Thank GOD it's Friday x
I guess we can still say this out loud?
Nobody is telling me that I can't... yet.
Such is the case until that one fine day...
when a judge deems it harassment against the atheists...
Here's interesting Jeffersonian commentary to sink your teeth into this morning,
"In our village of Charlottesville, there is a good degree of religion, with a small spice only of fanaticsm [love that]. We have four sects, but without either church or meeting-house. The court-house is the common temple, one Sunday in the month to each. Here, Episcopalian and Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist, meet together, join in hymning their Maker, listen with attention and devotion to each others' preachers, and all mix in society with perfect harmony."
Thomas Jefferson, from The 5000 Year Leap, by C.W. SkousenThe Freedom From Religion Foundation out of Wisconsin, founded '76 -- Nineteen 76, is responsible for initiating lawsuits throughout the country on behalf of the separation of church and state; and recently, as in yesterday, has nationalized a real doozy of a decision.
Now we can preserve April 15th, in the year of our Lord Twenty Ten, as a day of infamy in judicial legislation in accordance with the general rule of law, the order of the day, the safe keeping of our nation's glory -- otherwise recognized under the simplicity and sanctity and founders intentions back behind America's Constitution. For on this day, the order of the day has been fully upturned and publicly disgraced in the town square.
Sweet liberty maiden, Jurisprudence, has sunk to a whole new low.
First of all, let me offer Judge Barbara Crabb my sincere condolences -- I can't help myself, as I sit here caught up in the moment, now glaring at your last name, from not imagining the reflection of an empty vessel, drowned at sea, sitting as a host to various lower lifeforms, dark, alone, and without a remote chance for survival.
And second, just by language alone, the Freedom FROM Religion Followers (some might say Cult) should have made your response an easy one, and that being a simple no. In this country, we live by Freedom OF Religion; It is there. It lives with us part and parcel to everything there is and everything that shall be.
It's Essence is within us, It surrounds us, and is collectively within the body Of the Whole -- It already exists and we are well endowed with It -- we already possess the very nature of It's cause, for WE ARE the effect; and by all means, It is OF significance, hardly the reverse. And certainly, by their own admission, they are seeking to move away FROM something (religion), making clearly evident the belief that It already Is.
The only argument with bountiful Precedence, made Manifest everyday, is the argument for the Of's of this magnificent world, so heaven help the From's.
Her ruling states:
"A determination that the government may not endorse a religious message is not a determination that the message itself is harmful, unimportant, or undeserving of dissemination. Rather it is part of the effort to carry out the Founders' plan of preserving religious liberty to the fullest extent possible in a pluralistic society [virtue giving way to secular pluralism, interesting]..."Founders plan? Seriously? Me thinks you know noTHING about the founders, let alone their "plan" -- and besides, you would be more correct in calling it what it is, a Constitution, but I digress.
But even more than that, perhaps the political activism of the Honorable Crabb is a misguided jurisdiction suspending the free exercise of Christianity in particular?
"...Recognizing the importance of prayer to many people does not mean the government may enact a statute in support of it, any more than the government may encourage citizens to fast during the month of Ramadan, attend a synagogue, purify themselves in a sweat lodge, or practice rune magic."Can you even believe it, she compromised her own ruling! There it is...in her own words.
She painstakingly, and most likely begrudgingly, went out of her way to illuminate all the ways Americans pray; she characterized each of the pillars of theology, lined them up side by side in the light of day, gushing over the very Thing that not only makes America exceptional, but unmistakably mitigates the damages of this complaint right before our very eyes -- purely by outlining the Divine diversity in which we all share!
There are sooooooooo many ways we pray.
The "National Day of Prayer" has no religion in mind, for God's sakes; there is no endorsement of a particular prayer, nor way to pray, nor if you must. It is a non-threatening, non-binding thought for the day or moment in silence -- that's all it is.
