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Breaking radio silence with a break from tradition

August 12, 2007

Things are well, and there’s a lot of them vying for my time and brainpower. However, this was just too good to pass up.

It is something of a tradition for me to post some stupidity or another that is forced on the people of this world by the particularly thick mouth-breathers that constitute the most vocal of the religious idiots who, in their idiocy, tarnish the reputation of the smart and nice religious folks that constitute the majority of the faithful (inhale).

With that being said, I’d like to call your attention to this article which tells the story of an atheist fugginmoron couple who is suing the Texas Governor and a school district to abolish the moment of silence, as it “amounts to state-sanctioned school prayer.”

Let’s take a quick look at this: a respectful moment of silence is not in any way related to condoning prayer in school. The only link there is that some may use that moment to pray. When I was a teen, I had sex in my mom’s Ford Escort (uncomfortable), but most would be hard pressed to convict my mom of running a mobile brothel.

Just as there are crazy fanatics on the religious side, let this be a testament and clear reminder that we atheists have the same jack-assery on our side. We can all also take a moment to appreciate the irony that the people bringing about this lawsuit are exactly the type of people that could stand to take a moment to shut the fuck up.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tyler Nixon permalink
    August 13, 2007 8:54 pm

    Well well well, there must be a God because the dead has arisen!!

    If you believe the abovementioned Texas moron’s interpretation of what silence is then you must have been doing a lot of praying this last month….

    Seriously, just when you think you have hit bottom on either side of the hysteria on an issue like this, some fool comes along to drain a little more out of the pool.

    Good heavens (or should I say, good random infinite space)…you can’t even have silence without a nut freaking out that someone might actually be praying (!). We could use alot more than just a moment of silence from people like this.

    The simple meditative aspect of silence is worth the risk that there might be a secret prayer going on in someone’s head or heart. Plus, who said praying has to involve God. I always thought of prayer as one’s expressions of hope and thanks from their spirit, not merely ritualized religious chants – though that is certainly one of many possibilities.

    Welcome back, Joe!

  2. Ed T. permalink
    August 17, 2007 4:58 pm

    A wise man once said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I think that says enough about this one as well…

  3. jason330 permalink
    August 19, 2007 8:29 am

    I’m going to take a moment to refelct on the possible context for this legal action.

    – These people really are flat out nuts… that is possible.

    – The moment of silence that they have a problem with is really not a “moment of silence” at all but a little time each morning that the teacher in question gives her unsaved students a moment to “pray silently that the lord Jesus comes into their lives.” That is possible, we are talking Texas here.

    A link to the story would clear it up.

  4. August 19, 2007 8:40 am

    Thought the link was there, Jason. Fixed.

    Make your own conclusion, but even if a teacher encouraged them to pray, the problem is not with the moment of slience.

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