did kathy hochul just declare a state religion?
because you do not want to see the final form of the "state that claims to know the will of god" evolution
we start here as governor “never elected” proves once more that those who least earn the big chair are often the ones that feel most entitled to abuse its power once seated.
first we hear this:
“the vaccines are from god.”
“there are people out there not listening to what god wants. and you know who they are.”
“i need you to be my apostles.”
leaving aside the horrifying idea of governors with apostles spreading the good word because they know precisely who is not following “god’s plan” (which always works out super well) we then lurch into this:
“no religious exemptions” because “the leaders of all the world’s religions have said there is no legitimate reason.”
um, now call me a “catbox lawyer”, but i’m pretty sure this is not how the separation of church and state is supposed to work.
note that use of that little word “ALL.” “the leaders of ALL the world’s religions.”
all of them?
because i do not believe you.
who for example, is the leader of world judaism and speaks for every last jew?
how about the global quaker pope?
or perhaps the archbishop of buddhism or shinto or zoroastrianism?
who precisely spoke as “the leader of all muslims on earth” here?
who spoke for all protestants and evangelists and baptists?
this claim is farce.
what she’s describing is not even possible, much less plausible.
and that is a simple, undeniable truth.
she’s taking the religion of a select few and using it to deny rights to others.
what are we to call that if not a “state religion”?
this violates every fundamental tenet of american religious freedom. it invokes the idea that Herself, the anointed governor of zero votes, knows not just the will of her god, but ALL gods and speaks in one voice about what they permit and approve of.
she and her “disciples” are to lead the benighted apostates to reason and bring them back into the light. back into the fold.
the idea of religion as a personal practice or as a covenant between the individual and their god free from “organized leaders” never even occurs to her.
she invalidates the whole idea through specious and self-referential argument.
she dismisses the concept of individual conscience and relationship with the divine entirely.
and that is the antithesis of religious freedom and the commencement of religious persecution.
at least she didn’t go so far as to “other” and vilify the unbelievers. oh, wait, that’s EXACTLY what she did.
i am not a religious gato. my objections to vaccine mandates lie elsewhere in the roots of liberty, personal agency, and an inalienable right to self determination and bodily integrity.
but i do have some religious friends and their relationship with their own spirituality, the still, small voice of their morality, and their connection to whatever higher power they choose is their own business.
it’s none of the state’s.
such interference is unconstitutional, immoral, and outright dangerous.
when the state starts claiming it knows the will of god, don’t walk. RUN.
there is a reason our founders were so incredibly clear on this topic.
you do NOT want a hands on reminder of what it was.
thus endeth the sermon.
go forth in implacable peace and hopefully in wisdom.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “religious beliefs include theistic beliefs (i.e. those that include a belief in God) as well as non-theistic moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views.” One need not belong to any church or organized religion. Atheists can and do obtain religious exemptions.
This whole thing is just getting weird now. Between Biden's bizarre top up performance, and this “vaccines are from God” performance, to the way vaccines are now objects of ritualized orgiastic performance art among good “progressives” everywhere. I had the misfortune of bumping into two colleagues who I have not seen for 18 months today, both good Biden democrats (they are academics after all) talking excitedly about getting their boosts by hook or by crook. One is a very healthy 50 year old marathon runner whose husband (a good Hollywood progressive) is pressuring her to get boosted before she flies to run in London next week (apparently they are allowing that now). She was hesitant because all of the poor sods in the developing world have not had theirs yet. My only thought was … forget the poor Nigerians, having a heart attack in the middle of your run will sure put a damper on things and is more likely. People, even smart ones, really believe that the forever booster jabs program is a magical illness protector program. They have no idea what it does or how it works, or for that matter the risks of taking the injection every few months.