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It infuriates me, but doesn't surprise me.

Posted on 2007.07.12 at 18:46
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Blind Lemon Jefferson - Bakershop Blues
For the first time today, a Hindu chaplain offered the opening prayers at the U.S. Senate. The ceremony was disrupted by Christian fundamentalists yelling slogans that actually made no sense in context.
What the hell, people?

edit: here is an interesting tidbit- an excerpt from the treaty signed by the United States and Libya in 1796

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen—and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Senate advice and consent to ratification June 7, 1797
Ratified June 10, 1797
Entered into force June 10, 1797
Proclaimed by the President of the United States June 10, 1797


dividedbyzero at 2007-07-13 03:13 (UTC) (Link)
I caught a bit of that on the news as I was driving this afternoon.

You think the fundamentalists thought that they were damned dirty Muslims* because they were probably darker skinned ? If not, I'm trying to think of what a Hindu party might have done to piss them off. The mind boggles.

My interpretation of history has always been that this country was founded on religious freedom...freedom from being told how to believe, from having another religion forced upon you. Others (and theirs seems to be a popular notion these days) say it was founded on Christianity...but it has to be the way *they* practice.

Sigh. I won't even start because it gets me all irritable.

* Disclaimer: I make it a policy only to hate a person because he/she is a jerk...not because of their chosen religion. There are jerks in every faith. That was for comic value because that tends to be how knee-jerk hotheads that would do something so disrespectful would think.

jonnymoon at 2007-07-13 21:52 (UTC) (Link)

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