Thursday, September 09, 2004

Now, Be Kind
Thought you mind enjoy this little coloring book from the humanists' website. I found interesting the page with the lesson, "Be nice and fair to everyone, including people who are different from you," especially when compared to the collection of buttons they have for sale. Here are a few quotes:

"Buck Fush"
"Back Stabbing Trash Talking B**ch Slapping Christian"
"Bush is a dumba**"
"Make the scary Republican go away"
"Somewhere in Texas there is a ranch missing an a**"
"All religions are fairy tales"
"A village in Texas has lost its idiot"
"Daddy's little war criminal" (with photo of George W.)
"Back off! I'm allergic to Republicans"
"Christians should stay out of politics or be taxed"
"Compassionate conservatism is an oxymoron George Bush is just a moron"
"Bush Satan 2004"
"Guilt, fear & Mass Insanity. 3 Cheers for Christianity!"
"I've got nothing against God, it's his fan club I can't stand"
"It's your hell, you burn in it"
"Stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow-minded, bigoted a**hole."

So, children, learn your lessons well. Treat everyone nicely WITH THE EXCEPTION of Republicans and those who believe in God. Don't ask questions, they will only confuse you with their silly talking. But, understand, you must be nice to everyone else. Okie Dokie?

Of course, the whole website brings up several questions about resolving inconsistency. For one thing, humanists seem to hate Christians, but they love Kerry. Have they heard he is Catholic??? And humanists elevate the idea that each person should think for herself (humanists like that feminist talk), but you better not even consider the idea of being humanist AND Republican. They'd have to tar and feather you. Oh, wait, they don't like that stuff, either. No tar, no feathers....oh, I know....they would belittle you and demean you. They'd call you "a**hole" or "narrow-minded." That should keep you quiet!!

My favorite line is, "Christians should stay out of politics or be taxed." Okay, let's take a look at this one. First of all, I didn't know I was exempt from taxation!! Wow, I should get a big refund, then, shouldn't I??

Okay now, why is it that Christians should stay out of politics? Ah, yes, because our views are different than those of the humanists. Right? But humanists don't believe in God or gods, so why are Christians (not Buddhists of Muslims or Jews) singled out for this button? Was it just easier to fit on the button? (wait, they did manage to get a lot of words on that last button) Would the wearer of this button argue that nobody who believes in God should be involved in politics? Well, if so, that is shocking indeed. If the wearer is simply speaking out against Christians, all I can say is, "Where is the humanist acceptance of diffeing views?" I just don't get it.

Perhaps the button is really directed at organized church involvement in politics. Well, churches who operate as non-profit entities may not engage in political speech (see IRS Publication 1828). But then again, no other non-profit entities may engage in political speech, including those the humanists embrace. So, once again, what is the point?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The humanists certainly have a problem with comma splices and run-on sentences. . .

Example from the coloring pages: "Test claims against reality, don't let others tell you what is true and don't jump to conclusions.

Angi L.

5:41 PM, September 09, 2004  
Blogger Dan Lovejoy said...

I would say to the humanists: Test your grammar against Strunk & White. Or an eighth-grade English teacher. Whatever.

Humanism is just another religion - a godless one, but nevertheless requires just as much faith.

9:25 PM, September 09, 2004  

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