It’s not just the extreme make-up or her involvement in getting George W. Bush into the White House in 2000 that scare me about Katherine Harris. I’m sure you remember her from the Florida hanging chad days.
Somehow she managed to get elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida and, believe it or not, she’s now running for the U.S. Senate.
The most extreme thing about Harris is her view on government and religion. Nothwithstanding her oath to uphold the Constitution, she apparently has never read the First Amendment which states, in part, that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion … .” That’s the part of the Constitution that gives us the separation of church and state. You would think that someone who has been in government for as long as Harris would remember that tidbit from her high school civics days.
According to the Washington Post, Harris recently told a group, “God did not intend for the United States to be a nation of secular laws and that the separation of church and state is a lie we have been told to keep religious people out of politics. “
The Constitution is a lie?
“If you’re not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin,” Harris told the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention. After all, “God is the one who chooses our rulers,” says Harris. Really? When did that happen?
Can our nation really afford to have people like this be elected as our representatives to run our country? I’m sure it would make President Bush and all his ultra-conservative Christian supporters more than happy. But if we elect people with extreme views like Harris, how far down the slippery slope are we to becoming a country that looks like the ones we are currently at war with in the Middle East?
Ostensibly, we want Iraq, Iran and others to be democratic nations whose laws are not based on extreme religious beliefs. If that’s the case, then it’s time for the GOP conservatives to stop backing people like Harris. Otherwise, it’s not going to be long before the intolerance of people like Harris to those of other faiths makes its insidious way into our laws, and then how far down that slope is it to legislating and limiting our clothing options to those attractive burqhas?