Thursday, June 27, 2002

I rather like this bit on Vaara's blog about this whole pledge flap:

Memorize the following and repeat daily for 12 years, whether you believe it or not:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the Islamic Caliphate of America, and to the theocracy for which it stands, one umma under Allah, indivisible, with hijabs and sharia for all. And Muhammad (pbuh) is His prophet."

Now you know what it's like to be an atheist in America.

True 'nuff, but let's be honest here... the United States is one of the most religious first-world countries out there... can that atheist guy who started all this really think that he would get away with this without a great hue and cry over God being pulled from anything at all involved with the United States? This is the country that (up until very recently) had a campaign going on to install the ten commandments into public schools, despite that being an absolutely clear violation of the seperation of church and state. There is about a thousand-to-one ratio of fervent religious believers to militant atheists in the United States, and as long as that remains the case, "God" is going to sprout up everywhere in government and the United States will continue to have a de facto state religion, whether it's constitutional or not.

(Personally, I'm just hoping that it doesn't start persecuting other religions. Considering the widening rhetoric against certain forms of Islam, however, I wouldn't bet money on that should another attack happen on American soil.)

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