The United States, a traditionally Christian nation, is today confronted with a troubling reality: the growing presence and influence of believers adhering to a foreign religious sect whose worldview and creed put them at odds with the fundamental tenets of freedom, religious toleration, and human rights on which this country is founded. Followers of this sect, many of them recent immigrants, give their fealty to a faith and form of religious leadership that arrogates to itself the trappings of a competing theocratic government. Despite members’ claims to civic loyalty, their faith’s official tenets unabashedly contend that their religious law supersedes and in fact ought to dictate the law of states and governments. The influx into the United States of members of this foreign sect thus is creating a growing pool of antipatriots in our midst. Should these antipatriots gain majority political power or influence, they would not hesitate to install the theocratic rule that their religion teaches is the norm and ideal.
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