Dumbass Quote of the Day

Reading this column by Sally Quinn in the Washington Post set my teeth on edge, as I’m sure it will yours. Don’t click on the “read more” link and see the quote I’m about to give if you have a problem with high blood pressure or are prone to wanting to hurt kittens when you read something egregiously stupid:

This is a religious country. Part of claiming your citizenship is claiming a belief in God, even if you are not Christian.. We’ve got the Creator in our Declaration of Independence. We’ve got “In God We Trust” on our coins. We’ve got “one nation under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance. And we say prayers in the Senate and the House of Representatives to God.

Well isn’t that nice how she just writes atheists right out of the country by redefining citizenship?

Up until now, the idea of being American and believing in God were synonymous.

Only to morons like you.

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  • http://peopleofpublictransport.wordpress.com Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Actually it’s truck ownership. Americans own and drive trucks.

    Part of your citizenship is owning a truck, even if you drive a different vehicle in your day-to-day life.

  • MikeMa

    That really is some kind of special stupid right there.

    Even worse, you can see where she added the afterthought “even if you are not Christian”. The implication might be that those non-christian believers will be tolerated, a little, maybe but not recognized. I’m sure she would go ballistic if any government prayers mentioned Allah or Buddha. Bigots everywhere.

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    We’ve got the Creator in our Declaration of Independence. We’ve got “In God We Trust” on our coins. We’ve got “one nation under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance. And we say prayers in the Senate and the House of Representatives to God.

    So if all of those things– which are highly incidental and have nothing whatsoever to do with citizienship or the structure of the government– were to cease being true, would Quinn agree that we are in fact an atheist country? And that in order to “claim” her citizenship, she must renounce her belief in God?

    I doubt it.

  • Rev. BigDumbChimp

    Why is she leaving out apple pie and baseball?

  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    While she mostly gets a new one torn by the commenters to her column, there are also some equally stupid comments…

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “We’ve got the Creator in our Declaration of Independence. We’ve got “In God We Trust” on our coins. We’ve got “one nation under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance. And we say prayers in the Senate and the House of Representatives to God.”

    Two questions–well, besides the immediate, “Is the WaPo fucking insane? (‘cuz letting this woman have a column would indicate such.) immediately leap into my beautiful if underutilized mind.

    B.) Yeah, “GOD” is everywhere; we get it, really. But, what about Moroni and Kolob*? I mean, if Mittunswillard gets elected the summer White House is liable to be somewhere near the center of the universe, a looooooooooooooooong fucking commute.

    5.) When did we get a “House of Representatives to God.”?

    Ed, it’s early in the day but what the hey, this could go in for dumbest of the week–at least.

    * hint to SallyQ: They’re not a law firm in Georgetown.

  • Synfandel

    My wife is not going to be happy when I tell her she’s now an American citizen.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    “Moroni and Kolob”

    …but, Demo, you must admit that it would be a great name for a law firm. Right up there with Sue, Grabbitt and Runn.

  • Chiroptera

    richardelguru, #8:

    And old Car Talk fans will be familiar with Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe.

  • Jordan Genso

    With 20% of the nation now self-identifying as non-religious, that’s a lot of non-citizens living here.

  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    So which is it? Does saying prayers to God in the Senate and the House of Representatives establish that the US is a Christian nation, or is it a violation of the establishment clause in the first amendment? Can’t have it both ways, you know.

  • Chiroptera

    Part of claiming your citizenship is claiming a belief in God, even if you are not Christian.

    Huh. I know some people who recently became US citizens. I don’t remember any of them mentioning having to claim a belief in God during the naturalization process.

  • thalwen

    Odd, I missed that requirement in the Constitution, there was something about no religious tests for office, freedom of religion, but nope, don’t see that anywhere, I must need new glasses.

    Also, I can’t help but notice how many Latin phrases we have on our official documents. It’s on our money, on state mottoes, not to mention how many of our words, architecture and even parts of our political system are based on Ancient Rome. Therefore, by Quinn’s criteria, Latin must be the official second language, and by not being able to speak Latin, you are renouncing your American citizenship.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    So before 1957, when for the first time we had both “In God we trust” on our money and “Under God” in our pledge, there were no citizens?

