I came across this ridiculous article from Texas where some fat, ignorant Councilman is proposing starting meetings with a prayer. As obnoxious as that is, the article was worse, suggesting the only obstacle is merely upsetting atheists, and then there are the ignorant commenters. So I figured for this red state full of “real” Americans, I’d deliver a rather heavy handed, patriotic American sermon…
Our forefathers did not found this country on the government pairing with religion. They wanted to escape that, as they saw the ills of such a union in England and understood that for there to be true freedom of religion, the government MUST stand apart from it and not appear to favor any one belief. That is why our constitution is a secular document.
The ignorance of commenters is one thing, but I’m shocked at the ignorance of a Council member as to the laws of this great nation. To suggest the issue is merely one of upsetting atheists is both absurd and to any patriotic American, this is blatantly offensive. The issue is the Establishment Clause of our nation’s constitution. THAT is why prayer can’t be permitted, for it’s a de facto endorsement of a particular belief system which the Establishment Clause explicitly prohibits. There have been some elaborate attempts to circumvent this, such as attempts to make them non-denomintaional, but religion itself is a belief, one that is not shared by all, and therefore endorsing religion over no religion is the same as if the government endorsed Catholicism over Protestantism.
Lastly, the idea that this blatant disregard for our nation’s constitution is ok because about 90% of Victorians are ok with it is deeply, deeply disturbing. Have we not seen enough evils from mob rule, from the majority subjugating the minority? We object if the rich ignore the law to take advantage of the poor, if whites take advantage of blacks, if men take advantage of women, if adults take advantage of children, so why does such compassion get jettisoned when it comes to religion? How can so many, who can so acutely see such abuses, become so blind so quickly to them when it’s over religion?
If our forefathers taught us anything, it’s to value freedom and fight tyranny in any form. Tyranny is no less tyrannical because many support it, and a nation where laws can be so flippantly disregarded is no nation at all. In the name of our forefathers, of our nation and its constitution, and of course in the name of true freedom over tyranny, every patriotic American, every REAL American, should steadfastly oppose such measures proposed by Mr. Soliz.