If you’ve hung out here any length of time, you remember Cousin Harold, the Cute little Conservative Christian.
Today Cousin graced me with a long (and boring) list of all 50 of the US state-constitution preambles. According to this list, every one mentions a male deity*.
At the end of the email, the author crowed: "After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe the ACLU and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong! -----GOD BLESS AMERICA!"
At the beginning of this List from Hell, Cousin tacked on a little note designed to ruffle my feathers: “I know this kind of stuff ruffles your feathers, Athana, but one needs to stay active.”
To which I replied:
“Not a feather ruffled, Cuz. All your piece shows is that our country has fallen to the wolves (my apologies to all wolves).___________
"The Founding Fathers -- who were not Christians but Deists -- never, ever proclaimed this country a ward of your itchy little warrior-god, Jumping Jehovah.
“Check this out, Cuz:
"’In the 1790s, in the waters off Tripoli, pirates were making sport of American shipping near the Barbary Coast. Toward the end of his second term, Washington sent Joel Barlow … to settle matters, and … Article 11 [of the resulting treaty] says that “as the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,” there should be no cause for conflict over differences of “religious opinion” between countries.’
“Zip on over to the New York Times, Cuz, and taste the sweet waters in the rest of this article, ‘A Nation of Christians Is Not a Christian Nation.’
“Your Dearest of all Kin,
P.S. Say hi to Cousin Katy and the kids.
*Although the following three don’t – not really:
Colorado 1876, Preamble. "We, the people of Colorado , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe..."
Hawaii 1959, Preamble. "We , the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance ... Establish this Constitution."
Washington 1889, Preamble . "We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution."
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