2 years ago: All others pay cash: The Shepherd-Balkin Amendment

November 2, 2011, here on slacktivist: All others pay cash: The Shepherd-Balkin Amendment

Replacing an affirmation of unity amidst diversity with an expression of sectarian faith is, generally speaking, not a Good Thing. …

The only people who think it’s a Good Thing are those who belong to the sect in question. Ah, but who is that? And are all those who claim to be members of this elevated sect really members of it? Can they prove it? How can they prove it?

Historically speaking, the answers to that last question always involve duress. Ultimately, the only way to really, truly prove one’s membership to the satisfaction of whatever authorities are entrusted with deciding such questions is by not floating when cast into a lake with stones tied to one’s feet. This is why it’s important not to entrust authorities with such questions — why church and state must be separate.

  • mattmcirvin

    You know, it only occurs to me now that the sentiment of “E Pluribus Unum” might itself be positively offensive to some of “In God We Trust”‘s most ardent fans.

  • SergeantHeretic

    You’re damned right its offensive to such people. Remember, these are the yahoos who believe that secular stores saying “Happy Holidays” is a personal attack against them and their faith.
    How DARE the employees of a store or for that matter anyone else do anything to remind them that SOME people might not belong to their religion. How DARE other people even imply that there even ARE other religions other than their own. To them, “E Pluribus Unum” is not the founding motto if our great nation, for these small, mean petty souls “From many, One” is the worst and most terrible personal attack.

  • http://www.ghiapet.net/ Randy Owens

    “Ex Uno Plures.”


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