Monday, July 19, 2010

Fail Quote of the Day: Again, the US is not a Christian country

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Vandalized atheist billboard: “One Nation Indivisible [← Under God]”
Vandalized atheist billboard

ABC News has a generally good article up about the atheist billboards going up in North Carolina that read “One Nation, Indivisible”, a throwback to the original wording of the Pledge of Allegiance before the superfluous “Under God” was added in 1954 as part of the Commie-fearing craze. However, as usual, they just had to get some soundbites from the other side, those who are opposed to atheists setting up billboards reminding folks of their country’s secular origins. And so we hear from Rev. Ralph Sexton of Trinity Baptist Church:

"The biggest thing that bothered me as a person of faith was I thought, at best, it was disingenuous. ... Our very Constitution, our law system, everything is built upon the word of God," Sexton said.

Sexton disagreed with the assertion that having those words on U.S. currency and in the Pledge of Allegiance made atheists feel left out.

"It's political correctness gone amok. Silliness," he said.

Sexton's digital messages will remain for a month.

"We are a people of faith. We are a nation that is built on Christian principles and we need to make sure our children, our grandchildren, our teenagers, our young adults, know what we're really all about," he said.

It’s almost as if these religiots simply refuse to learn the basic history of the very country whose principles they claim to defend. (And, of course, don’t expect journalists, such as the one behind this piece, to point out the falseness of such statements.) Once again: No, the United States’ Constitution and law system, as with anything else, are not based upon any religious foundation or principles, including Christianity. This is made quite clear in the very founding document Sexton just mentioned, in addition to many other public declarations from the Founding Fathers wherein they explicitly deny the notion that the US is, in any way, based upon Christianity or any other religion. (See the explicit statement in the Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11.)

Also, it’s now a sign of “silliness” that some US citizens protest the presence of explicit declarations of faith in a deity that they don’t believe in on their national pledges and currency? Maybe Sexton should tell that, not only to nonbelievers, but also to religious folks of other creeds (such as Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc.) who also don’t believe in the Christian God. Ask them if they also feel that it’s “silly” that they feel excluded from the country and people they love by direct mentions to a supernatural being that, by its very nature, forcibly separates them from the rest based on only their religious beliefs.