May 6, 2014

Freedom of religion includes not observing it

Sam Smith - Now that our post-constitutional Supreme Court has allowed prayers at secular town meetings, it may be worthwhile considering some new strategies for dealing with the Second Confederacy.

The dominant ones to date have been legal action and protests. The long underused boycott alternative seems to be gaining some steam, but there's a another tool worth checking out: have some fun with it all.

Since the court ruling may cause an explosion in the use of prayer in secular forums, here are some ways to handle it:
- As the prayer begins, walk out.

- Cough and sneeze
- Stand up and check your cellphone
- Stand and make some religious seeming movements with your arms
- Cry "Amen" and "Praise the Lord" at inappropriate moments  
- Hum

- Have someone elsewhere in the room call you on your un-airplane moded phone

- End the prayer with some loud indecipherable phrase that will make some suspect that you're Muslims.
Remember, these right-wing Christian heretics want more than anything to be taken seriously. We need to stop doing them the favor.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How about reciting words of our founders? Madison is a good start:
"Because Religion be exempt from the authority of the Society at large, still less can it be subject to that of the Legislative Body. The latter are but the creatures and vicegerents of the former. Their jurisdiction is both derivative and limited: it is limited with regard to the co-ordinate departments, more necessarily is it limited with regard to the constituents. The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.

Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entagled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much soon to forget it. Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects? that the same authority which can force a citizen to contribute three pence only of his property for the support of any one establishment, may force him to conform to any other establishment in all cases whatsoever? " (Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments---James Madison 1785)