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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Is It Fair?




It appears that Texas Governor Rick Perry is that worst sort of politician - a demagogue in evangelical robes. A hooded theocrat performing under the spotlight of democracy. Of course, his recent prayer rally drew tens of thousands of supporters, all of whom would vote for him simply because he gives lip service to God. Followers yearning for a restrictive religious government simply because they can't handle or don't appreciate the freedoms granted to them by the United States Constitution.

A potential Republican candidate for president, Perry used the authority of his office to plan and promote this rally. This is the same man who considers himself sworn to the Constitution (except when it's politically advantageous for him to ignore that pesky little clause about separation of church and state). His solution for our troubled nation? Not new ideas or policy initiatives, but prayer, as if appealing to the supernatural will somehow magically cure our ills. If the U.S. is ever again under attack, I want a president who will take charge, not someone who'll crumble to his knees and cry “Oh God, now what do I do?” Besides, didn't we just have a president who was a former Texas governor? And look where that got us.

Perry even invited religious entrepreneur John Hagee, self-proclaimed leader of the Cornerstone Church, who has gone on record condemning gays, Jews and others he considers sinful. Perry's invitation can, without much effort, be seen as an endorsement of such views.

Anyone wishing to live in a theocratic state should visit Iran for a while and then report back on the amount of freedom they enjoy when religion and government climb into bed together.

So much for the tirade.

On a much, much smaller scale, here in Columbia, the River Park kayak ramp and boat ramp will once again be closed for what I assume is an annual baptism ceremony. That is, public property will be handed over temporarily for private religious ceremonies, inconveniencing those who routinely use the ramps, and calling into question the advisability of such a decision. I'm not knocking any particular religion, but I am asking, thoughtfully and sincerely, “Is it right?” and “Is it fair?”



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is not fair and not correct.
There are many bodies of water in the area that can be used for a baptism. There is no need to close a public place for a small group of people.

Cole said...

Good point. Those ramps are used daily by many boaters, canoeists, and kayakers.

Anonymous said...

Who gives permission for the baptism and the closing of the ramps? I wonder if a group of atheists wanted to splash in the water if they would be granted permission as well?? My best guess would be NO!

Cole said...

Permission was no doubt granted by our illustrious and inimitable borough council. Special allowances are made for religion, whereas atheists would probably be told: "No swimming!"

Anonymous said...

THE SATURDAY EVENT IS AN EVENT SPONSORED BY THE SUSQUEHANNA VAKLEY CHANBEROF COMMERCE.

Cole said...

Thanks. I didn't know they had the authority to shut down the ramps.
So, was I right - is it a baptismal ceremony?

Anonymous said...

I think Saturday is a biathalon or triathalon. Sunday is the baptism.

Cole said...

Thanks for that information.

Anonymous said...

Wonder whether the folks running the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce event submitted a facilities use request to use the public area; the folks who secured council permission for the baptism did complete this form, showed up and pleaded their case.

Anonymous said...

I don't recall the SVCC getting an approval from council at ANY public meeting. Good catch to the last poster!

Cole said...

Interesting . . .

Anonymous said...

Yeah, with the Columbia council, mayor and the string-puller borough manager, the only consistency is the consistent inconsistencies. You are (and you get) who you know in Columbia!

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