Monday, June 14, 2004

So yeah, that figures. As always, we've been over this a million times before. I'm all for getting rid of the stupid "under god" reference, but "under god" isn't the problem. "In God we Trust" isn't the problem. The problem isn't that we have things that are crossing the line of government establishment of religion, the problem is that we crossed that line a long time ago and we've been bullshitting ourselves and everyone else ever since. Oh, yeah, we have separation of church and state, wink wink. This is a Christian nation. Period. Oh, of course, they'll never come out and say it. They'll never pass a law or set it in stone anywhere (unless you're Roy Moore), but if you've been paying ANY attention whatsoever, you know what the fuck's up.

Now of course, that doesn't mean that we don't have religious liberties. We obviously do. But Christianity is like the favored child of the religious family. Oh, of course, you love all your children equally, but some children are loved more equally than others. No other religion comes close to the power or influence or favoritism that Christianity enjoys in this country. The Christian religious right is, you know, really fucking active in politics. They pump a lot of money and effort into the system, and they get quite a bit back out. So many of our leaders, right up to the ostensible man in charge, Dubya, openly endorse Christianity. Yeah, sounds real fucking separate to me. And this is just scratching the surface.

Shit, just take a look at the phrase "separation of church and state." Now, Christians don't have a monopoly on the word "church" (see: Church of Satan, although they're of course calling it that just to piss of the Xtians), and I do understand that "church" is being used in a very vague and general sense. But the word "church" does still have a strong attachment to Xtianity, and I think it's pretty telling if we have to make a concerted effort to separate church from state.

If we're not a Christian nation, then riddle me this, Batman: what do you think the odds are of us electing a non-Christian president anytime soon? Or how about the chances of revoking the church's tax-exempt status. Zero and zero. Getting rid of "under god," which of course wasn't even originally in the pledge, would be a nice start towards having true separation of church and state. But we have a long way to go before we're, to turn a phrase, practicing what we preach.

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