Here Come The Big Guns

Some news show brought on a fraud psychic to give his opinion on the Cranston prayer banner.  Guess what – the psychic doesn’t care for people calling spiritual beliefs baloney.

Oh boy…

Supporters of the banner say it was a school tradition.

Y’know, there are several places in the world where it’s a tradition to take a knife to the genitals of their female offspring. I hope they get rid of that tradition – that one sucks.

Some traditions should be flushed down the proverbial toilet, or at least be given a few rigorous wipes to make them applicable to modern society.

I notice on your American money it says “In God We Trust”

Thank the Cold War, not the ideals upon which this nation was built. It also says Novus Ordo Seclorum (The New Secular Order), a phrase that was on our paper currency well before “In God We Trust.”

And if they would make available money without those words, not only would we use it but so would Christians.  Our use of American currency is a tribute to our desire to not starve, not a tribute to a deity.

I don’t think that woman [Jessica] is true.  The whole religious makeup of America had that religious factor involved.

Which is precisely what she has always said.  This guy should rely less on clairvoyance and actually listen to what Jessica has said to get the nuance (or take five minutes to read about American history on wikipeda before opening his mouth).  Without a separation of church and state it would be possible for one particular religion to become the state-endorsed religion.  Checks were put in place to ward off that possibility as it would destroy religious liberty for anybody who didn’t abide by the state’s religion.  When the Constitution was forged, we had just finished fighting a war so that, among other things, we could not have a state church as they had in England.

So yes, our founders were looking out for religion – by keeping the state’s hands out of it – by keeping the government secular.  This is why you can build a church of any denomination, Christian or otherwise, and attend a church of any denomination, Christian or otherwise, and the government has no say.  This is also why state institutions like a public school don’t get to hang up sectarian prayers.  This has been Jessica’s message from day #1.  This guy is either a bad listener, a bad psychic (as if there were any other kind), or both.

I’m against the government being involved in personal stuff…

But?

…but in this particular case there’s nothing wrong with that banner being up there.

Did he give a reason for the exception?  Of course not.

Secondly, 49 years a little too late…

What?  You want to end slavery?  Um, 6,000 years a little too late.

I wish text allowed me to fully capture the sneer with which the psychic said those words.  Trust me when I say his condescending tone, as though he was voicing an indisputably intelligent argument, was magnificently juxtaposed against the transparent lameness of his reasoning.

The longevity with which somebody has broken the law or committed a moral wrong should have no bearing on whether or not they are allowed to continue in that fashion.

Besides, look at what has happened with Jessica.  One may think there was no amount of social punishment that would appease the religious members of her community.  Is it really such a wonder nobody has ever spoken up until now?

It seems like something where we’re changing the laws to make everybody happy.

Yes, look at how happy the judge made the majority when he cited decades of precedent in ruling in favor of Ahlquist.

Frankly, I think the situation is the exact opposite of the way he describes it.  Then again, I’m only relying on my eyes, ears, and following the situation.  As a psychic, this guy is privy to other insights.

I think America is losing a lot of its core base values that it was founded upon…

You know what’s not a great idea?  Having an ignorant Canadian come on your news show to talk about American history.

I would suggest getting a representative from the state of Rhode Island instead, but it turns out they don’t know much about it either.

Try going to Iraq or Iran and telling them the way they’re running things isn’t working and you want to be looked after because of your simple little beliefs.  It isn’t going to work out.

You mean those places that have a state religion, so you’re not allowed to worship in any way other than in the way the state decrees?  Yeah, that sounds pretty shitty.  Let’s not emulate them, ok?

Then the host gives this closer.

Well you can’t please everybody and everybody has a different opinion…

You can’t please everybody, true.  And yes, everybody has an opinion.  Some of those opinions, such as the opinions of the psychic you invited onto your show, suck.  Immensely.  They do not incorporate the facts and so they serve as a substitution for reason and research, rather than being the result of them.

So if we can’t please everybody, how about we please the people who are abiding by the law and those who have defensible positions?  Seems much better than the alternative.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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