If you think that there is no war between the religious and everyone else, you have not been following American politics very closely in this election season.
The antagonists are none other than those who claim to be the innocent victims of this “war;” those of the Christian conservative movement. Not all, but a small but very vocal minority who seem to be telling everyone else, “We are being threatened by those godless atheists and Muslims and we are defenseless.”
Those words, however, have a caveat – “We’re right and you’re wrong. Remember that and you will be saved from eternal damnation and our temporal wrath.”
One can go back to the beginning of the Christian era when all non-Roman religious groups were persecuted. This included Jews, Christians and other religions of the Palestine. Like the Holocaust was not limited to the six-million Jews but included another six-million that the NAZI party deemed subhuman, the new Christians were not alone being persecuted, tortured or killed because of their beliefs in the 2 century, C.E.
Fast forward to the new nation of the United States and the mid-term elections of 1798. It was here that both the two party system was born and negative advertising in was first used in American politics. By the election of 1800, the two-party system was established and the religiosity of both Adams and Jefferson was deeply questioned.
Partisan newspapers, much like today’s FoxNews and MSNBC, supported their candidates with often misleading or incorrect information. Some even lied! (Unbelievable.)
Each would speculate on the opposed candidate’s ability to govern based on their religion alone. It was this speculation and lies concerning Adam’s “Christian beliefs” and that “atheist” Jefferson that was meant for the ears and eyes of the constituents.
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