Thursday, January 04, 2007

I take it back -- Christianism is a threat..

I mean, if they can get a letter to the editor containing religious bigotry printed in the Charlottesville Daily Progress, can anyone deny the threat any longer?

Can mandatory church attendance for all Americans be far behind?

5 comments:

TenaciousK said...

The problem is, freedom of religion is too-often confused with the right to perpetuate bigotry and prejudice. If Christians would focus primarily on New Testament philosophical tenets (judge not, help each other, be kind, be good to children etc.), then I guarantee objections to candidates based on their religion would evaporate.

This isn't a problem unique to Christians, of course - any belief system can be used as a vehicle for oppression. Nice to see acknowledgement from a Christian, however, that despite repeated scriptural prohibitions, it's a problem in that community too.

twiffer said...

as long as we don't revert to the days of not selling beer in the ballpark on sunday, then we're okay.

MsZilla said...

A friend of mine has a bumper sticker that reads, "Dear God. Please protect me from your followers. Amen"

Thank God that sort of asshat is far fewer than the amount of noise they generate would suggest.

And I almost wish I lived in Virgina just so I could vote for Ellison. He seems like a guy who has a good head on his shoulders. Around here we get tree-hugging freaks or Oral Roberts look-alikes. Not fond of either end of the spectrum.

Elbo Ruum said...

While your statements are tongue-in-cheek, as any jackhole with a pen, a computer, or other means of written communication can get whatever stupid view they have printed (I mean, look at me, I'm BLOGGING for chrissake, and I know I'm a jackhole with generally stupid views), what I find most worrisome is the continued fomentation of the ignorance that inspired that letter.

Practice of religion and worship, in whatever form it takes, is guaranteed by the Constitution. Our government, in order to respect this, has within it proscriptions against adopting a state sponsored religion. Asking someone to lay their hand on a Bible, specifically, to affirm an oath is only respectful of that separational mandate if and only if that person happens to be Christian. Asking a Christian to swear an oath on the Qur'an would never be tolerated, yet that's exactly what this jizzmop proposes, only from the standpoint of the reverse.

Elbo Ruum said...

While your statements are tongue-in-cheek, as any jackhole with a pen, a computer, or other means of written communication can get whatever stupid view they have printed (I mean, look at me, I'm BLOGGING for chrissake, and I know I'm a jackhole with generally stupid views), what I find most worrisome is the continued fomentation of the ignorance that inspired that letter.

Practice of religion and worship, in whatever form it takes, is guaranteed by the Constitution. Our government, in order to respect this, has within it proscriptions against adopting a state sponsored religion. Asking someone to lay their hand on a Bible, specifically, to affirm an oath is only respectful of that separational mandate if and only if that person happens to be Christian. Asking a Christian to swear an oath on the Qur'an would never be tolerated, yet that's exactly what this jizzmop proposes, only from the standpoint of the reverse.