We are a nation of one God, many Gods, or no Gods, depending on whichever way you look at it (if only the porcelain god after a night foolishly sauced by the reckless or recluse); even atheism is a theology -- it is belief system based on discussions of God, or any other religious truths, and deciding you will have none!
This whole thing is just absurd.
The rituals and practices surrounding their NoGod, the NoOneGod but themselves, somehow gives reason to litigate their way through the courts in order to crucify a harmless day of prayer, and the believers who wish to partake. While the Honorable Crabb sits upon high ground making herself an accomplice to such fraud -- allowing the non-believers to take precedence, overriding all logic, making the entire process suspect and unbelievable.
But it doesn't really matter anyway.
We've got Obama-Rama to lead us out of the darkness...have you heard about this?
When in Rome, when President of the Free World...
f*** the court [oh you naughty girl],
just make a proclamation, write an Executive Order, do whatever it takes and just cancel it altogether.
For whatever reason,
whatever shall Obama make true
today and forever more,
let it be.
And it was good.
And so it is,
So let's talk about these National Days...what about National Day of Service...there's a couple of different versions out there...like the one proclaimed after 9/11 -- on 9/11 each year, and then there is another, named after Martin Luther King on January 18th every year...what about service?
Not everyone prescribes to that.
Not everyone believes in that.
Doesn't a National Day of Service go against the selfish, narcissistic ingrates of this great nation? And surely there must be some scuttlebutt surrounding the 9/11 proclamation, American Muslims must cringe at the annual reminder of that every year.
And what about Abraham Lincoln's National Day of Fasting...I can only imagine! That went a bit too far, didn't it, asking of the people to stop eating of all things, crazy nut case of a President he was, throwing his agenda around like he runs the place? And messing with our food, oi vey! (For cultural and spiritual perspective, fasting was commonplace as a way of purifying our body and soul -- turning our self over to God as an empty vessel, to fill and make whole, with humility, in service, with thanksgiving and praise.)
But what on earth could have been going on --- to have propelled Lincoln into making such a big f**** deal over it? (forgive me Father, for I have sinned, again...I promise to pray about it later)
"And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!"The way it was, on March 30th (aka National Doctor's Day today), in the year of our Lord, Eighteen Sixty Three, as written one month before the National Day of Fasting to take place, April 30th; bare in mind, this was the age of the Civil War, not everybody wanted it, and we lost 600,000 men fighting for the rights of all men, endowed by our Creator -- from which all unalienable rights come.
At times like these, a President prayed for guidance, a nation prayed for consolation, soldiers prayed for their lives -- while those in the bonds of slavery prayed for the freedom to pray, and live, like everybody else.
"Ineffable is the union of man and God in every act of the soul. The simplest person who in his integrity worships God, becomes God; yet for ever and ever the influx of this better and universal self is new and unsearchable. Ever it inspires awe and astonishment. How dear, how soothing to man, arises the idea of God, peopling the lonely place, effacing the scars of our mistakes and disappointments! When we have broken our god of tradition and ceased from our god of rhetoric, then may God fire the heart with his presence."
Found in The Over-Soul, by Ralph Waldo Emerson.Omniscience flows throughout the world in each and every one of us; and no matter what people say or do or proclaim, Truth lives and reigns. We the People who believe in a Higher Power, a Supreme Being, Allah, Creative Genius, a Spirit Everlasting and Evermore, a loving Almighty God of all faiths and humble students, stand firm in foundation -- built upon rock no less -- undaunted by the show of ignorance or persecution of the Knowledge and Genius back behind all of life.
"As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills." As a Man Thinketh, by James AllenGoing back to the Honorable Crabb on the bench, all she really ever needed to do was make one small change:
"National Day of Prayer" has been modified; the new day, continuing now without prejudice, beginning with the first week, upon the first Thursday in May, from this day forward, is now rightfully designated the:
"National Day of Prayer, or not"
The freedom to do so with a kind and loving heart, or not, is at your whim... your price or peril.
Rest assured, those who do will pray for you.
Make it a Good Day, G