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In God They Trust

11 May

Let’s dive into the insane, idiotic waters that is FOX “News”, shall we?

There is so much wrong with this clip (and, of course, Bill O’Reilly and FOX “News” in general) that I think my fingers might wear themselves to the bone after typing what I really think. So I’ll try to abridge it a little.

Allow me to respond to as much as I can in this supremely idiotic clip.

…Today is a National Day of Prayer, and it has been endorsed by President Obama, but there are legal challenges all over the place, and that, of course, is dumb.

No, Bill. What’s dumb is the fact that your asinine television show is actually considered a news program, when really it should fall within the realm of morbidly hilarious entertainment.

What’s also dumb is that that is how you start off your opinion piece. “That, of course, is dumb.” Like we’re supposed to be convinced simply because you use the phrase “of course”. Let me try: “Bill O’Reilly is, of course, a moron.”

Of course.

The Constitution clearly states that the government cannot impose religion on citizens, but setting aside a day to encourage expression of voluntary spirituality is in no way an imposition.

So much…wrong…with…that…statement…!

Do these morons (i.e. neoconservatives) even read the Constitution? They claim they’re all about the founding document of our great nation, but all too often they show their complete and utter ignorance of the very document they claim to cherish and love.

Sounds like another document they tend to not read in its entirety, doesn’t it?

Anyway, the Constitution clearly states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

It then goes on to say some stuff about freedom of speech, press, and other nonsense they tend to ignore whenever it’s convenient for them.

Basically, the US government is not allowed to establish or favor any religion at all. Making the National Day of Prayer into law (which the government has done, and is currently trying to do) is a direct violation of the Constitution. Period.

I have said all along that America is based on Judeo-Christian beliefs — nobody has to believe me though…

Thank you, Ms. Palin, for allowing us the privilege of not listening to you. Most intelligent human beings exercise that privilege daily.

That statement alone — that America is somehow based on Judeo-Christian beliefs — stems from a lack of understanding of (i.e. refusing to read) the Constitution, and often confusing it with the Declaration of Independence, which is a document that has no legal standing whatsoever; it was merely a document that pretty much said, “Fuck you, King George, we’re running our own damned country now!”

Above all else, hear this: It does not matter what religion(s) our founding fathers endorsed and respected in their own private lives; what matters instead is what they wrote down as our supreme law. You can point all day to how George Washington was a Christian, or how Thomas Jefferson was a Unitarian. What it all boils down to is the fact that the Constitution clearly states that no religion is to be endorsed or encouraged by the government, in any way, shape or form.

Just go to our founding fathers’ early documents and see how they crafted a Declaration of Independence and Constitution that allows that allows the Judeo-Christian belief to be the foundation of our laws.

In the above statement, Sarah Palin quite clearly shows her absolute ignorance of pretty much everything. Nowhere in the Constitution does it mention Christianity, nor does it use anything from Christian teachings to build upon. As for the Declaration of Independence, it basically meant nothing after the Constitution was written and made official.

…and our Constitution, of course, essentially acknowledging that our unalienable rights don’t come from man; they come from God.

Again, that’s the Declaration of Independence, genius, not the Constitution. And what it mentions is a purposefully-ambiguous “Creator”. The Constitution, on the other hand, clearly opens with the following statement:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

In the document, “We the People” is in big, bold letters, emphasized above all else. No mention is made of God or any creator at all.

Please, people, don’t use the religion of a handful of our founding fathers as justification that Christianity should be the dominant religion, then in the same breath, claim that we have freedom of religion. Pick one or the other. Since the first point is not a valid reason to make a law respecting religious prayer, we come to the second point: freedom of religion.

What if I were part of a religion that did not believe in prayer? My religion would then be trampled over by this law, because there is no law that sets aside a day for, say, banging your head against the wall, as my fictitious religion would have us do.

So I say, let’s make a law that sets aside a National Day of Banging Your Head Against the Wall, as we need to respect all religions equally.

Or, you know, let’s not make any law that endorses any religion, or group of specific religions.

Bill O’Reilly then goes on to claim that the Constitution was based upon the morality given to us by the Ten Commandments. Funny how the Constitution doesn’t mention adultery, worshiping one god over others, honoring one’s parents, or even murder.

The Constitution has nothing to do with morality, let alone the “morality” given to us by the Ten Commandments. It’s a document that lays out how the government will function, what it can and cannot legally do, how the powers are divided, and so forth. There is nothing biblical in the Constitution, nor is there anything from either testament, nor anything even resembling what one may find in the bible.

As for “In God We Trust” being a motto of our nation, that wasn’t made official until 1956. I doubt any of the founding fathers had anything to do with that law. Same thing with “under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance. That was added long after the Pledge was written, in… guess when? That’s right, the 1950s (1954, to be exact).

So when somebody screams at you, “America is a Christian nation!” Scream back at them to read the goddamn Constitution for once, and for God’s sake, don’t take the Declaration of Independence as law, nor the founding fathers’ religions as evidence of their intentions for running this great nation.

 
 

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  1. Sarah

    May 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    You helped brighten my day with this article. This issue needs to be approached far more often. Bravo!

     
  2. Marcus

    May 13, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Great article, Rich – well-argued and well-written. Even as a Brit I loathe Palin and all that she stands for. At least our new Deputy Prime Minister is an atheist – so there’ll be one voice of sanity in the government.

    If you get chance check out http://freethinker.co.uk/ where yet more of us atheists hang out. I’m sure your input would be welcomed.

     
  3. YetAnotherAtheist

    May 13, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Thanks! I’ve checked it out, and it looks like another great blog to add to my iGoogle RSS feed. 😉

    I’ll add it to the Blogroll as well.

     
  4. Jack

    May 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Nice article.

     
  5. YetAnotherAtheist

    May 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Why thank you.

     
  6. Bruce

    May 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Nice article.

     
  7. Steve

    May 29, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Great article, Rich – well-argued and well-written. Even as a Brit I loathe Palin and all that she stands for. At least our new Deputy Prime Minister is an atheist – so there’ll be one voice of sanity in the government.

    If you get chance check out http://freethinker.co.uk/ where yet more of us atheists hang out. I’m sure your input would be welcomed.

     
  8. YetAnotherAtheist

    May 30, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Thanks! I’ve checked it out, and it looks like another great blog to add to my iGoogle RSS feed. 😉

    I’ll add it to the Blogroll as well.

    Whoa… déjà vu…

     
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