06 May 2010

Freedom ‘of’ also means freedom ‘from’ religion, Joe.

So, once again the Boston Herald has proven to me that it is a useless rag written by close-minded imbeciles who don’t have a full grasp of their prepositions. Joe Fitzgerald, the unremitting moron, authored a piece in the newspaper today titled“It’s freedom ‘of,’ not freedom ‘from’ religion, judge” in response to the news that Wisconsin judge Barbara Crabb had ruled the National Day of Prayer, scheduled to take place across the US tomorrow, is unconstitutional. Crabb backed this ruling by stating that “the government should not influence an individual’s decision to pray”. This sounds about right to me. But of course, Our Unremitting Moron thinks otherwise:
Abraham Lincoln, at the height of our Civil War, confided, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction I had nowhere else to go.”
There was nothing theoretical about our 16th president’s faith. Indeed, the final Act of Congress he signed before his assassination was the one that placed “In God We Trust” on all our currency.
That’s not Bible thumping. That’s just basic American history.
Yet a Wisconsin judge, Barbara Crabb, personifying the pathological secularism now rampant in our judiciary, recently ruled that the National Day of Prayer, which will be celebrated in communities across the land tomorrow, is unconstitutional because, she contends, the government should not influence an individual’s decision to pray.
This “pathological secularism now rampant in our judiciary” seems pretty on par with what we should want in our judicial system, right? If I knew that the person sentencing me was referencing their Bible/Torah/Quran while shaping their verdict, I’d be pretty pissed (and also receiving a maximum sentence, no doubt). And, just as freedom ‘of’ religion also ensures Americans freedom ‘from’ religion, a National Day of Prayer should be accompanied by a Nation Day of No Prayer (or of Reason, to jump on the New Orleans bandwagon!), or should not exist at all.
The Unremitting Moron backs his support of the National Day of Prayer by bringing up the totally relevant and current..9/11?
[Crabb would] have had a hard time making that case the day after the World Trade Center attacks when members of Congress linked arms on the Capitol grounds and sang, “God Bless America.”
She’d have had an even harder time two days later when five former presidents and the entire U.S. Supreme Court joined those members of Congress for a nationally televised prayer service.
An emotional response to a traumatic event is no way to back up your negative viewing of Judge Crabb’s ruling, Moron. Especially if said event took place almost 9 years ago. To say that we need a National Day of Prayer because of September 11th is unfounded and irrelevant, and completely avoids addressing the real issue here: how can this country nationally endorse a day devoted to prayer without also giving equal recognition to those who choose not to pray?
Keeping religion out of the court systems is more important than ever, since now rulings are being made which declare the cross isn’t a symbol of Christianity. If the Supreme Court can make such a blatantly false ruling, how is allowing a National Day of Prayer not encouraging of this kind of behavior? Clearly the sentiment is that religious preferences can be smoothed over by the courts, and that doesn’t sit well with me. Before long, Our Unremitting Moron will be celebrating not just his National Day of Prayer, but his National Day of Prayer to Jesus.
Source: Suffrajetson

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