Friday, March 12, 2010

Texas Republican David Bradley: God Does Not Exist

Texas conservative and self-proclaimed Christian David Bradley, a Republican on the Texas Board of Education, has decided that God does not exist.

That is, according to Mr. Bradley's own reasoning, God does not exist.

Here's the story:

Bradley and his so-called "Christian" Republicans, who control the Texas Board of Education, have led the TBE to rewrite American history and economics to suit their own personal fantasies.

And what fantasies would that be? That separation of church and state in America never happened, and unfettered free markets are to be worshiped. Bradley and his allies even managed to censure Thomas Jefferson from Texas textbooks because Jefferson dared talk about separation of church and state.

That these so-called Christians would want to remove Jefferson and Baptists - the greatest champions of separation of church and state in colonial America - out of American history is rather strange. If not for Baptists of the 17th and 18th centuries, Bradley and his allies would quite likely be living in a nation in which the government mandated their religious beliefs. Yet bizarre as it seems, that is just their point: Bradley and his ilk are theocrats who want government to cater to their personal religious views and impose them on everyone else.

Not surprisingly, historians and other observers are outraged that Bradley and his allies have emasculated American history in order to serve their own personal interests.

And what does Mr. Bradley have to say to those who object to his fantasies-in-action? “I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” he declared. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”

Mr. Bradley obviously has never heard of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which clearly establishes - thanks to the untiring efforts of our Baptist ancestors (and yes, they were liberals in their day) - the separation of church and state.

Every American who believes in the First Amendment should each claim the $1000 that Bradley offered to anyone who could locate separation of church and state in the Constitution. Beyond that, SOMEONE needs to introduce David Bradley to the U. S. Constitution, a document - his arrogant pronouncements notwithstanding - which is seemingly quite foreign to him.

"But wait," you say, Mr. Bradley? You mean that since the words "separation of church and state" are not in the Constitution, the concept does not exist? You only believe it if the exact wording is in the Constitution?

Ah, that is why you believe God does not exist! God is not mentioned in the Constitution ... and therefore God does not exist!

Well, Mr. Bradley, in secular America, you as an opponent of Baptists, worshiper of unfettered free markets, and apparent atheist, are free to practice your own peculiar fantasies, and even to label those fantasies as "Christian." And you're even free to try and draw others into your fantasy world. But if you insist on trying to force the government - local, state, or federal - to give favoritism to (and/or promote) your personal beliefs that you pass off as religion, those Baptists whom you've written out of the history books are gonna come back to haunt you one day.

And while in your constitutional world God does not exist, it is doubtful that your blindness and deafness to history is the last word about what is and what is not.

7 comments:

LKS said...

Bruce, the e-mail address I had for you (at Mercer) did not work, so I am writing you here. Congratulations on your new position as executive director of the Baptist History and Heritage Society! I know you will do well in that position. What does this mean for BaptistLife.com?

Bob Cleveland said...

Bruce,

I don't have enough faith to be an atheist. If it means a belief that God doesn't exist, then it's a belief that..

A) I know every form God could possibly manifest Himself in.
B)I can see everywhere in the universe, all at the same time.
C) I can see all those places God might be, in the universe, and can attest that He is not in any of them.

What a HUGE chunk to bite off, let alone chew and digest. Maybe that's why God says it's a fool that says He doesn't exist.

If he's saying, on the other hand, that he doesn't believe in some picture of a god that he's conjured up in his own mind, well, I probably don't believe in THAT god, either.

Marcus said...

We have an interesting debate going on this topic at the following link:

http://www.surveymagnet.com/2010/07/does-separation-of-church-and-state-really-exists/

Come join the discussion

steve said...

Interesting Blog I have come across. You must be a journalist as the article is written like so many I read stating things that Bradley never said (at least that I could turn up). He did say that the phrase "seperation of church and state" doesn't appear in the constitution. And well he is right it doesn't. The concept has grown since the writing of the constitution to now include one's own beliefs. I think Mr Bradley was expressing his frustration with the left bent view to irradicate the mere mention of God from anyone holding a public office. That of course was something Jefferson never intended.

Bruce T. Gourley said...

Steve, I suspect you're a good enough reader to digest what I wrote:

David Bradley argues that since the words "separation of church and state" are not in the Constitution, the concept does not exist. That's a lie, and he probably knows it, but he repeated it anyway.

But, by his reckoning (if the words are not in the Constitution, it does not exist), he of necessity also denies the existence of God ... who is not in the Constitution.

As to you and Bradley's personal beliefs about separation of church and state, you both have placed your faith in myths.

steve said...

I'm not arguing that there is not a concept of separation of church and state and I don't believe Bradley truly believes that either, nor do I think he is lying. I think he was just expressing his frustration with what he sees in the news every other day how it would appear that God is under attack all over the place.
I believe the concept of separation of church and state is an important one. But as with all ideas it can be misrepresented. When used as intended so that our beloved federal government is prohibited from creating laws on the books in regards to any particular religion it is used appropriately.

In regards to the myth link you posted. Nice page, I agree with it wholeheartedly. But I think it is prudent to understand that there are people living in the USA that would like to see even the mere reference of the word God removed from any public view.

Bruce T. Gourley said...

Steve,

There are also "people who are living in the USA" who would demolish our secular democracy and set up a "Christian" theocracy ... and I think (as did our Baptist ancestors) that these folks are much more dangerous than those who would remove references to God in public life.

Also, I would be interested in your list of Americans who would remove references to God ... or Allah ... or Buddha ... or (name your deity) ... in public life.

Bruce