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Was I being naïve again?

Recently, I called Michigan’s SB 637 “a wasteful, GOP-crafted distraction.” The proposed law would,

…ENSURE THAT EACH PUPIL IN EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL IT OPERATES IS REQUIRED TO RECITE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES EACH SCHOOL DAY.

I assumed that the legislation was just another tiresome attempt by Republicans to pander to the Christian Right while stalling efforts by President Obama to grow the economy.  Now I’m wondering if this sudden, out-of-the-blue interest in requiring children to Pledge Allegiance to the Flag every day has anything to do with the new flag:  The Cross Spangled Banner, which “contributes to the course of history and can help bring salvation to millions.”

Obviously the flag is garish (resembling something that I’d whip up in photoshop as a joke, frankly); there’s no doubt that dragging this thing into the classroom would be unconstitutional; but, given the unfathomable hubris of Christian Nationalists, who knows how it’ll be used.  We do know that “the idea for the flag was motivated by 2 Chronicles 7:14,”

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

To read more, see Christian Post: ‘Cross Spangled Banner’ to Reawaken Forgotten Virtues of America.

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From Friendly Atheist’s, “This is why we can’t have nice things, America,” my first response was the same as commenter Steve’s:

So now we have to justify why evolution is taught? WTF?

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David Brody of Christian Broadcasting Network isn’t happy about President Obama’s announcement last night about the death of Osama bin Laden

…how about a smile? How about showing a little joy? How about a word or two saying something about how this is no doubt a happy or joyous occasion for Americans? We got nothing like that at all.

Mr. Brody has it all figured out though.

It’s because his speech wasn’t so much aimed at Americans. He was being careful of how the “Arab Street” would interpret his remarks. Any hint of gloating or happiness might be rubbing it in the face of some of the crazies in the Arab World and heaven forbid we get them upset! How dare we Americans look like we’re celebrating his death! The travesty of it all! Give me a break.

Wow.  WWJD?  Par-tay, apparently.

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The cowardly Bryan Fischer at American Family Association is at it again.

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Did you know that HSLDA is having a video ad contest?  I don’t know what they plan to do with the videos or where they hope to air them (Christian TV networks I presume), but you can vote for your favorite video at HSLDA — and/or in my poll below.  :D


1.  Old Time


2.  Same Day


3.  HSLDA Case: 8521


4.  Hope on the Horizon


5.  Homeschoolers Who Lived in a Shoe


6.  HSLDA Scent


7.  Are You Protected?



Of course, while I was over at HSLDA, I accidentally clicked on – and cast a vote for! – entry #1 which features the “mom” who leaves her toddler unattended on the stairs while she’s preoccupied with the social worker.  Oy.

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Well, I’m not sure exactly, but here are my four best guesses before my morning coffee.

1.  Our lovely beaches

2.  Our Housewives

3.  Our local celebrities

4.  Our Republicans Party officials and elected leaders who send racist emails like the latest featuring an altered photo depicting President Barack Obama as an ape???

Sent Friday afternoon by party central committee member Marilyn Davenport, it was captioned, “Now you know why no birth certificate.”

Asked if she thought her email was inappropriate, she said,

Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.

(She has “friends who are black.”  Heck, she has probably even eaten dinner in homes of black people!)

Of course, as reported by our local paper this morning, “this is the third charge of racism among Orange County’s conservative-leaning political community in recent history.”

Shortly after President Obama’s inauguration, Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose forwarded an email of the White House with a watermelon patch imposed as a White House garden.

Before that, a local councilman Dick Nichols said he was voting against putting in more grass at Corona del Mar’s beach because there were already “too many Mexicans on the beach.”

Oh, Orange County.  Maybe after my coffee I’ll think of more examples.

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