Readers of this blog might know that I was a Boy Scout and that I am not happy with them because they ban Gays and atheists. If you don’t remember you can read that blog post here. Today I would like to talk about Barack Obama accepting the position of “honorary president” of the Boy Scouts of America.
According to this article and this one too, each president has accepted this position since 1910. This was not something I was aware of since my days in scouting. Gay and atheist activist groups had asked the president to not accept the title because of the discrimination issues with the group. He did anyways.
People who know me know that I am a huge Obama fan, but there are a few issues I disagree with him on. This is just another one to add to the list, I guess. The Boy Scouts of American needs to lose their government funding until they start accepting gays and atheists.
Since writing the blog post I wrote back in 2006 about being a Boy Scout myself, there have been some changes. I talked about if I had a son I didn’t think I would want him to join. Well, I have a son now and as of right now I would not want him to be a Boy Scout. I also have signed the petition at scoutingforall.org. I urge you to go to that site and sign the petition.
I don’t like to talk badly of a candidate in order to make another one look better. John McCain in this video speaks for himself. I saw this video on Bay-Of-Fundie.com. McCain says that this country was founded as a christian country and that a president should believe the way he does. Judge for yourself.
I finally got around to sending an email message my representitive who thinks that all Kentuckians believe in god. I think it is short and to the point. I think that he needs to know that atheists and other non-christians do live in Kentucky. Below you will find the message I sent to him. Also, my sister in law has found this bill interesting and has commented on her blog about it. She is a christian, but feels the same as I do about the bill. Check out her blog at: http://blog.myspace.com/kathryndecker
- Mr. Napier, I read about House Bill 277 in Danville’s Advocate Messenger. You were quoted in the paper saying, "Let’s vote and let the nation know we trust in God." This statement is incorrect. You are saying that everyone in the state of Kentucky believes in god. This is simply not true. I grew up in Lancaster and now live in Berea. You have been representing me in the House of Representitives for most of or all of my life. I do not think that you are representing me when you approve of a bill of this nature. I am an atheist and I think that the separation between church and state is the only way. I do not appreciate you pressing your religious beliefs on others. I think that you and the other 90 people who support this bill should resign today. Are you trying to turn this state or country into a theocracy? Have you ever heard of freedom of religion? This also means that I have freedom from religion. You are making a mockery of the state of Kentucky and I do not appreciate it. When it comes to election time again, remember that there are atheists and other non-christians in this state and we vote!
In yesterday’s edition of the Advocate Messenger there is a article about House Bill 277. This bill passed in the House of Representatives with 91 yeas, 3 nays, 0 abstained, and 5 not voting. Here is the main parts of the bill:
- AN ACT relating to the promotion of history and declaring an emergency.
- Create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 and amend KRS 7.090 to direct the Legislative Research Commission to display the national motto "In God We Trust" on the wall directly above and behind the dais of the Speaker of the House of Representatives; require the display to be consistent with the historic and patriotic display in the United States House of Representatives.
I don’t know what these people are thinking. How the hell did these people get elected into office? If the Senate passes this bill, I guess we can just forget about the separation of church and state in Kentucky! We cannot let this happen. You do not want this state or nation to become a theocracy. I urge you to please contact your representative and senator and tell them that this is a very bad thing to do to the state of Kentucky.
The reason I have a problem with "In God We Trust" is the word "we." The word we implies that everybody trusts or believes in god. We also do not want The Ten Commandments posted in any public and government places.
Here is a link to House Bill 277: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/06RS/HB277.htm
Here is a list of the legislators’ email addresses: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/whoswho/email.htm
What is he thinking? He being George W. Bush. This is clear endorsement of religion. Political figures are not supposed to to this. On my lunch break I was watching MSNBC. You would have thought it was FOX News Channel. They were showing live video from the National Cathedral. I guess they showed the whole service. I ate my lunch and left. I understand that aftermath of hurricane Katrina is horrible. I would not wish that on anyone. But this is not the way to handle it. Why would anyone pray to the god that caused this tragedy and ask him to help the survivors? If there was a god he would not care about the survivors after he caused the levee to break. President Bush does not know how to handle a situation like this so he just prays instead. He needs to stop praying, get off his ass, and be the president.