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Immigration–not a new problem

Since the Native Americans were here long before anyone else, it is safe to say that we are ALL immigrants or descendants of immigrants.   The Puritans and the Pilgrims were of English descent, the French, more English and Scots, Irish, the Spaniards, Germans, Moravians, …ALL settled North America at one time or another.  And all had problems with each other, didn’t they?   When we consider how many bloodbaths our sacred soil has sopped up over “us” versus “them” tragedies,  why is it we react as though this is the first time it has ever happened?  Perhaps it is because we are all of different generations?  I’ve seen many immigrants from many countries since World War II and worked alongside some.  They cherished their citizenship…stood in line and met all the criteria to be a citizen.  They did better on the history and memory tests than most natural-born citizens!

One thing that has been a factor in all these new folks is their religion.  Dating from the Puritans and Pilgrims landings, religion has been one of the major reasons for leaving the Old World and seeking a better place in which to worship, or, equally important, NOT to worship.   Coercion in a theocracy is a very good reason to flee, if possible to flee.  To be forced to worship an entity or a deity for which one has no yearning or fondness or respect for is forbidden under the U.S. Constitution– The First Amendment to be specific.  If you haven’t read the First Amendment, please do this!

Every immigrant group brought their own religion: Anabaptists, Anglicans, Catholics, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Greek Orthodox, Jews, Methodists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Universalists, United Brethren and more.  The Chinese brought their own ways of worshipping…Shinto, Confucianism, Taoism…and eventually the Buddhists came, too.  Now we see more Moslims or Muslims.  AND ALL are guaranteed the right to worship as they choose.  ALL.    And more: Scientologists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), Seventh Day Adventists…United Church of Christ…check the phone books for more names!  ALL are guaranteed.

Free-thinkers like Humanists are also guaranteed the right to their philosophy.   Atheists? Yes!  Non-theists? Yes.  And we want to keep it this way.  So when I hear someone say that their religion or philosophy is the correct way or the TRUTH…I refer them to the U.S. Constitution, the First Amendment.  I’ve had a person or two challenge me on my choice of spiritual path.  I tell them that they have no right to tell me I am wrong and that they are right. And I have no right either to say they are wrong and I am right.

The immigration problem as we know it today is very big.  But it is not too big for all of us to handle if we will keep cool heads and talk to each other in our own districts and states.  As I say every post…get involved.  Together we can solve these multitude of issues.  Hate-spewers and name-callers and those who prey on other’ fears have no business here. All they are doing is putting money in their own pockets and taking it from you!   Call them out!  Stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Finally–let’s get religion OUT of politics…Article Six of the Constitution says this:  “…; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”  PERIOD!  And that means we don’t need to know if the president of the United States is of ANY religion.  There are enough checks and balances built into the system to not have to be concerned about what spiritual path the president chooses to follow or not to follow.  We are a secular government, not a theocracy.  Let’s keep it that way.

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