I’m an Atheist, but I like most Theists. Really, I do. Admittedly I don’t agree with them, but I’m also strongly for the idea of to each his own. But, sometimes some of them can be real pains in the tuckus.
Poobah Self Disclosure: I’m an atheist. You may be a Christian…not that there’s anything wrong with that.
America is an unhappy place these days. Opposing forces not only bludgeon each other bloody, but as Mitch McConnell recently announced, they make it a political priority to wipe out their opposition like Genghis Kahn scorching the earth of the steppes. Nowhere is this fighting as pointless and picayunish as in the Secular v. Non Secular Death Cage Match.
As a rule of thumb Republicans are the logical home of the stupidly religiously zealous. Folks like the Family Research Council, Glenn Beck, and loopy Michele Bachmann trumpet vuvuzela the superiority of the God-ed while practicing the most shockingly unchristian behavior against the ungod-ed. Even their captive audience of soft-headed, opportunistic political drones have trouble with them – especially when they stop donating money and votes.
The religious zealots have a huge David and Goliath thing going on. “Dear God, give me a slingshot and guide mine rock into the eye of my Godless oppressors, the libruls.”
But fundamentalists have no lock on the asshat zealot market. Stop by a Jesus Freakery and read the comments. Go to a Atheisterie and the words seem plagiarized from the same source, “You’re a know-nothing asshole who’s a traitor intent on wiping out what crumbs of democracy we still have left.”
And one more similarity. Almost all the over the top bloviation mentions how much anyone who disagrees is some sort of hate-filled, brainless zot – as though we’re all Little Georgie Shrubs.
Most Christians are reasonably sane and the same goes for the secular crowd. All the reasonable ask is a bit of wiggle room because they’re entitled to it. They want to go to church (or not), put up the occasional Christmas Holiday tree (or not), and be safe from the incessant yawping of people who would staple the 10 commandments to everyone’s forehead or consign religious gatherings to a dank cellar with the lights turned out – sort of an ecumenical Gitmo.
But out there on the dark edge of Firebase Freedom lurk nuts to the left of us and nuts to the right of us, as unreasonably pissed about the, “In God We Trust” motto as they are by the, “Christians über alles and the hell with anyone else” brigade.
The balance between freedom of religion and freedom from religion is delicate and a very narrow gap. One person’s “absolute” freedom is another’s horrible shackle.
As with all Constitutional rights, we don’t get to vote on them or change them at will to suit our fancy. However, there’s nothing wrong with a legitimate argument about where the line lays. But, meanness for the sake of meanness is meaningless, rude, and counter-productive.
So everyone, let’s kiss and make up so we can go back to something important, like hating Congress and the President.
You know, something useful.
- FYI – Religious Freedom In Indonesia. (jwitness.wordpress.com)
- U.S. claims restrictions on religious freedom in Azerbaijan. (jwitness.wordpress.com)
- Is ‘Freedom of Religion’ Necessary? (friendlyatheist.com)
- Do atheist activists poison everything? (barefootbum.blogspot.com)
- The Future of Secular Humanism (superscholar.org)
- The Forgotten “Social Issue” (thecynicalchristian.blogspot.com)
- Middle East Christians are told to embrace secularist drive | Austen Ivereigh (guardian.co.uk)
- -What’s the Difference: ‘Freedom of Religion’ vs. ‘Freedom of Worship’ (answersforthefaith.com)
- I Get Email (spaninquis.wordpress.com)
- The Secular Donation Box (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- Religion: A Peril for Jews: Secularism (time.com)
- Who persecutes believers? Other believers (liberalconspiracy.org)
- Landmarks in the Critical Study of Secularism (3quarksdaily.com)
- Rick Santorum: DADT is Part of a Secularist Plot to Push Religion Out of the Public Square (crooksandliars.com)
- Spiritual Life of an Atheist: Values Matter, Not Belief – Lessons From A Second Viewing of Avatar (sannejohnson.wordpress.com)
- Call to ban school assemblies by secularists who claim ‘Christian character’ infringes children’s human rights (dailymail.co.uk)
One of the few bright spots – perhaps the only bright spot – since the Presidential elections is the absence of the annual calls for an anti-flag burning amendment or the “if you don’t wear a flag pin you’re the Anti-Christ” movement. Of course, we still have the War on Christmas, but even Bill O’Reilly’s heart doesn’t seem to be in it this year.
