The ACLU Who Stole Christmas

December 2, 2005 at 5:40 PM | Posted in News and politics | 5 Comments
You have the right to be offended.
In fact, expect it.
No one has every said that everything in society would be constructed in such a way that all speech, all media, all signage, all thought, all communication will be completely pleasing and bland to all people. There are offensive things in life. Can you agree with me on that? In the universe there are many things that offend me. How do I have the right to demand that they not exist in my sight?
In this country, we have been given certain rights. Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness? Sure. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion,
freedom of press, freedom to assemble? Check, check and check. Right to keep and bear arms? Mostly, I guess.
And some of these rights overlap. For instance, the freedom of speech is closely related to the freedom to assemble, and freedom of the press. But these rights should not cancel each other out, should they? What is the overriding freedom? Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or separation of church and state?
Waaaiit a minute–that’s not really a "right" now is it? Or is it? Everyone talks about the establishment clause of the constitution.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, orprohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

What about the second part of that first clause? "–Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"
This is Straight from the document itself. What is the context? What do they mean? What did they mean? How shall this be interpreted? How can the government be expected to do things in a manner that doesn’t "offend" it’s people? It can’t possibly. Have you seen your tax withholding? What could be more offensive than that? There are too many people, all of them, each with a different set of beliefs, understandings, and morals. To think that all public (i.e., "government") communication of any kind can and
must be crafted to avoid offending someone is not only completely ludicrious but also very obviously impossible. This is not a sterile,
contact-free, perfect society made of drones and automatons. I submit that the same liberties our citizens have, the government should have also.
And specifically they mean offended in the manner that they say it shows the government promoting one religion over others. I’ll even give you that right now, for the sake of arguement, even though I don’t believe it, and I’ll explain why later. But suppose it is true. Suppose it does show the government supporting one religion over another. What religions are being included, and what religions are being excluded? Well, obviously, it supports Christianity in most of it’s myriad forms, and excludes the rest, like Judeasm, Islam,
Buddhism, atheism, and so forth. Terrible, terrible, terrible.
  First of all, 85% or more of this country considers themselves Christian.  That doesn’t make us a Christian nation, though, does it? No, but it does give us a long, rich history of following Christian traditions. People from foreign lands who come to this country to make a life for themselves know that beforehand. Many of the Christmas traditions that we have today are actually an amalgam of the traditions from different cultures.
They do not come here and expect this land to cater to their every cultural piccadillo; they know there will be an adjustment. They also know there will be acceptance, regardless of the "overwhelming" Christian culture. Can someone honestly come here from another country and demand that WE change to suit THEM? How does that work again?
If I went to Saudi Arabia and demanded that my religion be respected, the best I could hope for is that the parts of my body be returned to my family.
And if you are already a citizen, born and raised, and you belong to some bizarre cult, or no religion at all–and you feel excluded. Well. I don’t know what to say, except it was your choice. We all drive down the right side of the road here. You want to drive on the left. You are S.O.L. We still have all the freedoms guaranteed for you, but if you feel excluded, that’s too bad. It doesn’t mean you are treated differently. Unless you are trying to change OUR traditions to suit YOU. Then I have a problem. Get your own traditions, and leave mine alone. Let the people, even the people in government, who are just people, have their traditions.
  Michael Newdow, the newest famous atheist, has a problem with all of this. He feels excluded because he’s an atheist. Therefore he wants to make all of us atheist. He may say differently, but I believe he is lying. Who knows? Well, you certainly can’t deny that he is an asshole. If he claims to have some moral center, from his actions we can determine that it isn’t a good one. He claims he can’t get elected because he’s an atheist. Well, that blows open the entire thesis: The rest of us, the majority of us, are religious, and we will vote for people with religious convictions. The majority rules. It’s not because he’s an atheist he can’t get elected; it’s because he is a whack-job with whom it is statistically proveable that hardly anyone agrees with. You’re upset because you’re an atheist and all the money says "Under God"? If I were you, I’d be more upset about my eventual burning in Hell. That’s just me. Go piss up a rope.
  I mean, it is an obvious attempt, a blatant attack on not only Christmas, but Christians. how did some tiny minority get so loud and vocal and powerful? They–whoever "they" are, just want everything to be inclusive.  That’s why we have a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. Wait a  minute. What other "holiday" is a tree used for? Or a stocking? Why would you call it a holiday tree, or holiday stocking? What other freakin’ holiday does that? Atheist? Have a freakin Atheist parade. Can I have my Christian float in that parade? How come? You’re not being inclusive.
  How come when the gays and lesbians have a parade, I can’t have my anti-gay float in the parade? You’re not supporting all views.
For instance, I just went to the Christmas parade. I hope it wasn’t a holiday parade–I dont think so. Someone offended by it because it excluded them? Have your own freakin parade!
  Does the Veteran’s day parade include Easter? Does the Fourth of July celebration include Columbus Day? Make your own celebration! You are completely free to do that! Nobody showed up to your atheist parade? Maybe now you know what kind of support you have. Or maybe they just didn’t believe you were really having one. Continue to do what you want, just don’t block traffic.
  Much like the supporters of pornography who hide behind free speech, what’s sauce for the goose–You don’t have to participate. No one is forcing you. Aaah–ahh–what about–what about —government sponsorship? eh? eh?  Gotcha there! What about that! Huh?
Yeah, sit there with a smug look on your face. But you are still wrong.  It’s an accommodation. To the Majority. Of the population. It’s what every one wants. Except you.  People need to understand that organizations like the ACLU, under the noble guise of protecting minority rights are actually trying to chip away and erode the rights and traditions and freedoms of the majority of
Americans, essentially trying to instill fascism–where the minority controls the majority and limits its freedoms. Somehow, "not being offended" has become an unwritten amendment to the constitution? This is the same group that claims pornography is a right, no matter how offensive it is.
  It is not establishing a religion. The post office didn’t take down the flag and put up a cross, for crying out loud. You are not denied
government jobs, grants, benefits, et cetera, based on religion. You are not commanded to gather each Sunday morning or face expulsion. Other countries without established religions still celebrate as traditions of the people. Does the majority still rule, or not? Isn’t that the whole idea of democracy what the majority wants? The minority opinion is not the rule.  If you are in the minority, you should understand that. Fume, if you like.
  The fact that 85+% of the population is Christian means that our believes and our sensibilities must be respected.
If you live in this society, where we have all been taught tolerance and acceptance–why is suddenly the majority practicing their traditions that they have always practiced become verbotten? What is this offense and exclusion that the minority suddenly feels? This didn’t exist a few years ago. It is a made-up mallady, a fallacious illness.
  But I have an idea. I know how to let everyone feel included. A new holiday, a feel-good celebration for the people. Not everyone, just the offended ones. Let’s have a holiday for all the offended people, say in June, call it Atheists, ACLU, and Assholes Day, and let them have a parade, exchange gifts, and put up decorations. Stores can have sales.
  I will not be offended by being left out of it.
  In fact, I may receive a few Asshole Day gifts.
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  1. dude, i\’m the dude that wrote the stuff about hating stuff, like zombies… who are you, dude?sincerely,that one dude that hates stuff

