... I really am trying to develop more of a sense of humor about these glurgey, lie-filled products of unbelievable ignorance instead of getting pissed off about them, but it's not easy. Not when I start thinking about how many out there just trustingly swallow every scrap of this garbage, find it tasty, and beg for more!
Anyway, your site (almost) makes me wish I hadn't told a couple of friends of mine who were forwarding this junk to stop! I've gotten some that would have been great to share.
One of the guilty ones, sadly, is a registered Democrat and yet was honestly puzzled when I pointed out how conservative most of the "forwards" she sent me were, and how full of lies some of them, and said, "well, I didn't know. I'm not really political". Meaning, I think, that she doesn't want to "play politics" which is understandable, but how can you not really know what your own values are or be aware of where they fall on the political spectrum? After all, in this day and age in the US, unfortunately, we're all being forced to be "political" since just about everything's being turned into a political issue.
The other friend is someone I hadn't been in contact with since high school and we happened to meet up again and exchanged email addresses. If she ever was as religious and conservative in high school as she is now, I don't remember it. Though to be fair, I guess she had no way of knowing I was such an agnostic liberal now, either!
It was she who sent the following (which I just grabbed off Snopes.com; they have a lot of the nauseating "inspirational" stuff in the vein of that "When I Whine" poem on there, as well). This was the email that made me put my foot down and say "enough!" "
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Madalyn Murry O'Hair, an atheist, whose effort successfully eliminated the use of the Bible Reading and Prayer from public schools fifteen years ago has now been granted a Federal hearing in Washington, D.C. on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Her petition, P.M. 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the Gospel on the air waves of America and all use of the word "God". She took her petition with 287,000 signatures to back her stand. If her attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast, either by radio, or television will stop. Many elderly people and shut-ins as well as those recuperating from hospitalization or illness, depend on radio and television to fulfill their worship needs every week. CBS will be forced to discontinue "Touched By An Angel" for using the word "God" in every program. If things got bad when prayer was taken from school, think of how it will get with no shows like 'Touched by an Angel'.
Madalyn is also campaigning to REMOVE ALL CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS, CHRISTMAS SONGS, AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS from public schools.
You as a Christian can help! We are praying for at least 1 million signatures. This would defeat their effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well and concerned about our country. As Christians we must unite on this. Please don't take this lightly. We ignored this once and lost prayer in our school and in offices across the nation. Please stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard, while creating an opportunity for the lost to know the Lord.
Please send this letter out to anyone that can help in the cause. Please do this, it will only cost you a stamp. PLEASE! Your right to freedom of religion is being tampered with.
Federal Communications Commission
RE: PETITION NO. 2493
1919 "H" Street
Washington, D.C. 20054
I am an American and proud of my heritage. I am also very much aware of the place religious faith has played in the freedom we as Americans now enjoy. Therefore, I protest any human effort to remove from radio and television any programs designed to show faith in GOD or a SUPREME BEING or to remove CHRISTMAS SONGS, CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS, AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS from Public Air Waves, Schools, or Office Buildings.
I like how nobody bothered to update the "15 years ago" of the original scaremongering petition when this made it onto the internet (or someone didn't bother to check the facts, imagine that!) as it was in 1963 that Ms. O'Hair petitioned to keep prayer out of schools. There never was any "petition 2493" by Ms. O'Hair, as the FCC keeps trying in vain to tell these boneheads, and even were Ms. O'Hair running such a campaign, at this point she'd have to be doing it from beyond the grave--she's been dead since 1995! The usual tactics of manipulation via emotional hysteria and fear strike again.
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"Just one more observation and then I'll shut up. Isn't just typical Christian Right arrogance to phrase "God Bless America" just that way? Because it's not actually a prayer, is it? A prayer is supposed to be humble supplication. "God Bless America" is a statement in the form of a command. They forgot the magic word--"Please"!
Is Madalyn Murray O'Hair still a menacing threat to the American Way of Life? And the letter is addressed to men and men alone.. God Bless the FCC Patriarch.
Your friends remind me of an ex story. A few years ago, I had a girlfriend who could never identify herself politically (I know!), needless to say life were a little rough around Nov '04 and we ended up going our separate ways (for many other reasons too). Her, uh, Utahn right-wing family had managed to combine their love for her and their right wing "family first" ideology as kinda the same thing.
How many other Americans vote their family line rather than how they personally feel on the issue?
Thank you for mentioning the magic word. I couldn't agree more.