Thursday, July 20, 2006
The Hand of Our "Religious Origin" Scratches It's Own Holy ButtThis article states that our congress is doing what it does best once again: creating an illusion of urgency while the real urgencies are obfuscated in a cloud of hooplah. It's kind of like how we did a pre-emptive attack against Iraq because we felt certain they were going to attack. Only this time, the pre-emptive strike is against judges who might deign to ban or change the "Pledge of Allegiance" due to the words "One Nation Under God." Lots of Representatives came along to spout rhetoric that displayed their fervor to their ecstatic voters. There's only one problem. This country does not have a religious origin. The original settlers were pilgrims, to be sure. They were religious. They also burned witches and other heretics, but religious they were. The founding fathers, on the other hand, were by no means religious. If anyone wants to debate me, go for it. But they weren't. They were as sceptical of religion as I am. They wanted to guarantee individuals to worship freely as I do, but they did not want the government to represent--in any fashion--a religious motive. We are becoming like our enemy. We have scoffed at them for holding the Quran so dearly, and felt amused at their silly superstitions. But now our House of Representatives actually spends our tax dollars wasting time on a bill that would prevent judges from taking the words "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. This places symbolism over substance. We are no better than the Islamic village who will stone a man for making ice.