So there’s been a lot of talk about the atheist’s sign on display at the Washington State Capitol. It’s in a special area with a “holiday tree” and a nativity scene, the theory being that you can have a religious display on public property if you also open it up to other faiths (or lacks of faith) as need be. Well, the freedom from religion foundation took them up on it, and now… well we’ve got a hell of a mess. It’s not just ugly, it’s Bill O’reilly ugly, and that’s pretty ugly.
(Note to O’reilly: Matthew 19:23-34 “It is harder for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” See you in hell Bill!)
While I find the wording of the sign a bit harsh, and can think of a lot of other ways the point could be made, I do feel obliged to say to the poor, misguided folks protesting it that THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU DON’T KEEP CHURCH AND STATE SEPARATE! We’ve told you members of the Christian right and anyone else who might listen, that not only is the mix of faith and government bad for the state, it is also bad for religion. When you demand that religious monuments be displayed on public property, the public (read: government) gets to decide what face your religion shows to the world.
And it could be worse than just a few angry atheists. Imagine that the state-supported nativity that you fought so hard for included, say, I don’t know... Something ridiculous… Say… I dunno… a little figurine of a world figure defecating on the whole scene…
No, go back and look again. Scroll through the gallery and read it.
Yes, in the Catalan region of Spain, there is an actual TRADITION of putting a figure in the nativity who… oh, how should I put this? Takes a dump in the corner. Imagine if someone demanded that on the White House lawn! Imagine one of those full-size live versions... OK, stop imagining, be glad there aren't a lot of vocal Catalans in our state, and stop complaining when you hear "Season's Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas, glory to God in the highest."
And do think about this anytime you’re tempted to breach the walls between church and state. Your efforts could end up with a world leader literally and figuratively taking a crap in it.
Now is that really what you want?
Happy holidays, Seasons Greetings and Joyous Saturnalia,
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
When We Say Freedom… We Mean Money
Many are confused by
U.S. foreign policy
They wonder what we mean when we say
“Freedom isn’t free”
Well, freedom has a lot of meanings
Different usages of the word
And our current regime’s definition might be
Different than ones you’ve heard
It’s a simple misunderstanding
You know it’s actually quite funny
When we say “Freedom?”
We mean money
You’ve heard our president say
“Freedom came under attack”
Our freedom took a hit
So we went and got some in Iraq
Our reasons for invading
Iraq were really sound
They have a lot of freedom there
Once you pump out of the ground
Bush done named it “Operation Iraqi freedom” done he?
Well when he said freedom…
He meant money
Freedom of the press
Fox news, and CNN
Freedom of religion
The Christian Coali-shen
And if our freely elected leaders you must reach
Well you’re gonna need to raise a little “freedom of speech”
They’ve watered down the word so much
It’s getting kinda runny
When they say freedom
They mean money
Fight for freedom in Darfur?
or Rwanda? Sure, well, fine
Just as soon as we can find a way
To make it fit our bottom line
It’s not that we don’t love third world freedom
Enough for war
It’s really nothing personal, just…
Ooh, they’re so poor!
Get some more foreign investment
Then we’ll talk there sonny
‘Cuz When they say freedom,
They mean money
I hope now that you understand
Why freedom isn’t free
You can only live in freedom
If you pay the membership fee
So as they say so proudly
“Let freedom ring”
I hear some freedom now
Ka-ching ka-ching ka-ching
We love our freedom so much
It really isn’t funny
And when we say freedom… we mean money!