I know I said I was done with the fundamentally retarded Ground-Zero-Mosque-which-isn’t-at-Ground-Zero-and-isn’t-only-a-mosque story. But this was just too good to resist.
Watch in amazement as Karen McKay uses just about every single silly Christian fabrication in history in support of her position.
ABCNews.com, reporting on the recent White House Ramadan dinner for Muslim leaders, quoted President Barack Obama: “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
But a Greek Orthodox Church at ground zero that was destroyed on 9/11 has not been allowed to rebuild. Children are not allowed to pray on the steps of the Supreme Court. Valedictorians are forbidden to thank God. Kids are prohibited from praying in school and at football games. Local governing bodies are ordered to cease opening prayers.
A federal judge orders that a memorial cross that has stood in the Mojave Desert since 1934 to honor World War I dead be covered — an atheist driving by was offended by the religious symbol. The Alabama Supreme Court chief justice is removed from office for defying a federal judge’s order to remove a graven Ten Commandments from his courthouse.
While the God of Abraham and Moses has been forcibly ejected from the public square, we are to be tolerant of a mosque erected as a monument to the 9/11 attack on America. An international Islamic medical conference in Orlando called for Shariah law in America 25 years ago — now a U.S. judge has cited Shariah law in dismissing a case. Islamic centers in America are protected by the First Amendment despite the open support of al-Qaida by some.
Just once, I’d like to see other Christians stepping up to correct utter falsehoods like this. But here we go…
Lie #1: “But a Greek Orthodox Church at ground zero that was destroyed on 9/11 has not been allowed to rebuild.”
The whole story can be read here, but I’ll sum it up for you. This Greek Orthodox church has been trying to get the local government to not only swap their land on Ground Zero for a much bigger plot of land, but to grant them several millions of dollars in taxpayer money for the construction and security requirements.
They’re absolutely allowed to rebuild. On their own land. Without public funds. That’s what’s causing the delay. Not religious preference.
Lie #2: “Children are not allowed to pray on the steps of the Supreme Court.”
Children are absolutely allowed to pray on the steps of the Supreme Court. There was a story a while back of an officer telling some kids to stop praying on the Supreme Court steps, but the officer merely told them it was illegal when it wasn’t. It’s never been illegal in any way to pray outside a public building. So this one instance was just a simple case of an officer fucking up. Which happens often.
Lie #3: “Valedictorians are forbidden to thank God.”
Class valedictorians are absolutely allowed to thank whatever god, spirit, or other imaginary friends they want in their valedictorian speeches. It is merely forbidden for government officials (like the school board or the officiants of the graduation ceremony) to lead the audience in prayer.
This is your standard Establishment Clause. Atheists shouldn’t be the only people pointing this shit out.
Lie #4: “Kids are prohibited from praying in school and at football games.”
Kids are absolutely not prohibited from praying in school and/or at football games. What is prohibited, just like with graduation ceremonies, is teacher-led prayer in a public school classroom. Or coach-led prayer in the locker room. Public school teachers and coaches are government employees, and shouldn’t be allowed to push their religious practices on their students. Again… Establishment Clause.
It is true that “local governing bodies are ordered to cease opening prayers,” but for exactly the same reason. If our tax dollars are paying for it, it cannot respect any establishment of religion. A government official demanding that each session begin with opening prayers is the quintessential example of that. In fact, the same thing happened in the early stages of our country, when Ben Franklin proposed that each of their public meetings should begin with prayer. Even though a good number of these men were Christian, the proposition was voted down.
You know, I could go on, but the misrepresentation of reality and complete ignorance of the law are so rampant in this article, that to do so would be futile.
The facts really boil down to one underlying falsehood. The “God of Abraham and Moses” has not been forcibly ejected from the public square. It was never there to begin with, and it shouldn’t be there. Regardless of what feelings you or I have toward it, religion is a private matter, not a public one.
This is precisely why the Establishment Clause exists to begin with.
It seems as though Christians are completely incapable of expressing an opinion without displaying a complete disregard for the facts. And this is because they’re not at all interested in facts. I could write these blog posts until I’m blue in the face and weak in the joints, and people like Karen McKay will still continue to use these blatant lies to justify their point, simply because they want it to be true.
We’re not just dealing with people of a different worldview. We’re dealing with people who absolutely do not consider honesty and fact-checking to be of any importance.