But take heart America, there’s always one loon with Orly Taitzian persistence who’ll never give up on the inane…Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Dumbassasota).
Big surprise, huh?
Dear God, Who Aren’t in Speeches…
This time her special crusade is that Obama doesn’t say God enough – an ‘issue’ so spectacularly stupid, even John Boehner can see it. And to compound the asshattery, her Christian sensibilities were offended by a speech in which Obama actually used the word God – four times by my count.
Bachmann and some in the Congressional Prayer Caucus wrote a letter (.pdf file) to The Messiah™ objecting to his incorrect citing of the phrase, E pluribus unum as our national motto. Nay, nay they say, tis really In God We Trust, as if God’s name isn’t already invoked enough for the American Taliban.
Of course, they are correct. Their Christian forebearers, in 1955, parted a sea of people who didn’t give a whit to officialize the motto and print it on money because, well, religion and money go together like stink and sh*t.
So OK, the O-Man – or more precisely his speechwriters – don’t know their ass from their motto. If Bachmann wants to criticize that, so be it, she IS correct. But isn’t Obama a bit distracted by a country going down the tubes like a hairball in a freshly plunged toilet? Shouldn’t Bachmann be just a tad worried about such things too.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Earmarklessness
Of course, there are better things for Bachmann, the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and President Careless Bear to do. For example, Bachmann’s crusade against earmarks. Apparently not aware of it herself, some people actually listened to her for once and went along. The problem was – oops – that meant she wouldn’t get any earmarks either. So, she’s decided to “redefine earmarks” in much the same way Christians redefined the national motto as In God We Trust.
Oddly, I’m actually heartened by this news. It only confirms just how goobulent she and her followers are and provides a nice comedic respite from The Party of Hell No and The Party of Pusillanimous Pussies. Clearly, Jay Leno has a thing or two to learn about writing a good comedy monologue.
Michelle, expect a letter from me soon. Your dedication to the public service of making your fellow citizens laugh their asses off in the face economic collapse and an outbreak of leaking wikis is admirable. In fact, it may be the only rock left for an unstable nation to attach itself to.
Thanks Rep. Bachmann, the people of America salute you!
- Wingnuts Lose Minds Over National Motto [Dispatches from the Culture Wars] (scienceblogs.com)
- Video: Michele Bachmann Says Obama “Flat Out Lied” (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- -Sorry Pres. Obama Our National Motto is Still “In God We Trust” (answersforthefaith.com)
- When We Said We Were Going to Ban Earmarks, You Didn’t Think We Were Going to Ban Earmarks, Did You? (reason.com)
- Michele Bachmann and DeMint: Not so fast on that agreement with Obama on Bush tax cuts (riehlworldview.com)
- “Members of the Prayer Caucus to President Obama: Issue Correction for Inaccurate Reference of National Motto” and related posts (bearingdrift.com)
- Michele Bachmann Latest Member Of Congress To Misunderstand Unemployment Bill (huffingtonpost.com)
- Michele Bachmann To Have Wallbuilders Head Teach Constitution And Christian History To Members Of Congress (alan.com)
- Michele Bachmann Is On the Money (redstate.com)
- Michele Bachmann Calls For ‘Insurrection’ Against The GOP If Leadership Doesn’t Fully Repeal Health Care Reform (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Michele Bachmann: Obama Administration A “Gangster Government” [Doublespeak] (jezebel.com)