So, you always thought that freedom of religion in the US means freedom of any religion and even freedom from religion if you so choose? Well, think again according to Katherine Harris - the Floridian who ruled in Bush's favor in the 2000 election fiasco. Ms. Harris you may recall, was the red lipstick smeared motormouth who so blatantly supported Bush while assuring everyone she was merely doing her job as the then Florida Secretary of State.
Ms. Harris, now a Florida Representative to Congress (R-Fla.), and a candidate in the Sept. 5 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, said her religious beliefs "animate" everything she does, including her votes in Congress.
She said this week that God did not intend for the United States to be a "nation of secular laws" and that the separation of church and state is a "lie we have been told" to keep religious people out of politics. "If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," Harris told interviewers from the Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention. She cited abortion and same-sex marriage as examples of that sin.
But like other Far Right Wing nut cases running for office recently, Harris is seriously down in the polls. Two entire campaign staffs have resigned en mass in the past few months and her poll numbers are running well under 20% approval.
Many in her own party in fact have indicated they may vote for her Democratic opposition.
Seems our country - even in Florida - is finally waking up.