  • Die Anyway

    I wasn’t familiar with Sally Quinn so when I first read her article I thought she was going for sarcasm. I guess I was “Poe’d”. Everyone seems to think she is serious so I’m guessing that you all know something about her that would lead you in that direction. But really, that was so over-the-top ridiculous that it was hard to believe that it was serious.

    My nightmares keep slipping back and forth between Islam and Christianity. Damn!

  • Chiroptera

    Die Anyway, #15: But really, that was so over-the-top ridiculous that it was hard to believe that it was serious.

    I don’t know which country you’ve been living for the last dozen years or more, but that is exactly the sort of thing we in the US have come to expect from the right wing pundits and elected politicians. No kidding, it isn’t over-the-top.

    On the other hand, having read the column, the way she writes leads me to believe that you might be correct: she may not be expressing her views, but expressing what she thinks has been the traditional attitude in US culture.

  • jba55

    There are several claims in the comments that this is satire. It seems to be true, since she wrote this article which is much more rational.

  • blf

    …if you … are prone to wanting to hurt kittens when you read something egregiously stupid

    This is not kitten-stupid. Or other small creature-stupid. This is not even Blue Whale-stupid. It manages to surpass military-grade stupid. This is stupidity so dense it sucks all rationality out of the neighborhood. It is Black Hole-stupid.

  • http://ingles.homeunix.net/ Ray Ingles

    jba55 – She also said this, which is much less rational.

  • http://hitchhikinginsvalbard.blogspot.com Hitchhiking in Svalbard

    The link jba55 provided (#17) is a pretty reasonable and thoughtful essay on religion in American political life. The “Romney captures God vote” article is completely reactionary and superficial. Poe is the best explanation for the wild discrepancy in insight.

  • observer

    Folks, it’s satire. Or, to be more precise a wry observation about the state of our politics.

  • nora

    I seem to remember reading a memoir she wrote many years ago in which she said that when she was a young woman, she announced to her parents that she was an atheist. I don’t know if she’s changed her mind.

  • abb3w

    This ignores more than a few historical details, such as how the debates over the adoption of the Constitution in North Carolina included discussion over how the No Religious Test clause would allow even an Atheist to hold office, even the presidency.

  • slc1

    Re Democommie @ #6

    Two questions–well, besides the immediate, “Is the WaPo fucking insane? (‘cuz letting this woman have a column would indicate such.) immediately leap into my beautiful if underutilized mind.

    Let’s remember that the Washington prints columns by congenital liars like George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Jennifer Rubin, and Mark Thiessen. Sally the schmuck fits right in.

  • eric

    Great material for any lawyer arguing against “ceremonial” deism.

    Though I doubt it will make any difference; the courts seem to have plugged their fingers in their ears on this issue. They just keep repeating “its ceremonial” to themselves as millions of Christians speak and write about how these things are evidence that the US is an officially Christian nation.

  • fastlane

    Is it satire? It’s so hard to tell these days.

    If not, Sally needs to have a quick chat with the SCOTUS about how all that stuff is really not ceremonial deism at all, and thus, needs to go.

    I’m sure that’s the result she’s looking for…

  • imthegenieicandoanything

    The WP has become just another shitpile to be walked around with nose pinched.

    Ms. Quinn: It’s almost certain that nothing that humans now describe as “God” exists, but I entirely certain that YOUR “God” does NOT and COULD not exist.

    Now, what are you going to do about it?

    Nothing traditionally “Christian,” I hope!

  • hunter

    I’ve never met Sally Quinn, so I don’t know if she’s as jaw-droppingly stupid as her writings indicate. I doubt she has enough of a sense of humor to write satire, though. Wonkette has a really good take on the column.

  • hunter

    Just ran across this earlier article (thanks to one of the commenters at WaPo), which makes it seem as though the article above is meant to be some sort of commentary. I don’t know that I’d call it “satire” necessarily, but commentary, for sure.