Wednesday, July 05, 2006

to put on a black shirt

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
Sinclair Lewis

I'm a huge champion of private property rights, and I believe, like George Washington, that we can all exist in America with tons of different religions everywhere . . . but when I read stories like this and this, I get afraid. I get really, really afraid.


Blogger FEJ said...

That is scary.
I must send you a picture of the "Statue of Liberty" GOD tribute here on Balboa Island. I cringe when I walk by it.

9:00 AM  
Blogger originalpupdog said...

I love how 'people' talk about 'the christian ideals this country was founded on'. That whole 'escaping religous persecution' thing seems to slip through the cracks...

10:22 AM  
Blogger wayne said...

I'm a devout Christian, but that statue was just tacky. Why am I not surprised it was from Tennessee?

originalpupdog: Escaping religious persecution had little to do with the founding of the nation, and everything to do with the cruel punishments the church meted out, with the government's approval, 'in the name of God.'

2:42 PM  
Blogger originalpupdog said...

Wayne: Yeah, that wasn't exactly how I wanted to say what was in my mind, but it didn't actually click til far later in the day. I had just read a letter to the editor in my hometown paper (via the web) about the evils of gay marriage (and in this person's view, all things not approved by the Falwells and Robertsons of the world) and used the phrase 'bring this country back to the Bible, and the faith of our Founding Fathers'. That's what was sticking with me, just not clearly. The founding Fathers were mostly deists, and while they had some very good moral ideas, hardly thought of the Bible as a basis for laws, or that capital-G God was in charge of it all. The US isn't a 'Christian Nation' by design, but because the folks on that side have slowly moved into power and led everyone to that idea, and the concept of taking us 'back to God' somehow seems as wrong as taking us 'back to Communism'.

I have nothing against anyone's religion, just keep it out of my life, or my government.

5:02 AM  
Blogger Brent said...

I...I have no words. The statue was tacky enough, but what happened to that family was inexcusable. I don't want to believe that people have given into fear so much that they would need to do that to someone. But when I read things like that...

You are all welcome to come to Canada, but if you don't mind, I'll tell the bouncer to keep those people out. :)


11:49 AM  

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