The Christian right has tried for years to convince everyone that this is a Christian nation. The ultimate purpose was to promote religious doctrine through the power of the federal government. Screw the state by state efforts. In the continuing effort to project the illusion big government control of religion is "religious freedom," I found the following article amazing:
Christians World View’s Chuck Colson wrote this about recent feature:
From General Motors to health care. From bank bailouts to national anti-obesity campaigns. Government is becoming more and more involved of every aspect of American life. T.M. Moore has written for us a fantastic study called “Kudzu Government: The Lust for Autonomy and the Roots of Statism.”Check out the following bizarre statement. (By the way, Nazism did not silence the church, but created a state church to gain unlimited power by speaking through it.)
The statist worldview is particularly dangerous to religion. So statist regimes either silence religion altogether (a la Communism and Nazism), or, just as insidiously, co-opt religion to use as a tool for government power and policy.
If anyone is using religion for its own political purpose, it’s been the Republican Party. The religious right has been co-opted for decades by right wingers over wedge issues ranging from abortion to defining marriage. But oddly, in their world view, liberal religious neutrality is the tool to empower government.
Colson even lists the religious wedge issues used by the right. This amazing paragraph promotes a government mandated religious doctrine rife with employment discrimination and conscience clauses that allows the medical community to ban drugs and treatments based on religious belief.
Look at the situation in America today. I’ve talked many times about the threat of abortion and gay marriage to religious freedom. Revoking non-profit status, laws about anti-discrimination in employment, revoking medical or pharmaceutical licenses—these are all “soft” ways that government can seek to force religious individuals and institutions into conforming to government policies.
For Colson, religion needs the force and advocacy of big government, under the guise of religious freedom.