What about Jefferson, Adams, Madison Paine and other "founders" who were all freethinkers and atheists?
What about the fact that "Under God" and "In God We Trust" were not added to the pledge or the currency until many decades later?
This country was "founded" to be a secular government free from the influence of religion of any kind.
Freedom of Religion means that you are free to practice whatever religion you choose - including the freedom to not practice any and not to be subjected to other peoples beliefs and dogma.
Unfortunately we are VERY far from that ideal today and the "founders" would not be in any way pleased with what "religion" has done to this country over the years and especially in the last few.
There is a reason that so many now are becoming so desperately screeching about the separation of church and state. It is because they would have us believe untruths about the history of religion in our country and those untruths are now being proved to be fallacies.
By now you've heard that Terri Schaivo's autopsy revealed that she was not abused and that her brain was shriveled to half the size of a normal human brain which made her brain damage both severe and irreversible. And to top it all off, she was blind.
We'll now take a break to hear all of the apologies directed at Michael Shaivo who had to endure months of accusations ranging from abuse to plotting to kill her along with an entire legislature getting involved in his personal business only to be proven right.
No, the only one who said anything different after the autopsy was Bill Frist, who said that the case was now closed. I'm sure he didn't want to say it, but he had to, he's a doctor(then again, here's and interesting bit on Frist from Think Progress). And then the rest of the opposition did exactly what they did when they got caught lying about WMD's, they spun it. Now it wasn't about a woman who could be helped through therapy and was trying to stay alive while her evil husband wanted her dead, now it was about "protecting life"(Prez W) or "due process"(Mel Martinez) or questions of credibility(Dave Weldon).
Not one of them has said or will ever say "we made a mistake"
And special kudos goes out to Dr. William Cheshire the "doctor" who Jeb Bush sent in to "confirm" that Terri Schaivo was not in a persistive vegetative state.
He wrote: "As I looked at Terri and she looked back at me, I asked myself whether I could in good conscience withdraw her feeding and hydration."
Nice try Doc, she was blind.
and this gem: "seems at some level to be aware of some things around her."
So how did this highly trained neurologist make such a seemingly glaring error? Easy, he's a Christian Conservative, which means God first and everything else second including science and reality - which is the same affliction that has put nonsense like creationism and intelligent design theories into our classrooms.
And what of the parents? Are they finally going to say goodbye to their daughter and move on? HELL NO!
They have decided in their infinite lack of wisdom to disbelieve the autopsy and are considering "legal action."
On what, I have no idea.
So in the end, science, reason and reality wins again, but as usual it is a pyrrhic victory because Christian Conservatives can never admit they are wrong, mistaken or just plain dumb.
So everything pretty much goes on the same as it was and the only person who ended up getting hurt in this who debacle is the guy who was actually telling the truth.
So on behalf of the 2% (that percentage of
Well, thankfully, the Christians never seem to run out of stupid things to say and do - and today is no exception.
Not willing to simply openly discriminate against gays, now the Christians seem to want to have them wear warning labels:
"We put warning labels on cigarette packs because we know that smoking takes one to two years off the average life span, yet we 'celebrate' a lifestyle that we know spreads every kind of sexually transmitted disease and takes at least 20 years off the average life span according to the 2005 issue of the revered scientific journal Psychological Reports," Rev. Bill Banuchi, executive director of the New York Christian Coalition told the Mid Hudson News.
That "revered" scientific journal is not revered by scientists, who have described its' articles as "misleading and faulty." And of course, the study that they are quoting was conducted by a conservative anti-gay group. (hide your shock and awe)
Banuchi claims he didn't intend to say that gays should be labeled.
I love how these guys always get caught saying something openly racist, homophobic, hateful or otherwise and then talk about how they were misunderstood. The fact is that the first words out of people's mouths is usually how the ACTUALLY feel and the rest is political spin control depending on how much negative reaction they get. Whether it's kicking democrats out of church, advocating flushing the Koran, saying "I miss segregation" or any other dumb-ass comment routinely attributed to these types - that's what they actually mean.
So in the interest of fairness, let's make our own warning label to put on Conservative Christians:
Warning: This individual contains faulty logic, overzealous evangelism and inflexible beliefs. Mixing with others of different races, creeds, sexual orientation or political beliefs may cause a violent reaction. In case of accidental overdose immediately administer reason and critical thinking. DO NOT induce dogmatic vomiting! Do not use if you have a low IQ or low self-esteem as this individual is a known intellectual carcinogen. If you are pregnant or accidentally become pregnant and wish to make your own choices about you life and body - DO NOT USE THIS INDIVIDUAL! Side effects reported from exposure to this individual include upset stomach, eye rolling, anger, frustration and exasperation.
|W|P|111876688432470284|W|P|Warning: May Cause Idiocy.|W|P|
Sounds good to me.
Abercrombie & Fitch and its subsidiary Hollister have shown an unusual degree of antagonism to the name of Christ and an unusual display of wickedness in their promotions. In protest, we will not allow articles displaying their logos to be worn, carried, or displayed (even if covered or masked in some way).
Morning Dress–dress shirt (no denim/chambray) with tie, dress or neat casual pants (no jeans, cargo, carpenter, or sloppy pants), dress or leather casual shoes; sweaters should show shirt collar and tie knot (no sweatshirts).
Afternoon Dress–collared shirt (no crew necks), neat casual pants, dress or casual shoes (no slides or sandals), socks above the ankle, sweatshirts or sweaters.
Sunday Dress–coat, tie, and dress shirt; dress shoes; dress or dressier casual pants.
Recreation and Work Dress–jeans, t-shirts, shorts at athletic facilities (not as spectators at sports events), sleeveless athletic shirts (indoor activities only), socks required (including at work).
Classroom/general dress consists of a dress or top and skirt; however, pants may be worn for some recreational activities. Shorts may never be worn outside the residence halls and fitness center.
It is unlikely to do much good, since the ban cannot be used to prevent anyone from expressing themselves in the context of freedom of speech and expression and such ban were overruled in the past in other communities. But onward Christian soldier, I guess.
I'm not going to do the cliche thing and make some closing statement filled with swear words - instead, I'd like to post a suggestion to the producers of reality television. How about a new show called "Holier Than Thou" where a community of religious morons from around the U.S. and Europe gather together to try and run a society based on their beliefs and values with cameras placed everywhere to record any and all activities and then we follow the town for a generation to see how they do. My guess is there will be just as much drugs, porn, weird sex, bad language, teenage preganancy as anywhere else and within a short period of time they would start fighting with each other.
I'd watch it every week.
So we need to blow more money we don't have so that the COMMIES don't beat us. You've got to be kidding me. I hate to break this to you, but the moon doesn't belong to the U.S. - although I'm sure they claim it and all of space. And you wonder why everyone thinks we're arrogant.
I'm all for funding science, and if you cut some money out of the billions earmarked for defense, backroom deals and sweetheart contracts for business cronies, then you've got my vote. But if the reason is so that the Chinese don't land there and get their own moon rocks - I could care less.
I can say one thing for these guys, they are consistent...consistently wrong.