"House debate on a bill to protect the Pledge of Allegiance from legal challenges because of the 'under God' phrase erupted in heated rhetoric Wednesday with lawmakers from both parties using religious references to support their side.
"'This is a joke,' said Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., 'that this majority would talk about God and yet not even work to raise the wages of the very people that are taking care of the children of God.
'The bill's sponsor, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., said America was a nation of God-given inalienable rights and that's why the country is in a war against 'radical Islamists.' Democrats wouldn't want to 'cut and run' in Iraq, he said, 'if they understood the importance of those basic principles and that inalienable rights are impossible without a recognition of God and that's why the pledge bill is important and not irrelevant or trivial.'"
I am so tired of this crap. Clearly, conservatives missed the entire idol worship part of the OT, but hey, if you want to say the Pledge, knock yourself out. I beginning to think that we should change courses and start adding to the Pledge AND suggesting it be protected by a constitutional amendment. You know, not only should it say, "Under God" but also should add something about the non-believers lacking rights under the law.
I especially like how the Missouri Repub connected the Pledge to a strained defense of the war in Iraq. What a dweeb.
And of course, I object to infusing our political system with religious rhetoric. Nothing wrong with faith, but why are we passing laws based on some particular fundamentalist view of the bible? Witness this dialogue in the house about the failed gay marriage ban the other day:
"'It's part of God's plan for the future of mankind,' explained Rep. John Carter (R-Tex.).
Rep. Bob Beauprez (R- Colo.) also found 'the very hand of God' at work. 'We best not be messing with His plan.'
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) agreed that 'it wasn't our idea, it was God's.
''I think God has spoken very clearly on this issue,' said Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), a mustachioed gynecologist who served as one of the floor leaders yesterday. When somebody quarreled with this notion, Gingrey replied: 'I refer the gentleman to the Holy Scriptures.'"