I have been accused by more than one commenter of "fearing" Christianity.
One writer who may not have mentioned me by name in this regard seems to have a "fear" of big government.
Perhaps the accusation directed towards me might better be called my "fear" of big religion.
In my companion column today I discern fear from an intellectual impression of danger so I'll let that descriptive stand as I cover what this "fearing" might be based on.
I often have mentioned how a pure democracy is civilized gangsterism. Big government can represent this to a minority if that government does not respect certain implied individual rights.
After reading of my "fear" of "church" I did a lot of introspection to see if I could analyze it's basis.
I see the same potential danger now in Big Government as I do in Big Religion since both can be a form of gangsterism that marginalizes minority thought by the power of strength in numbers.
The hallmark of fascists was a symbol of thin wooden staffs that when bound together could not be broken.
This is the same strength in numbers danger that we face from any gathering of humans whether they call themselves a church or nation.
It comes down to civil rights that in America has been delineated by the first ten amendments of the Constitution.
As far as I know there is only one organization dedicated to assisting the private citizenry in availing themselves of their civil rights.
It is interesting that "Big Religion", some conservative churches in particular, fear the ACLU as a result of that organization's representation of the Bill of Rights.
Some feel that government is too big, others feel the same about churches.
I think both miss the point that it is not the size of the organization but if it's growth is controlled or not.
© 2012 Albert 1 - 7/10/12