Like I said in a comment here, I have no idea how an M.D. could possibly say something this jaw droppingly stupid:
“We have two competing world views here and there is no way that we can reach across the aisle — one is going to have to win,” Fleming said. “We are either going to go down the socialist road and become like western Europe and create, I guess really a godless society, an atheist society. Or we’re going to continue down the other pathway where we believe in freedom of speech, individual liberties and that we remain a Christian nation. So we’re going to have to win that battle, we’re going to have to solve that argument before we can once again reach across and work together on things.”
Hmmm, o.k. Where to start?
To make it easy, let’s grant the mindlessly simplistic assertion that all of western Europe and all of Fleming’s political opponents are godless atheists. Probably some are, probably some aren’t, but it doesn’t matter.
Let’s also grant the patently absurd assumption that it would be some kind of problem if we had a secular society. I have no reason to think atheists as a group are any better or worse people than Christians as a group. Are there jerks in both camps? Sure. Are there great people in both? Sure. Are the percentages the same? My experience tells me yes. Again, though, let’s assume all atheists drown baby ducks for fun. Again, it doesn’t matter.
Why does it not matter if our country is about to be overrun by baby-eating atheists? Because, as John Fleming – who in the same paragraph professes to love individual liberties – ought to know, our government is a secular government. Read the Constitution some time; you’ll find nothing Christian or even religious in it, other than prohibitions on entanglements between church and state. Yes, no doubt most people in this country are at least nominal Christians, but the government is absolutely prohibited from doing anything at all to encourage or discourage that fact. Whether most people in this country are Christians, Muslims, Jews or atheists is simply not the business of the federal (or any state) government. Period.
Again, a guy who says he wants to champion individual liberty ought to know that. If Dr. Fleming wants to make sure this is a Christian Nation, he can go to seminary and get a job as a preacher. If he really thinks the problems in this country are caused by people who do things other than go to church on Sunday, he can donate his own time and his own money to evangelism. What he can’t do, what the Constitution he supposedly honors prohibits him from doing, is use any power of the state to bring people to Christianity.
That’s a simple distinction. That it eludes the average mush minded person who would vote for Fleming is unsurprising. That he encourages that kind of ignorance is shameful.