So I'm on the American Family Association mailing list. It's basically for 'know your enemy' type purposes. I sometimes like to see what kind of things they're fighting against, because they're usually things I'm FOR and would like very much to help happen. I've even written some emails to senators and such praising or encouraging gay-friendly actions, with the AFA's own email form. I'm such a rebel.
Anyway, one of their recent letters is about a Hindu chaplain who was going to open the Senate with a Hindu prayer. The AFA email says it will be the first Hindu prayer ever said to open the Senate, and claims it's horrible because Hinduism is polytheistic, and that goes against everything the Constitution was written for (monotheism being, of course, what's scattered throughout most of our most precious pieces of history). The part that made me laugh, though, was this quote from a report on onenewsnow.com, from a Christian historian (I didn't know that was a job O_o) named David Barton:Barton says given the fact that Hindus are a tiny constituency of the American public, he questions the motivation of Senate leaders. "This is not a religion that has produced great things in the world," he observes."You look at India, you look at Nepal -- there's persecution going in both of those countries that is gendered by the religious belief that is present there, and Hindu dominates in both of those countries."
AHAHAHAHA. Because no countries run by primarily Christian people EVER persecuted or harmed ANYONE, in the history of EVER. And no other religion in the world ever did anything right, either, only the various sects of Christianity.
Why does anyone still listen to stuff like this? [sigh]
ETA: OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE! I was just poking around Suicide Girls checking out some interesting articles after reading Warren Ellis's Sunday Hangover, and I found THIS
. I truly never believed they would have taken it this far. It's one thing to decry the 'abomination' before it happens, but to actually do this WHILE the poor man was trying to lead everyone in PRAYER?! I just have no words for this. I really don't.
ETA(Some more): The person who posted this is awesome. It makes me feel better about the way I've always thought the Constitution and our country was founded, with all that lovely stuff like the separation of church and state and freedom from persecution and all that jazz. I was almost starting to think I'd made it all up. http://chicora.org/founding_fathers_and_religion.htm