I have a buddy who works for a newspaper. Said newspaper has been covering a bit of a dustup in Pittsburg, Kansas, where some cunt-chafed twatmold decided to lodge a complaint about a banner that had graced the side of the Pittsburg Post Office since shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks on America – a banner that boldly proclaimed “God Bless America.” Postal employees who had served their country decided they wanted to put up the banner, and paid for it using money out of their own pockets to commemorate the lives that were lost on that horrifying day. The banner had been displayed there for the past 15 years.
Enter the aforementioned cunt-chafed twatmold. Its poor little eyes apparently began to burn, and its meat curtains got a particularly nasty rash at the word “God,” so it complained.
…the local branch of the post office received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, citing United States Postal Regulations that “prohibit the display of religious materials, other than stamp art, on postal property.”
Madeline Ziegler, a legal fellow for FFRF, said the complaint originated locally.
“We got a complaint from a Pittsburg resident who uses the post office who wanted some help with a religious sign,” Ziegler said, adding the sign violates the separation of church and state.
The FFRF, whose entire mission seems to be to hassle others on behalf of the perpetually butthurt, swung into action. They bitched. They moaned. They wrote letters.
And eventually, the sign came down.
The banner was removed and placed safely in storage, but if you think the cunt-chafed twatmold’s sensitive little eyes will now be safe from ever seeing any mention of a deity, you’d be sadly mistaken.
Thursday morning, a very similar banner appeared on the fence next to local business Jayhawk Signs and Graphics, another at CDL Electric Company and social media marketing by Jake’s Fireworks promised more to come.
More have been ordered, and the company is giving the signs away to anyone who wants them, and today, the sign campaign continues. More than a thousand yard signs, saying “God Bless America” and several hundred banners started appearing all over town, according to The Morning Sun newspaper!
Here’s how you get more than you bargained for.
- Get irritated labia over a sign that mentions God – not any particular God, mind you, but simply a deity – paid for by private funds and meant to commemorate a horrifying day in our history.
- Get rabid atheist assholes to harass local post office until it takes the banner down.
- Piss off entire town, which then puts up signs and banners with that particular message all over the area.
- Wind up surrounded by the very thing you wanted to abolish.
Look, I am an atheist, so I’m keenly sensitive about church and state issues. That said, this sign in no way established a government-mandated religion, which is what the First Amendment really prohibits. It was paid for by citizens out of their own pockets. It doesn’t even mention any specific religion – merely a deity. No taxpayer money was spent on said sign. Yes, it mentioned a “God,” but so do many songs, including the one whose title mirrors the sign. Should that song never be sung in a public venue?
This is stupid.
This Freedom from Religion Foundation appears to be dedicated not just to ensuring that no religion is imposed on those who don’t want to exercise it, but to demeaning and belittling those who believe in a God.
“Separation of church and state” – a principle this FFRF organization claims to be dedicated to protecting – is a phrase that was coined by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists to assure them they would be protected from the state nosing in their business.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
Basically, Jefferson told the Baptists, “Hey! See that dictate that says the government will not establish a religion and that it won’t prevent you from exercising it how you see fit? Yeah… it’s like a wall between you guys and the government. Ain’t no one going to make you worship a certain way or forbid you from worshiping how you please.”
Yes, that also means the government won’t prohibit you from not worshiping, as religion “lies solely between Man and his God.”
But you know what it doesn’t mean?
It doesn’t mean your fragile sensibilities should be protected from seeing the word “God” in public.
It doesn’t mean others can’t use their own money to hang a simple sign for which no taxpayer dollars were used on a public building.
It doesn’t mean you can force others to not worship or even display their regard for whatever God they want.
The sign was displayed on that post office for 15 years without a shred of controversy, according to the paper. Now, all of a sudden, some Special Snowflake decided to get offended?
Come on! That’s just stupid.
This FFRF organization has done some legitimately good work, including halting public funding of religious studies and other religious activities. Atheists pay their taxes, just like everyone else does, and their tax dollars shouldn’t be used to fund others’ faith.
But this? A banner put up by post office employees at their own expense that does nothing to force anyone to worship in any particular way and doesn’t endorse any kind of specific religion? Maybe it was a violation of the establishment clause. I don’t see how, but I suppose a legal case can be made that it was. But this strikes me as petty – kind of like barring a singer from performing “God Bless America” or the National Anthem, whose last stanza includes the words “In God is our trust” in a public building.
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Personally, I couldn’t care less if there’s a sign saying “God Bless America” on a post office. Just like I couldn’t care less if our money says “In God We Trust.” I don’t, and that’s fine. Seeing that on a penny isn’t going to all of a sudden force me to go to church. I’m secure in my atheism, my lack of faith isn’t threatened by a word on a banner, and my sensibilities are not offended by that word. There’s no right to be offended, no matter what the social justice warrior howler monkeys may try to tell you.
So if the Special Snowflake is truly offended by that sign, by making a petty mountain out of an inconsequential molehill, it’s now going to be seeing that word a lot more than what it bargained for.
The butthurt Snowflake broke a cardinal rule of living in society: don’t be a dickhead. So now, it’ll have to deal with the consequences.