Saturday, June 14, 2008

Yeah, about that "age-old tradition" thing, dearie ...


Blogging Tory "Girl in Blue" is fed up -- fed up, I tell you -- with the rest of her BT colleagues getting all the attention in terms of dumbass whackjob mockery and ridicule, so she steps up to the plate and ...

Today I found out that on Monday in the legislature, the Lord's prayer will be accompanied by several other prayers from several other religions. The prayers--which includes a "moment of silence" for atheists--will be in a sort of rotation, so if you're ever at the legislature, you never know what you might get! ...

Freedom of religion is one thing. Eliminating an age-old tradition in its name is quite another.

No shit. Because if you get rid of that "age-old tradition," who knows what might be next. Residential schools? Slavery? Catholic priests boning altar boys?

Oh, wait ... I'm guessing that's not quite what GiB had in mind, was it? Damn those "age-old traditions" and their culture-dependent value.

P.S. And look on the bright side -- the "moment of silence" for atheists will be the one moment that is not a sopping paean to stupid, meaningless, idiotic superstition. I think it should be marketed that way -- "And now, a moment to reflect on the value of logic, sanity and reason with no recourse to ridiculous historical myths or invisible sky monsters."

Yeah, that works for me. Can we get that baby written up?

4 comments:

Ti-Guy said...

The prayers--which includes a "moment of silence" for atheists...

I didn't realise they had adopted that measure. Good for them, although I would have prefered that as the only procedure.

Anyway, "conservatives" are morons, etc. etc.

Shannon said...

I was with you right up until the P.S. It's shit like that that makes the fundies afraid that their religion (something VERY dear to them) will be driven underground. It's what makes them fight so hard.

If you can't manage respect, can you just humour them? If they think they're getting respect, they'll not fight quite as rabidly. :D

mikmik said...

They don't deserve the tiniest shred of respect. They have a hate for other's points of view. They actively work to remove the right's of others, yet hypocritically screech "persecution!" when they are not treated as special They call everyone else crybabies - or fascists.

I sure as fuck don't humour assholes that want to enforce their views on us because they supposedly have god on their side.

They do not get the smallest iota of respect from me. They get the contempt such dogmatic morons deserve.

Shannon said...

Yeah, some of 'em do. The fundies anyway. There are some pretty decent regular Christians, but they're not the jerks that are trying to quash the inclusivity.

See, I guess I'm more pragmatic in this one. If you can't respect religious beliefs (dogmatic or otherwise), fine. But if you want to keep them from rebelling, ya gotta humour 'em a little. Decent Christians are gonna get pretty offended too, and really, do you *want* to turn them into the other kind?

It's like fighting terrorism. We're constantly on the governments to not treat the entire Muslim community as terrorists, because if you alienate them, you risk growing more terrorists.

Not all Christians are dogmatic, hateful assholes. It'd really be great if you didn't lump them all together.