Yohannon (yohannon) wrote,
Yohannon
yohannon

God, Save Me From Your Thoughtless Followers

I just ran into this message in one of the Yahell groups I belong to. Obviously, I had to say SOMETHING. Feel free to let him know how you feel (evil grin):

-- In fs_bayarea@yahoogroups.com, "Duane Clayton" (dukeor@msn.com)
wrote:

> It has been reported that 86% of Americans believe in God.
> Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a
mess about having "In God We Trust" on our money and having God in
the pledge of Allegiance.
>
> Could it be that we just need to take action and tell the 14%
> to sit down and shut up!?
>
> If you agree, pass this on, if not delete.

So why hasn't this piece off off-topic crap been deleted yet?

Well, since it hasn't, let the deconstruction begin!

> It has been reported that 86% of Americans believe in God.

By who? When did THAT referendum wander through? Also, how was the
question asked? If it was "Do you believe in a higher power of some
sort?" I can see a statistic like that surfacing. Of course, it begs
the question... WHICH god? Us pagans HATE it when people aren't
specific about these things... it causes all sorts of problems.

> Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a
mess about
> having "In God We Trust" on our money and having God in the pledge
of Allegiance.

Because it's unconstitutional? DAMN that troublesome piece of paper,
any way.

> Could it be that we just need to take action and tell the 14%
> to sit down and shut up!?

"Take action" sounds like a threat. I mean, we have a right to speak
our minds (that piece of paper again...it's even the same amendment,
drat it all) so you MUST be referring to FORCING us to shut up
somehow. That smacks of (dare I say it?) terrorism (he dared!).

The other problem with this sentence that it uses the poor deductive
reasoning that IF we take as granted that 86% of all the people in
this country believe in A god (or goddess) in spite of the
questionable source, then those people all somehow will automatically
agree with the idea that suppressing the rights of ANY percentage of
the population, much less 14%. Let's see...how many people is that?

> If you agree, pass this on, if not delete.

A VERY subtle message: If you agree with the idea of suppressing the
rights of fellow americans, spread the word. Otherwise, just walk
away from it, or (as you put it) "shut up". Of course, there IS a
third option that we can employ: We can call you on your bullshit for
what it is, religious/political persecution. Now, let's go a step
further. I have to make the presumption that you are referring to the
Christian god -- if this isn't the case, I apologise.

Let's see, who else has been a victim of the same sort of
persecution? What was his name... apparently was tortured to death
for what he believed, including the bizarre idea that people should
live and let live, regardless of what it is they believe...
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