"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."
-George H.W. Bush-
you're old enough to remember, as I certainly am, to remember when
Dwight Eisenhower had his arm twisted by the Knights of Columbus into
adding a mandatory affirmation of individual and collective
subordination of national allegiance and legal obligation to religious
belief. It may have had something to do with the need to give the
rabble some reason they could understand to make us seem like the good
guys in the struggle against the Communists for world domination of the
1950's but it's really the same struggle for domination our founders
participated in against tyranny over the human mind and spirit by
Established Christianity in Europe and it goes back millennia - or
Perhaps you're old enough to remember the days
of the Vietnam war, the conflict that like the Civil War was never
really won, never really resolved and which still divides the nation our
kids are forced to call indivisible every morning. Anyone my age either
cringes or puffs up in self-righteous idiocy when he hears "America -
love it or leave it."
That fulsome piece of carrion of
course deconstructs to "this country is only for those who agree with
the lowest and angriest common denominator" and that, at the time, being
the John Wayne/Martha Ray duo shouting that if you don't support the
war and all it's horrors, lies and sinister motivations, you're not a
"real" American. And of course real Americans believe in the correct god
and them commies don't and there's the whole story. Napalm - God wills
Isn't it odd, by the way how we still make a hero
out of that bloated, talentless fart-bag despite his support for the
oppression and slaughter of two million people in order to preserve a
system of government that had enslaved them?
anyone doubt that Fox, had it existed 50 years ago would have supported
that national embarrassment, the stench of which still is detectable
like some cosmic background radiation? Fox, in fact has always
supported the dichotomies the Right uses to foment anger, promote
dictatorial colonialism and criminal exploitation and set us one against
the other. Men against women, rich against poor, white against black,
corporate against individual -- those contrived dichotomies have always
set up the most ignorant, deluded, misinformed and stupidly
self-righteous to be the good guys, the sensible, clear thinking guys
who oppose science, empiricism, mathematics and indeed honesty in favor
of myth and legend, whether corporate, political, religious or any
mixture of them. Those clear thinking, God fearing deniers of evolution,
geology, cosmology, nuclear physics, climatology and history.
when a President like George Bush the Elder says he can't understand
how someone who doesn't believe in some god or another can be considered
a citizen and thus demonstrate his contempt for the letter and spirit
of Our Constitution and indeed the Enlightenment and Humanist movement
that produced it, you won't hear a peep of protest from the gaggle of
birdbrain gigglers at Fox.
Yes, I'm tired of listening
to the things Fox News is tired of and particularly since one of those
things is my freedom. Every time some parent somewhere gets tired of his
kid being cajoled, coerced, forced and even bullied into not only
acknowledging some category of deity, we're affirming that our freedom
itself is subordinate to what its shamans say that deity demands.
Dana Perino "is tired" of "atheist's demands" for freedom from religion and says "they don't have to live here."
I wonder if her distaste for individual freedom of conscience includes
the suggestion that the bones of Madison and Jefferson and Franklin and
Washington be disinterred and dumped elsewhere in some free country,
but of course even that obvious extension of her idiotic ire implies an
intelligence far too great to exist in such an empty skull.
Perino and the bastards who pay her are the enemies of freedom, truth,
justice and what I used to think of as our great nation, conceived in
Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created
equal.Yes, I'm tired of you Dana and of the miserable, evil, corporate
bastards who pay you to undermine everything special and praiseworthy
about our country - or should I say my country, because not only are you
not part of it, you're not worthy of being part.
part of it you hate is the heart of Democracy, the soul of freedom and
if you won't tolerate the humanity, the humanism at the heart of America
- you don't have to live here.