You may remember a year ago or so a report that the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security had been required to pay lip service to Almighty God “as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth” (Kentucky is one of, I believe, four Commonwealths in this country). My first reaction, albeit an uninformed one, was: Since when does a state have a separate Office of Homeland Security? I thought the “homeland” was the entire US, not just one state. So if the Homeland of Kentucky is preparing a defense against outside aggression, exactly who do they fear? Tennessee? Indiana? But I digress.
Last Wednesday the law that required this was struck down by a Kentucky Judge, as a violation of the Constitution’s proscription against the Establishment of Religion. According to Judge Thomas Wingate:
“This is the very reason the Establishment Clause was created: to protect the minority from the oppression of the majority,” he wrote. “The commonwealth’s history does not exclude God from the statutes, but it had never permitted the General Assembly to demand that its citizens depend on Almighty God.”
That, of course is a very reasonable decision, based on the history of this country and the intent of the Founding Fathers. Of course, there are always dissenters.
State Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a Southern Baptist minister,… said Wednesday he is unhappy with the judge’s ruling. The way he wrote the law, he said, it did not mandate that Kentuckians depend on God for their safety, it simply acknowledged government without God cannot protect its citizens.
I’m having a hard time with that last sentiment. As a student of History, I’m pretty much familiar with all of the wars this country has been involved with and other threats it has had to deter, from the Revolution to the present debacle in Iraq and Afghanistan, and not once do I remember any of my history books mentioning a role of god in the defense of our country. Patriots, the Blue and Gray, The Rough Riders on San Juan Hill, Doughboys in trenches, Marines at Iwo Jima, grunts in Vietnam, and so many more men and women who formed the backbone of our multiple engagements in wars of the American Experience. But no god. Not once did god smite an enemy of ours.
Oh, sure, many of those who fought those wars believed god was on their side, but you know, so did many of the people that we vanquished. Since only one side won, did god fight himself? And why didn’t he win? So to say that our government, without god, might have a bit of a disadvantage, or in the words of Representative Riner, “government without God cannot protect its citizens”, is just not realistic, nor does it bear even a remote connection with history. This secular, godless country of ours has never been protected by god, and never needed any gods protection. We have won every war we’ve been involved in (with the exception of Vietnam – the jury’s still out on Iraq and Afghanistan, and they’re not looking good) and we’ve done it every time without the assistance of any supernatural power.
(Wait. There was Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nope. Nevermind. That was good old science that won those little battles. )
I wish these pandering politicians could be honest for once and just admit that they sponsor these laws to garner votes with their constituents, because if my representative is this ignorant (and he probably is) about history, he should not be representing me in the State House.
“I think we can all feel a little safer now,” Kagin [Edwin Kagin, a Boone County lawyer and national legal director for American Atheists] said. “The real threats to our society come from within, not without, and that includes building a theocracy here in Kentucky.”
Now compare that with one of the comments of a citizen of Kentucky:
kentucky citizens need to hang this Judge.
Or how about this?
America will not force a religion on you but on that same coin you have NO Right, NO RIGHT, NO RIGHT WHATSOVER to force America to abandon its CHRISTIANITY for you.
This Country was NOT founded on atheism and you have NO RIGHT to force it on America.
Here is a much better solution for you athesists, mudlims, budists and whatever alien “religion” you think you have a right to import into this CHRISTIAN Nation:
You have the Right to leave and live in a Country that does not follow God but you have NO RIGHT to change my Country. The “minority” has NO RIGHT to force their crap on the majority.
I do beleive there will be war and I cannot wait. I so look forward to the final battle because God always wins!
Don’t you just love the clear contrast between reason and religion?