Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Moses rolling over in his grave

The Supreme Court decided to hear two cases involving the posting of the Ten Commandments in public buildings, including a suit over the monument in the Texas Capitol. Now I'm not going to get into the particulars in each case (although I have to side with the plaintiff in the Texas case, one look at the thing and you can see plain as day an endorsement of religion) because I'm not familiar wit all aspects of them, but I do want to point out that this is the year 2004. Why is that important? Because some people (conservatives) seem to think it is 1004. Texas is a good example of the sort of backwards-ass approach to education in this country based on legislating religion. There have been big fights on wresting control of textbook content from the TEA to the state school board, which is heavily Republican and thus heavily partisan. As it stands, the board can only approve or reject a book based on factual inaccuracies, not on perceived inaccuracies like not mentioning how God wrote the Declaration of Independence in History or how how the world was created in 6 days in Biology. These people are insane, and they want to give it to our kids. So in '96, the power to put things in textbooks was taken away from them. These are the kinds of people who want the Ten Commandments in our schools and Capitols. It doesn't matter how explicit the Constitution is, they think they know better because God is on their side (which explains how the lose most court cases?) I bring all of this up just to show how stupid our population, as a whole, is, and how stupid they want to remain. I don't know, but it is very disconcerting to think we are a heartbeat away from burning people as witches and praying to ward off E. coli. So, yeah. I've rambled a bit, and slightly off-topic, too. But I think the larger argument here is: Why can't religion keep its hands off government? Feel free to jump in with comments or questions.


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