DWC — Christian Nation

21F63F5B-A29E-4469-AD69-3814332E5215“So what do you wish to declare as your religion?” the customs officer said.” Here in this country, as you know, we offer freedom of religion to all citizens.”

“And what about freedom from religion?” I asked.

“What do you mean by freedom from religion?” he asked.

“I mean that I have no religion to declare,” I responded.

“Are you saying that you have no faith?” he asked, giving me a bewildered look.

“Oh no, that’s not at all what I’m saying,” I said. “I have faith, but not in religion and not in God.”

“So who do you pray to, then?”

“I don’t pray.”

“That’s blasphemous, sir,” the visibly angry officer said.

“Listen, I know I’ve been out of the country for more than a decade and that a lot has changed since then, but our forefathers fought and died so that we could exercise our right to freedom of religion, including the right not to practice any religion at all, without interference from the government,” I said. “Are you telling me that their fight for that freedom was in vain, that it means nothing anymore?”

“I’m telling you,” he said, “that after the revolution of 2023, when the Constitution II was ratified two years later, our country was declared to be a Christian Nation, and while some minor non-Christian religions are still tolerated, agnosticism and atheism are against the law and against the natural order.

I looked at him and said, “So I cannot return to my country unless I declare my religion to be Christian?”

“Yes,” he said. “The official state religion is Christianity and you are free to declare yourself to be a member any of the approved Christian sects. That is the blessing bestowed upon us by the Supreme Leader of Trumplandia, Queen Ivanka.”

Written for yesterday’s Daily Writing Challenge from Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith. The three words to use are faith, fight, and freedom. And yes, I know I’m a day late, but I had things to do, places to go, and people to see yesterday.

29 thoughts on “DWC — Christian Nation

  1. Irene November 25, 2018 / 7:06 am

    Very scary story, but Ivanka is Jewish, though.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 25, 2018 / 7:51 am

      She converted. I guess she can always revert back if that’s what it takes to ascend to the throne.


      • James Pyles November 25, 2018 / 8:52 am

        You have a very dim view of Jewish converts. More’s the pity.

        I really try to be nice about it, but there are times when I don’t feel like playing the role of the “bad guy” just because of my faith. The door swings both ways: Read Part I and Part II.

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        • Fandango November 25, 2018 / 9:22 am

          “You have a very dim view of Jewish converts. More’s the pity.” No, I have a very dim view of anyone named Trump, including Ivanka.


        • Fandango November 25, 2018 / 9:26 am

          And, FWIW, I don’t consider you, or anyone else who is a person of faith, to be a “bad guy.” I only consider to be bad guys those who try to impose their faith upon others, or who place the Bible above the Constitution because they believe the U.S. is a Christian nation.


          • Marleen December 1, 2018 / 8:16 pm

            I just remembered I’ve written two pieces (rather than one piece) of flash fiction in response to your prompts and shared questions [your own questions or questions from others]. In one of them, I had a daughter of Trump change her name, which she was doing for a purpose to gain position. It could have been either daughter; they just have the stench of corruption for being in his life and following his lead (really all of his kids do, except we could give the youngest the benefit of the doubt — while his mother doesn’t engender a bright outlook for him when she backs stupid things her husband says). I went with Tiffany because most people forget about her. The only hope for Ivanka is if she’s an inside informer (double agent sort of person). Fiction?

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  2. Melanie B Cee November 25, 2018 / 7:58 am

    And figs to thaw… 😉 Wonderful story…chilling as hell, but wonderful. On that day, the day of the Trumplandia (which could be realized, you know this)…I hope I can find that source of arsenic or cyanide. Because I’d rather die. And members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints aren’t ‘christian’ either (despite the obvious name IN the darn handle). Just ask any good upstanding bible belt practitioner. I wonder if they’ll round up the non-believers (any religion that isn’t Christian) and throw us in those camps, like we did to the Japanese in WWII…… as I said. Chilling.

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  3. theresaly520 November 25, 2018 / 8:07 am

    What a dystopian beginning to a tale..Last night my roommate shared with me the horror stories of something like that happening! Concentration camps and such…the horror!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Marleen November 25, 2018 / 8:42 am

    A lot of Trump’s followers do look forward to a constitutional convention. The dude I was talking to the day before Thanksgiving dropped that into the conversation too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 25, 2018 / 9:19 am

      Yeah, and they’re getting too close to being able to convene one.


      • Christine Bolton November 25, 2018 / 11:16 am

        Yes! Although it is scary that the republican party just stands by and let’s this nonsense persist. I just hope the house starts tying Trump up in knots so he can’t do anything for the next two years.

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  5. JT Twissel November 25, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Yikes! I just got into a debate with someone who argues that if God was allowed in schools that there’d be no violence in the classrooms and I said, but God is allowed in churches.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. theceaselessreaderwrites November 26, 2018 / 8:38 am

    Fandango, if the events, or even similar ones, depicted in this story ever come to pass, I’m holding you personally responsible and subjecting you to suitable punishment, even if I have to exhume your corpse or reconstitute your ashes if that was your burial preference.

    Scary story!

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    • Fandango November 26, 2018 / 11:10 am

      Scary, yes, and not too far outside the realm of possibility, the way things are going.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Marleen November 26, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Republican … Mike Lee Delivers Silly Plan
    To Wipe Out Leftists
    The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder

    There are right wingers who are
    planning to ruin our country,
    and they’re somehow clever enough
    to get followers to believe it isn’t they doing the ruining.

    For instance, another blogger I have regularly read started bringing up
    the idea of a civil war. This came from like who knows where, but he latched on.
    And he certainly, because he blames “the left” for everything, faulted “the left.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 26, 2018 / 11:21 am

      I worry about a potential civil war, too. But coming from the right in the event Trump gets ousted from office due to obstruction/collusion.


      • Marleen November 26, 2018 / 3:18 pm

        I’m concerned, too. Some of them are warning us (more and less indirectly).

        Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango December 1, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      And, hopefully, it will remain a fiction.


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