influenced by religion anyway?), it is inevitable that the government will end up interfering with religion. If you are a protestant, and the government is catholic, you will be oppressed. If you are an Anglican, and your government is Mormon, you will be oppressed... and so on and so on. If you disagree with even one teensy little opinion that the government holds, and they find out about it, you can bet your ass that they'll make you suffer. Government + religion = all of your freedoms being stripped away.

These idiots don't get that separation of church and state doesn't just protect atheists, agnostics and non-Christians -- it protects Christians too.

5/29/2008 3:25:56 PM

Nathan Poe

What is a "Legitimate Religion"? Whose invisible man in the sky deserves government recognition?

5/29/2008 3:33:09 PM

Princess Rot

If the head honcho is busy praying while Iran is launching a nuclear attack, we're fucked, you realise? Unfortunately I'm only half-joking.

5/29/2008 3:34:45 PM

Carbonated Margarine

I wish I could find a link to this comic strip: it shows a clergyman throwing a brick at a government building, but when the brick bounces back toward his church, he shouts "Sanctuary!"

5/29/2008 3:37:42 PM

Illuminatalie

That's bizarre. It appears to me to be open treason from an elected official. What if he said, his plan as State Rep is to assist Bin Laden in bombing American cities with biochemical weapons?

5/29/2008 3:42:24 PM

Grigadil

Religionoids are not qualified to run a fucking sewage plant or animal shelter, much less a nation. Any country run by priests and the like exists simply for the priests' pleasure. The citizens/peasants are expected to STFU and grovel.

Jefferson thought Jesus was an exemplary Humanist. He was wise enough to leave it at that.


5/29/2008 3:49:32 PM

Mike

Vote the bum out!

5/29/2008 3:51:16 PM

Beeblebrox

Any public official should have as a top priority the goal of serving God and living a life as a witness for Jesus.

Since public money pays our public officials I expect their top priority to be serving as a representative of the folks who elected them. Let public officials serve Jehovah and witness for Jesus on their own time and on their own dime.

5/29/2008 3:51:39 PM

aaa

Fuck you, your state and your voters.

5/29/2008 3:54:37 PM

tmr

Wrong.

5/29/2008 4:02:22 PM

BeemerRefugee1990

You like the Mid-East so much, move there and leave the rest of us alone.

I'm going to go ask one of my Live Journal buddies if she voted for this dipshit

5/29/2008 4:02:25 PM

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