I swear the irrational shit from the religious sphere is never ending. Whether it's Michelle Bachmann swearing the Big Guy talks to her, or religious charlatans leaders threatening their congregants with his wrath lest they not pony up for another Bentley, or the constant drone about prayer in schools - their batshit is relentless.
Don't like it? Don't act it.
Your religion is YOUR business. It begins and ends with you and your choice to indulge in whatever flavor you were brought up in or adopted as your preference as an adult. Juggle your snakes, preach your fire and brimstone, turn your possessions over to your Gucci wearing elders, dance in the aisles, or mentally decorate that planet you will be bequeathed. Whatever makes you happy, but STFU when it comes to the rest of us.
Your beliefs are just that - YOUR BELIEFS. And I am not required to indulge them, join them, or give them audience to threaten me. I don't care if you are a conservative Christian, a Hasidic Jew, a starry eyed Mormon, a Mecca facing Muslim, or any one of the 6,000 other currently practiced options.
I do not have to buy in. You cannot make me.
Yet here we are again, watching as yet another legislature full of "faith" but no brains is trying to climb the wall of separation between church and state and hang their banner.
And lest you think I am just ragging on another Republican, think again - this shit comes from both sides. On Wednesday, Rep Kimberly Daniels, a Democrat, of Jacksonville, Florida, introduced a bill into the House that would require all public schools to hang the state motto, "In God We Trust" "in a conspicuous place."
Don't even get me started on it being a STATE motto to begin with, or the fact that it still rides around as a national motto on our money - a place it has NOT always been. But hey, I'll play along, Kimberly...
Whose god? His? Hers? Theirs? There's an awful lot of them to choose from. Oh wait, silly me, of course you mean YOUR god. And you mean that every student, regardless of their upbringing - whether religious or secular - has to have YOUR god pushed in their faces every day.
Look, religious belief is fine, helpful even when it is comforting, providing community, offering refuge. But when it oversteps its bounds? No, not a good thing. Because everyone of every religion believes only THEY are doing it right. So how, when so many dullards in this country still drone on about Sharia Law somehow forcing them to worship Islam, can they not see the hypocrisy in their actions to force their God onto everyone else?
Kim defends her idea as "so simple, just saying put a poster up to remind our children of the foundation of this country."
But wait, you get a gift with purchase in this one, folks!
Her bill is the result of a vision she had last week. "I believe it was God, and I heard a voice say, 'Do not politicize what has happened in Florida and do not make this a thing of division.' "
Sorry, but it is political. Sad but true, defending our children and our citizens as a whole is about as political as it gets these days. One side of the aisle wants common sense to prevail, the other wants to give access to military level weaponry to every man, woman, and child. That the mere notion of banning assault weapons - something that has been done before - gives rise to such aggression, highlights just where the division lies. A serious lack of humanity and reason on one side, and an overabundance of desperation to save people on the other.
Pray tell, Kimberly ... if schools need Him like never before because they keep getting shot up, just what would you tell all the still grieving families of the 26 people who were slaughtered IN THEIR CHURCH mere months ago? What were they missing? Surely if God was anywhere, it would have been during a church service of believers.
Not to be outdone in religious batshittery, the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania is holding a blessing ceremony for congregants' AR-15s. I am not making that up. I swear, if there is a God, or 6,000 of them, they just need to wash their hands of the whole lot of us.
But back to Kim... Hanging your poster is not going to prevent anything. And your notion that it has to do with this country's founding? How did you graduate with an F in American History? Our nation was founded largely by Deists, not hardcore Christians. They were fleeing religious persecution and made damned sure to start something where that was not sanctioned. And again, "In God We Trust" came on the scenes in 1864 when it began being banged onto our coins. It did not get stamped on our paper money until 1957. Just as the phrase "under God" was not always in our Pledge.
Nor should it be.
The beauty of this experiment called the United States of America is that we are free to choose, or NOT choose. Which means you should not be able to legislate forcing anyone to CHOOSE your flavor of deity. Especially in a public school where our tax dollars are at work. Frankly if you call yourself a patriot, you should be incensed at this kind of bill being introduced anywhere. Being patriotic means standing up for our Constitution, our Amendments, the true founding principles - not just the ones that reinforce your preferences. And for the record, religious certitude has been the cause of relentless carnage throughout the ages.
Not surprisingly, her bill passed the House. On the same day they voted down even discussing assault weapons.
And therein lies the problem. This constant looking up to solve our problems. If there is a God, he is either not paying attention, or wanting us to finally use the brains he gave us to look straight ahead and start implementing real solutions.
And Kimberly, a goddamned poster is not going to protect the next group of students when the bullets begin to fly.