Leave it to Commissioner Rothschild to use Ben Carson's quip concerning his reservations about having a future Muslim President to support one of his favorite conspiracy theories of Obama being a closet Muslim. Pardon the pun, but it sounds a little like "the pot calling the kettle black," as Rothschild's intolerant fundamentalist Christian views often stoke the same fear in mainstream Americans that the most dangerous radical Islamists do.

Let's talk about the similarities, shall we. Rothschild opines that America's laws are based on Judeo-Christian values, values he offers that are exclusive to his God. These would be values that led to our Commissioners holding sectarian prayers and celebrating a Christian government employee denying legally approved marriage rights to gays and lesbians on religious principles. It's the support for the Freedom Caucus ousting the Speaker of the House, shutting down our government and defaulting on the debt, if Planned Parenthood isn't defunded.

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Despite all the evidence to the contrary, it's the steadfast belief among Rothschild and his cronies at the Institute on the Constitution, that the Constitution was inspired by Christian beliefs and that our Founding Fathers intended for there to be no separation between church and state. Sounds pretty much like Sharia to me, just with the Bible instead of the Koran.

So how about the impact? Is causing a financial meltdown or potentially bringing about another recession any less catastrophic than a terrorist attack? Ted Cruz has already led the shutdown of the government once, leading to huge disruptions in our economy. He's also advocated for elections of Supreme Court justices, just because of their rulings on the ACA and DOMA. Mike Huckabee has said all atheists that work for the government should be summarily fired, which sounds like a religious litmus test to me. These aren't just two local religious nuts holding county council or commissioner offices, they are legitimate national candidates for President, who have raised millions to support their candidacies in open defiance of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Look, I fear terrorists just as much as anyone, but lest we feel secure in our approach to fundamentalist Islamists and to our keeping the threat overseas, we need to recognize that the threat of intolerant fundamentalist Christian views can be very dangerous too, sadly however, it is right here among us.

Ross Dangel

Eldersburg

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