No Free Passes for Bullshit!

Our local paper here in Bumblefuck, Arkansas, like any other paper, prints opinion columns.  Here is one that is fairly representative of the common fare.

Unmatched freedoms

John Brummett’s column about holiday greetings and Christmas again brings up what I believe to be his real agenda, which is the liberal left’s war on Christians and their attempt to change this nation into a secular heathen country much like those in western Europe.

Even though, in my opinion, Brummett and Barack Obama do not believe we are a Christian nation, the fact is we were founded as a Christian nation based on biblical principles but with freedom no other country has—including freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

Those who want to say “Happy Holidays.” that is their protected right, but don’t rob the rest of us of celebrating the most joyous day of the year.

Remember, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.

RICK BRUNNER

Like any other paper, our local paper allows for rebuttals.  My father wrote another one.

RICK BRUNNER says, “….the fact is we were founded as a Christian nation based on biblical principles….”.

This isn’t a “fact” at all. And Brunner calling it one doesn’t make it one. The only biblical principles this nation was founded on are the same principles the bible holds in common with every other society on the planet, such as thou shalt not murder. I defy Brunner or anyone else to state a specific list of these exclusively biblical principles our country was founded upon. It certainly wasn’t the first several of the ten commandments such as no other gods, no graven images, no blasphemy, keeping the Sabbath. Where are these biblical principles in our founding documents? Here is a “fact” for him: in light of these commandments, our nation was obviously and decidedly NOT founded on biblical principles!

Not only is Brunner’s claim not a fact, it is absolute nonsense!

He also says, “….with freedom no other country has—including freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”

First, the Constitution says neither “freedom of religion” nor “freedom from religion”. Second, you cannot have freedom of religion without including the possibility of freedom from religion. The idea that you can is a delusional semantic game.

He also says, “Those who want to say “Happy Holidays.” that is their protected right, but don’t rob the rest of us of celebrating the most joyous day of the year.”

Mr. Brunner, who is stopping you from celebrating Christmas and how are they doing that? Someone wishing you “Happy Holidays” because they celebrate New Years also and can count to two doesn’t inhibit you in any fashion from celebrating. I’m afraid what you want is recognition and obeisance for your preferred religion, and when everyone doesn’t pony up for you, you have a little tantrum like….well, this one.

RICK BRUNNER says, “….the fact is we were founded as a Christian nation….”.

What an insult to our founding fathers!  After months of argument, deliberation, and crafting the Constitution, the document that created this alleged “Christian nation”, they accidently forgot to mention God, Jesus, Yahweh, Jehovah, or anything else AT ALL Christian?!?

That is a pretty major OOPS!!, isn’t it?  “Oh, Gee, we founded a Christian nation but somehow didn’t put anything about Christianity into the document that formed the nation.  How ever could we have made this oversight?”

Anyone who believes we were “founded as a Christian nation” is someone who is willing to lie not only others, but also to himself. Anyone that delusional is borderline scary.

I would love it if every time someone opened their mouth publicly to spread this kind of nonsense if someone unafraid of societal penalties clouded up and rained on them like this.  No free passes for bullshit!

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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