From the old Mike Douglas Show
(In memoriam to someone I dug all my life, I remember listening to his records before I my age was even in double digits. He made me a big part of what I am today. I don’t have the words, so I’ll just steal some of his. Joe Bless You, George!)
I just heard on Fox News Channel that a federal appeals court in San Francisco has declared that the good old “Pledge of Allegiance” is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and cannot be recited in a SCHOOL! What the fuck is going on over there in the Land of the Fruits, Nuts and Flakes?
UPDATE: Court seeks to overturn a 1954 US law that added “under god” to the Pledge. GAWD save us from the Rabid PC Atheist Fundamentalist Morons of the world… Still breaking…
“A profession that we are a nation ’under God’ is identical, for Establishment Clause purposes, to a profession that we are a nation ’under Jesus,’ a nation ’under Vishnu,’ a nation ’under Zeus,’ or a nation ’under no god,’ because none of these professions can be neutral with respect to religion,” Judge Alfred T. Goodwin wrote for the three-judge panel.
Nobody is required to say this thing. Nobody is getting executed if they don’t say it. If you say it in a school, it does NOT mean that the STATE says “HEY, YOU! GOD EXISTS! PRAY YOU HEATHEN BASTARD OR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WILL KILL YOU!!” This is massively ignorant. Even me, a half-blind, non-religious, atheist/agnostic blogger puke can see this…
From PejmanPundit: The Ninth Circuit Court in SF is the most overturned court in the country.
BTW: Fox News is “carpet-bombing” this story all over the airwaves. I’ve heard from Dick Morris, “The Judge” (can’t remember his name), Charlie Daniels and even the “atheist,” himself who when asked how he’s gonna protect his family from possible backlash, said he’s “gonna pray” before he caught himself.
I think this guy, this Michael A. Newdow, is one of those breed of PC Atheists who deep down aren’t as sure as they say that there is no GAWD. Because when the shit hits the fan, he’s “gonna pray” (according to the FOXNEWS interview I heard) to keep his family safe. Pray to WHO?
You know what I think? I don’t care if there is a GAWD or not. The Pledge is important to me because I am an American not because it has the words “under god” in there somewhere. If I say the Pledge, I’m not saying I believe in the GAWD of Abe and Jeezus and the ’Postles (or Mohammed or Buddha, etc). Cuz I don’t!
I’m not saying there is no GAWD, either. He’s not revealed himself to me and told me which of the hundreds of religions in the world is the “one, true belief.” So, until I hear from Him, lets just live our own lives and get along with the business of living. Hard enough task in this fucked up world without having to meet somewhere once a week and compare clothes.
I was never raised as a religious person. My folks were (and still) not church-going GAWD-fearing religious people. It was up to me to participate in religion or not. Back in my teen-age years I actually joined up with a church youth group for a school year. I wasn’t looking for something “missing” in my life, I was just into hanging out with my friends. All I really remember is the social aspects of it. GAWD certainly didn’t tap me on the shoulder in church or gave me a vision and “opened my eyes.” Which leaves me to wonder if he was ever really there in that pretty building with the stained glass windows.
I don’t sweat words on a plaque. I don’t live in fear that someone will come to my house one day, put a gun to my head and say “BELIEVE!” I don’t give a rats ass if someone says a prayer in my presence. I could care less that Congress says a benediction every morning. I’ve got a lot of more important worries in this life.
When I though about it a bit, I’m not sure that I care whether the US military smacks the crap outta Afghanistan. You can’t really bomb them back to the stone age, they are already there. I don’t think the US is stupid enough to start bombing Afghans indiscriminately. Hopefully, we have learned better than that.
Reports out of Israel say it’s IRAQ, good ole Soddom, who paid for or planned the dirty deed. Now there is someone who would be worth a good pounding. Maybe first thing we do it flatten everyone of Soddom’s 50 or so palaces. That might actually be worth something. But still, what will it mean? Will it stop terrorists from attacking us or will it just make them pissier? I’m confused…
The 9-11 attack and the coming response… Should we be surprised? Haven’t “humans” been doing this to each other for about 100,000 years? People start identifying with a certain group, religion, ethnicity, nationality and from then on everyone who believes something different of what your group, religion, ethnicity, nationality believes is the enemy and it to be destroyed! I’m sure it all started when we were in the caves! One group would yell to the other:
OUR GOD HAS A BIGGER DICK THAN YOUR GOD!
And then the other group, knowing that that statement could not possibly be true, take offense and rush out to defend their god and everyone starts smacking each other in the skull with large pieces of wood…
I don’t identify myself with any group, religion, or ethnicity (and I only call myself an American because I and a card carrying, dues-paying member of that particular group). What I am is an old white guy, pushing forty and spouting some really freaked up ideas. I’m just a part of the audience, watching the world fall apart and enjoying the entertainment.