Archive for Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Religious equality

October 6, 2009


To the editor:

In his Oct. 3 column on crosswords, misplaced objects and health care reform, Garrison Keillor couldn’t resist slipping in a complete non sequitur, dismissively complaining about an upcoming Supreme Court wrangle over a Christian cross war memorial in Mojave National Preserve. While factually sloppy (the cross is of tubular metal, not plywood) Keillor’s digression is most obnoxious for his claim that the issue “doesn’t make a dime’s worth of difference to anybody whomsoever.”

Tell that to millions of non-Christians who consider the national parks their parks too, who fought and died in our nation’s wars, who daily are reminded by Christian Americans that they remain an ignored or slandered population in too many official observances. Tell those for whom the cross represents not a message of good news and hope, but a history of brutality, superstition and bigotry. Tell the high-ranking retired military officers, the Jewish and Muslim veterans organizations and various civil rights groups who join the ACLU in affirming that no religion deserves the endorsement of secular government, or exclusive access to public lands.

Maybe the First Amendment is trivial to Keillor, compared to paying for gallbladder operations and birth control, but I suspect our national discourse can address both priorities. Good health care should be for every American, but so should religious equality. Perhaps someday both will be, if those retrograde, smug and shrieking old folks Keillor grouses about, and sadly exemplifies, get out of the way and stick to hunting their glasses and car keys.


Paul R Getto 8 years, 7 months ago

Religious 'equality' means religious neutrality. Parks belong to all of us. Besides it would get messy when all the other religions get their monuments next to the old rugged cross. How about a statute of the Flying Spagetti Monster?

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 7 months ago

This dude must have had a bad church experience. He is obsessed with religion.

smarty_pants 8 years, 7 months ago

"Bless his noodly appendages!"

In the name of the Ziti, Penne, and Macaroni. Ramen, brother, Ramen sister!!! :-))))

MrShades 8 years, 7 months ago

Bruce, We all have religious equality. You have the right to ignore my beliefs, I have the right to ignore yours. We are doing our part, how about you?

Boosh 8 years, 7 months ago

ONE of my favorites posts on this site...

RETICENT_IRREVERENT (Anonymous) says...

"Damn atheists. I can handle the agnostics, but the atheists can go to hell."

Jimo 8 years, 7 months ago

Despite Mr. Springsteen's false outrage, I doubt he nor any of these millions would ever have had cause to know, let alone be offended, of this item but for the welcoming arms of misplaced priorities, here, judicial.

That said, the park service should no more allow a cross to be erected on public land than for someone to construct a casino or a smelting plant. Knock it down and move on. Congress shouldn't be micromanaging the parks for the benefit of only a few.

jonas_opines 8 years, 7 months ago

If you ever took the time to define the "you people" in your head as the actual people here, you'd figure it out.

Left_handed 8 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, j.o., but you're all wet. I'm one of the 'actual people here', and I'm with Marion on this one. Maybe you're the one who needs to do the figuring out.

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