Saturday, November 11, 2006

What To Do, What To Do...

I have nothing but profound respect for people who stand up for what they believe in. That respect from me is earned when:
  • The belief is one that is at the core of one's very being
  • The motive is sincere
  • The "standing up" is a legitimate reaction to a threat to that belief
  • It is not an "attention getting" device.

Micheal Newdow filed a Federal lawsuit in 2002 to stop his daughter from being forced to recite the Pledge Of Allegiance in her classroom. He claimed his 5 year old daughter was "offended" by the phrase "One Nation, Under God". Yeah. Ok. Mike Newdow was a run-of-the-mill, mediocre human being who was out for his 15 Minutes Of Fame, and couldn't figure out how else to do it, so he tried riding on the shoulders of his 5 year old daughter. The Court said he had no legal standing because he was not the custodial parent of the child. Thanks Mike, see ya!

See, as much as the country disliked Madalyn Murray O'Hair, (the one who essentially got prayer banned from the classroom) there had to be a little respect for the way she held fast to her beliefs. I mean she was a screw-ball (she lied that her son was being beaten in school for refusing to pray-son said "NOT") who might have been looking for a little time in the spotlight (she applied for Soviet Citizenship, but was denied...they're not stupid over there), but she really had to be a strong person to withstand the barrage that came her way over the whole issue. She stood her ground, because she really believed in what she was fighting for.

I didn't like her, but I did respect her.

The latest flurry is coming from some college out in California, Orange Coast College.Student Government Leaders decided to "ban" the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings, because they feel there is no need to publicly swear loyalty to God or the US Government.

I'd love to discuss this with intelligence and decorum. But you know what? This is still the United States of America, and since there is still freedom of speech, I'm gonna do it my way.

My friends at Orange Coast are full of it. They're not making a name for themselves in any conventional manner, so they go the "Hey look at us! We're worthless, but we're loud" route. They hide behind the protection afforded them by the government that they show no allegiance to. But they're not standing up for a belief, they're not championing some Noble Cause. They're gunning for attention, pure and simple. And they did it on Veteran's Day.

This my opinion:

"Hey Hot Shots, you're just plain losers. No one said you have to recite the Pledge. You're just looking for attention that you haven't otherwise been able to gain. You vote to 'ban' others from doing so at your meetings. Something a little hypocritical there, I just can't put my finger on it."

If I thought that these "students" were standing up for something, that they were really behind what they believed in, I'd either support them or shut my mouth. I just really loathe con artists who make a mockery of the rights that they've been granted in the very country they refuse to pledge allegiance to. All to draw attention to otherwise insignificant existences. I just wonder how many of these "students" are attending Orange Crush School on the Government's dime.

Insincerity is really offensive. Wonder if I could sue?


  1. Succinctly stated. People like Newdow give atheists a bad name. Quite frankly, there are far more important battles to be fought before anyone should worry about the fact that it say, "In God we trust" on the dollar bill. I mean, he's not wrong to object to it, but you've nailed him for what he really is. Maybe we'll all get lucky and his fifteen minutes will be up soon.

  2. Anonymous4:48 PM

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  3. Anonymous12:38 PM

    I too think one should stand up for beliefs (I do it all the time).

    However, that Mike Newdow guy went way too far. It's one thing to tell your daughter not to participate; it's another to try and have it banned from schools. This country was founded by men who strongly believed in God and believed that He played a role in our defeat of the British and breaking free from their control (we had a lot stacked against us); and thus start a new nation. I am a very religious person and it offends ME when people gripe about it. [BTW, the "F" word made me squirmish:)]

    Don't even get me started about people wanting to get rid of nativity scenes.....

    Freedom of speech is a right and privilege; but with it comes responsibility and consequences. The California college students went way too far.....they should be kicked out of school.

  4. I do agree with the idea of HOW someone presents their opinion as being very well as why. (I like "Hot Shot"
    However, I do believe in the separation of church and's just a conflict with "freedom of speech" sometimes.



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