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Article ID: 4572
Age Group: Adult
Posted: August 28th. 2000
Wren's Bird Call 5
Wren's Bird Call of The Week is a chitter of discontent as the air fills with the sound of feathers rustling. Lots and lots of feathers. And lots and lots of rustling. It's getting pretty darn loud in here. What's going on? Oh, it's just those pesky Pagans being forced to leave the room... and the football stadium... and anywhere else that they are 'free to exit' if they just don't happen to want to bow their heads in prayer and their knees in homage to a god not their own. And while they're out in the parking lot congratulating each other on taking a stand against religious tyranny, the leaders of the Christian Prayer Pack are probably stealing their good seats on the 50 yard line.
Since the Court ruling in Sante Fe case made it clear that planned, student led prayers at school events were a violation of the separation of church and state, the outraged radical Christians in the United States have been up in arms. They are planning pro-prayer rallies complete with cute little mottoes like. "We Still Pray And We Don't Care About You, Heathen!" Since this proved to be just a tad too long for the average bumper sticker-except for the fenders on Daddy's Lincoln or Mommy's Navigator-they have simply shortened it to, "We Still Pray'. So do a lot of other religious people, what's your point?
Their point is that somewhere along the tow-the-Religious Right-agenda-line, some people in America got the stupendously brilliant idea to steal, borrow or otherwise abscond with all the good words for all of the good things and apply for a trademark on them. (I suspect Ralph Reed, myself.) Now all of the good words- such as prayer and morality and ethical and, well, the word good itself-are considered to be the exclusive property of their little religious coup. The words that they didn't really like all THAT much-such as tolerance, open-mindedness, liberal (gasp!)- they have turned into negative religious slurs.(Or maybe they are just easier to say through cynically curled lips or something.)
Now, I happen to think that mean people suck. So do rude people. It is just plain mean and incredibly rude to not only ignore the feelings of your neighbors in the stands, but to actually be PROUD of the fact that you are doing it goes beyond any religious tenets that most Americans can be comfortable with. To actually PLAN to hurt and offend someone else of another faith can be summed up in a word, too. A very ugly word. I wonder if these folks will be as eager to lay claim to that one.
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