- I believe there should be no Ten Commandments on courthouse squares or behind judges' benches and there should be no Bible to swear on before a jury.
- The Church should not be authorized by the State to perform legally binding marriage rites.
- Stores should not decorate for Christmas.
But once people learn my conservative beliefs behind my leftist opinions, they get a clearer picture.
- I am a Christian. At some point there may be a Hindu or Muslim or Wiccan judge who wants to post some of their religious writings behind the bench. I don't want to see that in a courtroom or on the courthouse square. I don't want to have to swear on some Wiccan book before a jury. To prevent that from happening, no one should be allowed to have anything.
- Too many churches are already performing same-sex ceremonies. In wanting to welcome all of God's children, these churches are ignoring the Biblical purpose of marriage. There should be two marriage ceremonies, the legal one performed by the State and the religious one performed by the Church. Those who want only the legally binding contract of a marriage certificate would see a probate judge or his representative. Those who want to live in the Biblically-sanctioned institution of marriage would also have a marriage rite in the Church.
- Christmas is religious holy day, not a time to make money for stores. As a Christian, I don't celebrate Hanukkah or Passover (although I have been invited to Seders and Shabbat dinners). Seeing non-Christians, or worse former Christians who now claim to be atheists, decorating a tree and going carolling doesn't celebrate Jesus's birth. Why not only sell Christmas trees at churches on Sundays (or Saturday evenings if there's a service then) to parishioners? You want to celebrate Christmas? Go to church!
I don't believe we can legislate or force our religious views and morality onto others. We tried that once. It didn't work. (See the 18th and 21st Amendments to the Constitution.) As much as we may dislike being a melting pot of religions and races and beliefs, having a majority Christian population (for now) should not give us license to inflict our beliefs on minority populations (who might become majority populations in the future and want to inflict their beliefs on us).
According to a paraphrase of Winston Churchill, I am Russia. I am a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. However, with that quote, now everyone will be seeing red and calling me a Pinko Socialist Commie rather than seeing all of my shades of grey.