God Is Like a Jumping Cactus Spike: Easy to Get In, Nearly Impossibly Difficult to Get Out

Posted: November 15, 2014 in politics, religion
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I spent Christmas with my brother who was in Scottsdale, AZ two years ago. We went walking and through a process I won’t get into, I was injected with Screaming Barbs of Eternal Torment. AKA, jumping cactus spines. These are ridiculously difficult to get out because the entire shaft is made of miniature arrowhead-like projections such that they are simple to get in, but they will rip things to shreds coming out. I still have the scars.

God is like that when injected into government on things like money, the national motto, or the pledge of allegiance (FYI, we’re one of the only countries that have a pledge of allegiance that students repeat with religious fervor every day for 13 years): Once it’s there, getting it out is nearly impossible and a political non-starter.

This is despite “Poll: 34% of Americans Want God Out of Pledge.” Hmmmm.

Well, top-rated comment by “Pi10107” smells conspiracy: “Look who did the polling. It is a scam by the atheists. Notice how they claimed that the number of those claiming to be Christians was 666. A little too obvious. Atheists will lie, cheat, steal, etc. to get God out of everything. Guess what, atheists. God will still be around no matter what you do.”

I’m actually okay with that. And that’s the whole point of God not being in government: You can still believe in your god as much as you want, just don’t shove it in everyone elses’ face.

Surprisingly, “Doug Indeap” has the second-highest-rated comment:

The government’s addition of the words “under God” to the pledge of allegiance in 1954 and adoption of “In God we trust” as a national motto in 1956, were mistakes, which should be corrected. Under our Constitution, the government has no business proclaiming that “we trust” “In God.” Some of us do, and some of us don’t; each of us enjoys the freedom to make that choice; the government does not and should not purport to speak for us in this regard. Nor does the government have any business calling on its citizens to voice affirmation of a god in any circumstances, let alone in the very pledge the government prescribes for affirming allegiance to the country. The unnecessary insertion of an affirmation of a god in the pledge puts atheists and other nonbelievers in a Catch 22: Either recite the pledge with rank hypocrisy or accept exclusion from one of the basic rituals of citizenship enjoyed by all other citizens. The government has no business forcing citizens to this choice on religious grounds, and it certainly has no business assembling citizens’ children in public schools and prescribing their recitation of the pledge–affirmation of a god and all–as a daily routine.

Couldn’t’ve said it better myself. Though perhaps a bit more concisely.

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