Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

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Political (and Religious) Foolishness du Jour

Thanks to cellio for the heads-up on this one.

Just when I think that the nonsense has slowed down, along comes another one. The latest is one of those pieces that is harmful less on a practical than a symbolic level: a bill now before the House calling for a national day of prayer and fasting for the war in Iraq.

This is wrong on so many levels. It is religiously naive and parochial, taking a very specific practice and asserting that it is universal. Any day that is chosen to going to step on a lot of people's toes, economically and religiously. And it's explicitly religious to its core, so it has no business coming before Congress in the first place. The underlying sentiment is a fine one, and if the members of the House were going and personally urging people to pray I'd think it a fine action. But turning it into law is abhorrent.

Folks have been saying that they want to be able to make a difference -- here's one way. Write to your congressman, and get this foolishness shot down. This is the kind of softball bill that often passes because a small minority are pushing it very hard, and the politicians think no one else is paying attention. Make it clear that yes, we are watching what they do, and care. And spread the word...

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