  2. I just surfed some blogs, looking for interesting titles, in English, and check them out. I figure if I want people to read mine, I have to go out and read others, ya know? Yours looked interesting. The typical blog is a 14 year old girl who writes about how she loves her boyfriend one day, and doesnt understand him the next day. I guess those are for a very select readership (other 14 year old girls). But other people have something interesting to say, and I\’m in, at least for a little while.I\’ve talked to and read blogs of people in Lithuania, New Jersey, Oregon, and England. It reminds me of, back in the old days, talking to people all over the world on Ham radio, which I remember my father doing.

  3. well I can see I will visiting you often :)…..and of course str8 people can visit my blog…..many of em enjoy entering my crazy world LOL

  4. hi there. I couldn\’t make it to the end of this post – though your writing is quite readable 🙂 – and I wouldn\’t comment on the old ones – cause I usually don\’t notice when someone comments on my old posts. I just stopped by to thank you for leaving a comment at my page. When I grow up (that is, make it to sixty…) I want to play violin

  5. nah, that IS a good post. I have a desire to quote you but there\’s not much hope that anyone would read you there, at my page :)Also, I have a feeling that this comedy with the minority rights and all the around-religion dance are a) purely artificial and b) purely American…The aforementioned Mr. Newdow is almost a neighbor to me. His noble daring (stress whichever word you like best :)) is , most likely, fueled by revenge to his Christian ex-wife…Everything so personal and unrepresentative.


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