Thursday, March 25, 2004
One nation under God
Some people believe that the Religious Right is on a mission to curtail our freedoms. The FCC's crackdown on "indecency", following the Janet Jackson incident at the Superbowl, is blamed by many on the Religious Right. Howard Stern has been on a tiresome tirade for the past few weeks, like a paranoid baby. Why do so many believe in this mythical power of the "Religious Right"? If this were true, Judge Moore would not have been ordered to remove his Ten Commandments from his courthouse courtyard. If the Religious Right had a stranglehold on this country, as many might have you believe, the Texas sodomy case would not have been heard by the Supreme Court, much less decided the way it was.
Truth is, some people believe that our rights are being crushed by these mythical, bible-thumping henchmen of the bible-thumping President (I don't think he's a bible-thumper, but some people do.) My rights are in tact. The FCC's crackdown probably won't go much further than it has. Howard Stern is crying for ratings-- he's been saying he's going off the air for years, like every time his contract comes up for negotiation. Our checks and balances are doing well, and the majority of the US population would not stand for the things that some are so fearful of.
Then we have the Pledge of Allegiance, and the controversy over "under God" currently in the hands of the SCOTUS. I see this as an assault on the foundation of this country. The VAST majority of US citizens belong to a monotheistic religion. This country was founded on Judeo-Christian values and principles, and this idea is repeated in the documents of our foundation. But the worst part of this, really, is this man's use of his daughter to advance his own beliefs. He is an atheist, and I respect that. However, in a classroom of 30 students, how many are really offended by the Pledge? This an attempted smackdown on a majority by a very loud minority. You don't want your kids to say it? Teach them that they can stand by their convictions and skip those two words. This is the kind of thing that makes me want to put my kids in a Catholic school. If it's taken out of the pledge, you can bet I'll teach my kids the current version and tell them they can recite it that way. This is a free country, after all, and the separation of church and state is meant to protect the church from the state, not vice versa.
Senator Tom McClintock ran for Governor of California in our recent recall election. He was the most coherent, consistent and all-around brightest candidate in the bunch. Most conservatives were afraid that a vote for him would have been a vote for Cruz Bustamante, who we all know would have been 10x worse for this state than Davis. He wrote this article, and I got it today via his mailing list. I think he hits the nail on the head. Hard.
Why the Pledge of Allegiance Matters
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