Blog Against Theocracy Posted by peter ramus, 09 Apr 2007 03:25 am
[A WAAGNFNP Special - Blog Against Theocracy Week: Expanded Edition!]
In the United Sates the policy of openly worshipping Undergod in public schools has a long and troubling history.
Oh, of course for the politicians this is a red meat issue, presumed to stir the deepest feelings of the fervid masses of believers and set them marching in droves with their pitchforks and staves and torches down to the nearest polling booth at election time to give a big boost up to the candidate most loudly trumpeting the right, —no, the solemn duty — of each and every otherwise ignorant child to voice allegiance to both the nation and to Undergod in the self-same breath on a daily basis as a regular part of the curriculum.
Only a few years back one tike’s father, appalled by the insistent reference to said deity his innocent child was being subjected to by the standard school pledge of allegiance, won a preliminary judgement in Federal Court that Undergod be stricken from the pledge, and sparked a most curious and heated uproar, as I recall.
Purely out of comity I rarely refer in public to the disturbing tenets of my own so-called “religious” beliefs, and even more rarely do I take advantage of the opportunity so often presented in this day and age to join in the heated discussion of others’. However, as the contentions surrounding Undergod don’t seem likely to dissipate soon, and as in the midst of even the most fractious debate a moderating word must eventually be spoken, I offer up my view on this matter for whatever calming effect it may provide.
The famous First Commandment of that well-known book, The Bible, hallows an insult, the ordinal, founding insult required of all the initiates of all the bewildering variety of groups claiming to adhere to that book’s strictures in some sense or other, an insult offered up as the core necessary and sufficient first nugget of the testament of true faith, pithily given in one exclusionary statement: I spurn your god. Oh, do I ever. Words to that effect, you see.
To my mind this is brisk and direct and useful in establishing the groundrules for further religious conversation, and I have no qualms at all following at least this far along the proposed path of proper religion sketched out there by the Bible. I spurn your god in a most thoroughgoing and adamantine way, — I do. Your god is as nothing to me, I swear, and I’m happy to acknowledge we’re on the same page as far as this goes. But all this pledging faith to Undergod in schools? A step too far, is what I’m saying. I won’t go there.
Blog for Religious Freedom graphic by Liz.
Responses to “O say can you see? No, but thanks for asking.”