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Not since 9-11 has the United States witnessed such callous demigods hellbent on destroying individual liberty as currently being showcased in the Republican primaries. Decades ago David Korten wrote that “when fascism arrives in America, it will be carrying a Bible and waving a flag.”

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Although it is clear that day is now, many are still blinded by influence peddlers, carefully researched PR spin, and a continuous loop of advertising appealing to fears, insecurities, and prejudice funded by big money special interests.

Rick Santorum was the first candidate to allege there was a “war against the Catholic Church” indeed “all Christianity” because President Obama’s national health laws provided birth control options for women who wanted them-even at Catholic hospitals.

This right wing attack became so popular that a trio emerged with Romney and Gingrich rushing to be in the choir acting as if such hospitals were de facto churches and houses of worship. This is the same group that favors victims of rape and incest being forced to carry fetuses to term because of their religious beliefs regardless of what the victim may or may not believe.

This same group of holy rolling hypocrites who would force an entire nation to succumb to their religious beliefs as a matter of secular law while at the same time favor creating conflicts with Islamic nations that have put into practice the exact same thing they want to do in this country.

Their interpretation of “freedom of religion” is freedom for only their beliefs. To date they have been successful in dividing the nation with their false brand of patriotism and Christianity. As they have become more extreme and bold, people (as myself) are finding it necessary to speak out against them.

Even Ron Paul acknowledges these extreme positions have been a horrible assault on individual personal liberty that was accelerated during the Bush administration and every time Republicans have control of the American government through starting undeclared wars, creating legislation such as the Patriot Act, voiding the 4th Amendment, the REAL ID Act, allowing domestic surveillance, and legalizing government and big corporation private land grabs through eminent domain laws.

Their all or nothing, “God is with only us” position is not new. Catholics and Muslims have a long history together that neither want to forget dating back to the First Crusade (1096-1099). The last crusade (#9, which does not include the Children’s Crusade of 1212) ended in 1272.

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The Inquisition punished those that were “unbelievers” or did not believe appropriately. Pope Gregory IX , the Dick Cheney of the 13th Century, instructed the Dominican Order to use torture on the enemies of the church. There were four Inquisition periods to get people’s minds right: the Medieval Inquisition, 1231-16th Century; the Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1834; the Portuguese Inquisition, 1536-1821; and the Roman Inquisition 1542-1860.

By use of religious law, based upon the belief systems of the time period, Copernicus (1473-1543) was harassed by religious authorities because he believed the sun was the center of the universe. He died before action could be taken against him, but such was not the case with Galileo (1564-1642) who was convicted of heresy and suffered house arrest until he died (he was too popular to be put to death).

Nostradamus (1503-1566) wrote in fear of the religious police but was also popular. Ordinary people such as Priest Giordano Bruno were not so lucky. Bruno, a scholar of his time, believed the universe was infinite with populated planets in other solar systems. Bruno was burned at the stake in 1600.

Today the Republican candidates for president want to burn us at the stake because, like Copernicus, Galileo, and Father Bruno, we are not capable of understanding God’s plan and we must submit to our ecclesiastical masters who will determine what is good for us and what rights and liberties we need.

Romney does not get a “pass” either. We should not forget that the Carter Administration was considering terminating all federal grants and research monies to colleges and universities, like BYU, that did not comply with Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Ironically, before that determination was made, on 30 September 1978 the Mormon Church, for the first time recognized individuals of color to be ‘people’; as such, no federal funds were lost. Some would say this was a convenient change of policy.

Just like Jesus stood up to the Pharisees and Sadducees without fear of death and with conviction, so should we stand up to any person that comes to us in the name of (the only true) religion and attempts to convert their religious beliefs into secular laws that apply to everyone.

We need only to look at the example set for us by Haley Barbour, a former Republican presidential hopeful, a “Christian,” chairman of the Republican National Committee (1993-1997), 63rd Governor of Mississippi, chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association (2009) -- on his last day of office in defiance of previous court decisions and the will of the people, Barbour pardoned, granted clemency, or early release to 203 convicted felons including 19 murderers, assorted rapists and others who committed violent acts against the people of Mississippi.

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Be concerned. Be very concerned. Fascism is here carrying a Bible and waving a flag. Don’t be deceived.

James Rhodes