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.