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2003-08-26 5:37 AM
Suspensions and Sledge Hammers
Well, they've suspended that Alabama Supreme Court Justice for defying the court order to remove the ten commandments monument from the courthouse. I guess that's a step in the right direction.
I'm just still in a state of shock over some of the comments made by the religious right during this whole fiasco. Comments like, "This isn't about a monument. This isn't about religion. This is about aknowledging our Almighty God."
Yeah, that's not about religion.
Comments such as the leader of the Christian Defense Network during a debate on CNN. "I would urge all of our supporters to join in a nationwide boycott of any company that accepts the contract to remove this monument."
I don't know if any of you are old enough to remember when the Christian right was trying to boycott certain radio station during the late seventies for playing controversial, harmful-to-our-youth songs such as John Lennon's "Imagine." Well, they're at it again. And while, as Americans, they have every right to spend their money wherever they wish, I still wanna fucking choke the sonsabitches.
You know, there are millions of perfectly good churches and synagogues around the country where they can praise their so-called god without infringing upon the rights of the rest of us not to have to hear it. There seems to be this predominant belief that they are guaranteed by the Constitution their right to practice any religion they wish, yet those of us who choose not to practice any religion should be shown the door. When the gentleman who brought the case again the words, "Under God," being included in the Pledge of Allegiance won, he was immediately inundated with very Christian, very loving, death threats along with being called a communist. He was told that he needed to get the fuck out of America if he didn't believe in God.
Excuse me? Excuse the fuck out of me?
The Christian coalition is stating that removal of the ten commandments monument is tantamount to a state endorsement of a atheistic state. Huh? Are we shutting down their churches? Are we telling them that they can't pray in the sanctity of their own home? No! Those of us who freely call ourselves atheists have nothing against anyone practicing their religion in their own, private way. We're just sick of them practicing it in a public forum where everyone, Christian, atheist, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Wiccan alike have to visit. We shouldn't be subject to an exclusionary view in an inclusive venue.
You know what? Give me a fucking sledge hammer. I'll remove the monument.
Joseph Haines, signing off from The Edge of The Abyss.
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