“So, if we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion, one, one, one nation under God and one religion under God. Right? All of us together. Working together.”
These are the words of Michael Flynn spoken in an address at the ReAwaken America tour which stopped at John Hagee’s church in San Antonio, Texas the weekend of November 14-15.
“One religion” is not a surprising concept to me. Michael Flynn is not the first person I’ve heard give voice to that view. I heard it in the 70s and 80s from the Moral Majority and preachers who were sucked into that movement – I was one of them.
I heard it from myself.
I don’t talk that way anymore. I don’t think that way anymore.
History. The Constitution. My evolving understanding of Jesus. The Handmaid’s Tale (The US is not Gilead).
What religion is Flynn proposing the US should officially adopt or enforce? I think we know the answer.
Now, imagine if a Muslim or Jewish American leader made the same comment that the United States should have one faith, and that it should be Islam or Judaism. The outrage from the religious right would be deafening. But, strangely, I haven’t heard a peep of criticism from the religious right for these comments.
Here’s where I am today.
The Dalai Lama describes his religion in this way: “My religion is kindness.”
Ok, if that were the religion referred to by Flynn, that might be ok. One religion of kindness. All of us together. Working together toward kindness.
That’s golden. In fact, it’s the golden rule we’ve all learned: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Yeah, we must have that religion.