The Supreme Court Murders the First Amendment

The Supreme Court of this country has been making a lot of stupid fucking decisions over the last few years.  There was the McCutcheon vs. FEC decision, which has effectively turned into law the belief that the wealthy control politics in this country by letting any wealthy donor buy a political candidate.  A decision that has effectively killed democracy and turned America into a plutocratic oligarchy.  Now, we have a ruling that has ripped asunder the separation of church and state.

You see, there was a case in a little Town of Greece.  See, they liked to open their legislative sessions with a prayer, led by a chaplain.  When Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, who were representing the Americans United For the Separation of Church and State, took it to court, the Supreme Court of this country found, 5 to 4, in favor of the town.  On the surface, this sounds kind of innocuous, right?  I mean, as one Justice noted, the people who don’t like the prayer can just ignore it.  Another made a point that this isn’t forcing religion on anyone or raising a tax for the church.  What small-minded simpletons these Justices are.  The fact that everyone who voted in favor of this is Catholic should surprise no one.

Here’s the truth – this ruling sets a very ugly precedent in this country.  It has opened the door for more religious groups to come barreling through.  It has blown a hole in the separation of church and state, which is laid for in the First Amendment to the Constitution.  It is spitting in the face of what several of our Founding Fathers said was a guiding principal for them.  Over and over, the founders of this nation said that this was not a Christian nation, and that we did not hold that religion as sacred.  So here we are, now giving more religious groups a chance to tear more of the wall separating church state in this country down.

What’s more, it’s such bullshit!  For real, can you imagine the Supreme Court having ruled in favor of this if the prayer that was starting all of the government functions in this town were a Muslim prayer?  What about a prayer to Vishnu?  Or meditation as the Buddhists do?  Can you see that being green-lit?  Of course not!  That would be struck down so fucking fast that it would make your head spin!  But no, this was a Christian prayer.  Naturally, because it’s a Christian prayer, it’s fine.  After all, as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court was quoted recently – Gawd created the world, so the First Amendment only protects Christians.  This is a value that is popular in this country.  How does that not enrage people?!  Those in power are telling you what religions are kosher and which ones aren’t!  That’s fucking bullshit!

Now, of course, the Fox News fucktards and the people who they pander to hold up the flag and call this ruling a matter of “religious freedom.”  Let me tell you something – your “religious freedom” begins and ends at this – you are free to worship whatever non-existent, phony-bologna deity you see it, whether it be Vishnu, Jeebus, or Cthulhu.  Although, to be fair, Cthulhu is WAY more interesting than Jesus.  Jesus turned water into wine and raised people from the dead.  Cthulhu is a massive beast of destruction that could crush Jesus’ tiny ass in a heartbeat.  But that is your religious freedom.  You are free to worship whatever you want, in whatever way you see fit that doesn’t impose on other people’s or Constitutional rights.  That’s it.  All of this bullshit about employers who give healthcare denying contraception to their employees because it violates their “religious freedom” are fucking idiots who should NEVER be taken seriously!  That’s another Supreme Court case that I think we can all tell where it’s going to go.  And that pisses me off too.

I simply don’t understand how we are STILL having this debate in the 21st Century.  I think what’s happening here is a cultural war that we have been building up to.  Hear me out.  See, it used to be that atheists like me were regarded as a minor nuisance or rebellious youth.  However, now that we are starting to grow in number, to the point where over 10-15% of this country’s citizenry doesn’t have any declared religion (that’s not to say that they are atheists, but they are non-religious), they realize that they we aren’t just going away.  They are worrying that now we are going to grow to a point where we can’t just be ignored.  And that scares them.  That scares them a lot.  To the point where there are at least five states in this country that forbid an atheist to run for public office, of any kind!  That’s the world we live in.

The fundie fucktards in this country are realizing that their place and their values are passing away, and they are not going to go quietly into the night.  No, they are doing their damndest to fight against anything progressive, from gay marriage to a renewed war on women’s reproductive rights.  Oh, and they are now on the “pot is the worst!” bandwagon.  Battles that they have no chance of winning, now that public perception is leaving them behind.  And I say good!  Fuck these people!  Fuck them and their antiquated values!  We should NOT be letting a Bronze Age book run our country!  It’s time for that religion to stop trying to infect this country’s policy!  If you don’t like that, well too fucking bad!  It’s in the Constitution, mother-fuckers –

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech; or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

That plain enough for ya?  If you don’t like that, then by all means, you can try and get a Constitutional amendment.  Though I wish you luck.  I really do.

Until next time, a quote,

” The REAL owners, the BIG WEALTHY business interests that control things and make all the important decisions — forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. YOU DON’T. You have no choice. You have OWNERS. They OWN YOU. They own EVERYTHING. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations; they’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State houses, the City Halls; they’ve got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear. They gotcha by the BALLS. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying — lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want — they want MORE for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They DON’T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that, that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.”  -George Carlin

Peace out,

Maverick

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