I’m defending the Constitution
Something that is always entertaining to me is when I am forced to partake in prayer for a military ceremony or during a family day even right before they let you start eating.
I have found it amusing how other atheists and freethinkers have turned this event into an opportunity to find other like minded people. I honestly wasn’t even aware that this was an opportunity to be taken advantage of until someone from a Facebook group pointed this out to me.
Here’s how it works
So when everyone gets together and they utter the useless phrase “Let us pray” all you have to do is pretend to be a heathen. Keep your head up and just look around until you find someone staring back at you.
The first time I attempted this after learning about it was at a family day sometime last summer. There was a guy, Mike, who had just recently gotten out of the Marine Corps who happened to be waving his hands at me, making moronic faces, a few obscene gestures, and generally being sacrilegious during their little prayer time. I felt honored!
After the prayer I walked over to him and shook his hand and we exchanged some blasphemous jokes and had some fun at the expense of everyone else. The both of us are generally well-liked among everyone we work with (yes, even the Christians) and they all took it in stride. It’s enjoyable to work in an environment where I am not required to censor myself. And even if I were I would probably buck the system.
What was that about the Constitution?
Oh yeah! So here’s the thing everyone talks about patriotism as being proud of your country and blah blah blah. Let me tell you that I have firsthand seen people who have devoted their entire lives to the military, civil service, and their country who were disgusting pieces of crap that were quite the opposite of patriots. Slapping a “support the troops” sticker on your car does not make you a patriot. Being proud to be an American does not make you a patriot. In fact none of the useless bullshit that is paraded around as patriotism is anywhere close to what true patriotism is.
What is patriotism?
Patriotism has nothing to do with pride and all to do with action. Not the action of serving your country. Any mindless dolt can do that for four years. It has nothing to do with exercising your free speech. Any mindless dolt can do that. Do you see where I’m going with this?
Know WHY you are doing those things. Read the Constitution and understand what it means to be free. Where did these values come from? It IS a godless constitution despite what the conservative rhetoric debates about these days. The man that penned it was a Deist who was abhorred by the Christian religion. In 1787 there was specifically made NO MENTION of a god for a reason in that document!
Where did these founders get the idea for a godless constitution? Many people can go back to John Locke or Montesquieu. You could even look at Roger Williams who was the founder of Rhode Island. He was a priest who was run out of other states in New England by the Puritans because he thought the worst possible form of government was a theocratic one. He founded the first state to have the separation of church and state…or so you would be led to believe.
The American Indians actually had the first democratic form of government that was not inhibitive towards an individual based on their religion. Ben Franklin even looked up to them and stated that we should strive to be like them. So the next time you are happy you live in a free country; a representative democracy; a place of religious freedom…go to your nearest Native American tribe and thank them. Oh wait! They all live on reservations because they were hunted down, raped, and murdered by the Anglo-saxon Christians. Nevermind!