Schlafly Praises Russia’s ‘Religious Freedom’


Like many on the Christian right, Phyllis Schlafly thinks Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is a hero who is turning Russia into a Christian paradise. But she thinks his increasingly theocratic policies have made Russia a haven for “religious freedom.”

It certainly was a shock when the president of Russia lectured Americans that we are “becoming godless.” In his last “state of the nation” speech, Vladimir Putin told Russia that the United States was moving away from Christian values. Back in the 1980’s, Ronald Reagan was making similar comments about Russia!

So is the United States still one nation under God? In a recent article, Dr. Ben Carson says yes. Americans still live in a culture that operates under many of Christianity’s basic assumptions about life. But with increasing numbers of Americans becoming reluctant to mention God in public, we are in danger of forgetting our roots and discarding our rights. The liberals are trying to use the 1st Amendment as a weapon to silence religious speech. But to whom is the 1st Amendment directed? It says “Congress shall make no law.” The 1st Amendment binds the hands of Congress: it doesn’t restrict the rest of us…

So if Russians are warming up to religious freedom just as Americans are rejecting it, what does this mean for the United States? It’s clear that the atheists are trying to censor all mention of religion out of every public place and event. If we do nothing, if we allow the atheists to eliminate God from our culture, we will be rejecting the principles that made our nation so great. But if we embrace our heritage, the principles that launched America will guide us strong into the future.

In the world that Schlafly and Putin want, “religious freedom” means passing harsh blasphemy laws and putting people in prison for daring to offend Christians. It also means, in Russia, shutting down Protestant Christian churches in favor of the Russian Orthodox Church. This is hardly a surprise. The Christian right’s idea of religious freedom is the freedom to impose their religion on everyone else. This is not religious freedom, it’s theocratic dictatorship.

Comments

  1. infraredeyes says

    Puts a whole new spin on “Why don’t you just go live in Russia?”, somehow.

  2. says

    Well it is freedom. Freedom to hate, imprison and kill whoever you disagree with.

    “Freedom”. You keep using that word…

  3. Sastra says

    It’s clear that the atheists are trying to censor all mention of religion out of every public place and event.

    Damn I hate this. It’s not clear at all. Give me one example of “atheists” using the law to prevent private citizens mentioning religion out in public. The objection is to the government forum.

    Of course, we’d like people to just naturally think their way out of religion, but that hardly entails draconian legal measures on our part. They aren’t needed.

    You, on the other hand …

  4. Taz says

    Back when the communists were using official atheism as a tool of government control we reacted by adopting “In God We Trust” as our national motto. Now that the Russians are using orthodox Christianity in the same way, I suggest we change our motto to “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Gods”. Or maybe Ed’s phrase: “Fuck you, and your little god too”.

  5. moarscienceplz says

    Schlafly needs to live in Russia for a year to see just how well her “religious freedom” would be protected by Putin.

  6. says

    This is not religious freedom, it’s theocratic dictatorship.

    Lies! It’s theofreematic democratatorship!

     
    Sastra “Give me one example of “atheists” using the law to prevent private citizens mentioning religion out in public.”
    Well, I cut my thumb tending my bushes, shouted “Jesus”, and my neighbor reported me. Obama’s jack-booted thugs from the DEA (“Democratic” Enforcement of Athiesm) hauled me into a show trial where they tried to force me, on pain of being sent to a FEMA (Federal “Emergency” Muslin Athiesm) camp, to denounce Our Lord and Savior.

  7. John Pieret says

    But Modus! If Phyllis has her way, you would have been hauled in by the ATF (Against Talking Foully) for blasphemy. Shouting out J*s*s’ name in vain just because you cut your thumb is a sin crime!

  8. cptdoom says

    If atheists “are trying to censor all mention of religion out of every public place and event,” why is it that every Sunday morning my TV machine is full of idiots spewing different permutations of “Christianity”? We must be doing a pretty poor job of repression if Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer can still bloviate at will.

  9. says

    cptdoom “If atheists “are trying to censor all mention of religion out of every public place and event,” why is it that every Sunday morning my TV machine is full of idiots spewing different permutations of “Christianity”? We must be doing a pretty poor job of repression if Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer can still bloviate at will.”
    Sure, but Obama’s FCC and its “Fairness” Doctrine mean that Free Market TV stations have to put on shows to “counterbalance” Our Lord and Savior. Why do you think Cosmos and Sesame Street are on? And did you know that “sesame” is a Muslin word?

  10. says

    What a surprise. When a Theocracy is created the government gets to choose which religion of Christianity is allowed. Give them an inch and we might be back to the middle ages by November. Fun for the whole family including acts like the “Spanish Inquisition, public burning of witches, and let’s not forget everyone’s favorite, The Crusades.” Uganda or Russia? Take your pick. Martin Luther would be proud.

  11. chrisdevries says

    I don’t get it. Is this woman stupid or just dishonest? There are at least a dozen major Christian sects operating within the USA and hundreds of minor ones. How can Schafly be certain that the government will pick her denomination when it defies the 1st Amendment? Chances are she’ll be amongst the persecuted. In fact, a sizable majority of Americans will be persecuted under such a law because even the largest Christian denomination only counts 1 in 5 Americans as members.

    The 1st Amendment was a radical idea at the time, but every American alive today (and millions of people in other countries which included similar statements in their own Constitutions) takes advantage of its protections. I don’t understand why anyone would want to exempt certain groups of people with ideas they don’t like from the protection of the 1st Amendment, while maintaining their own freedoms. Do they truly believe that equality is a bad idea, that they should be the arbiters of what you’re allowed to do and say? What makes them so special?

  12. caseloweraz says

    Sure as shootin’, here comes Putin.
    Dissent he’s mutin’, freedom dilutin’.
    His lust for power there’s no disputin’.
    Why are some in the West salutin’?

  13. dingojack says

    chrisdevries – because Schafly feels the god she believes in is THE ONLY REAL GOD™, and when the theocrat’s favourite strongman comes into power TORG™ will make him* (and all Americans) bow to the glory of TORG™ on pain on death and eternal torture.
    It’s what RWNJ’s like Schafly call ‘Free Will’ and ‘god’s love’ and the like.
    Dingo
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    * A strongman who craves total power for himself, and to have others praise him 24/7, and who will do this because they love his awesomeness (and totally not that they, and their whole family, will get sent to a gulag if they don’t), and that he’ll choose the weakest to serve him so as to pose no threat to his dynasty, never would occur to RRWNJs in a million years. That’s the domain of TORG™ !!

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