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2006-11-28 8:57:22 AM  
*sigh* When will people learn that religion and politics don't mix?

/never
 
2006-11-28 8:59:29 AM  
How about using the Consti-farking-tution?
 
2006-11-28 8:59:50 AM  
meshman: *sigh* When will people learn that religion and politics don't mix?

When it becomes convenient again that they be seperate.
 
2006-11-28 9:00:34 AM  
Programmer Cat: How about using the Consti-farking-tution?

Because then people will start worshipping it, rather than embodying the virtues that it's supposed to represent.

Much like certain fundies and the bible.
 
2006-11-28 9:01:45 AM  
But, Mr. Ellison, America, not you, decides on what book its public servants take their oath.

I never got a chance to vote on this.
 
2006-11-28 9:01:54 AM  
meshman: *sigh* When will people learn that religion and politics don't mix?

When someone else's religion is the one being mixed in.
 
2006-11-28 9:02:27 AM  
muninsfire: Because then people will start worshipping it, rather than embodying the virtues that it's supposed to represent.

Are you telling me that politicians currently embody the ideals of the Constitution? I didn't know that the Constitution enshrined deceit, power-lust, and corruption.
 
2006-11-28 9:03:14 AM  
See, I would think you'd WANT him swearing in on the Koran, I mean, really, the bible means nothing to him, so any oath sworn on it wouldn't "bind him" (theoretically and all)...
 
2006-11-28 9:03:44 AM  
Action Replay Nick: I never got a chance to vote on this.

Join the club. If I had it my way, the politicians wouldn't be swearing on the Bible, either. It's just another book of lies, so perhaps it's fitting that professional liars politicians swear on it.
 
Ni!
2006-11-28 9:04:26 AM  
Bacon. They should just place their hand on a slab af bacon and swear on that. Everyone can get behind and believe in bacon.

Or pie. Pie's good too.
 
2006-11-28 9:05:19 AM  
Considering whose interests they serve maybe the Book of Mammon would be appropriate.
 
2006-11-28 9:06:26 AM  
This is why I only swear oaths on magazines with photos of Catherine Bell in them.
 
2006-11-28 9:06:31 AM  
how about a fairy coffee table book, instead? maplethorpe, maybe?
 
2006-11-28 9:06:44 AM  
Programmer Cat: Are you telling me that politicians currently embody the ideals of the Constitution? I didn't know that the Constitution enshrined deceit, power-lust, and corruption.

You forgot to turn it over. There's a whole other page - don't feel bad, most people don't realize it's there.
 
2006-11-28 9:06:59 AM  
Dennis Prager, you are moron of the highest order. The point of swearing an oath on the bible is that apparently, if you believe in the bible, it will make your oath more binding. If you're forced to swear an oath on a book that has no relevance to you, then you may as well use a copy of Juggs magazine.
 
2006-11-28 9:07:01 AM  
eddyatwork: Considering whose interests they serve maybe the Book of Mammon would be appropriate.

Or Machiavelli's The Prince. Hell, make 'em swear on a copy of Iron Maiden's Powerslave LP. Remind 'em of what they are.
 
2006-11-28 9:07:45 AM  
crunchyfist: You forgot to turn it over. There's a whole other page - don't feel bad, most people don't realize it's there.

Invisible ink?
 
2006-11-28 9:07:51 AM  
crunchyfist: You forgot to turn it over. There's a whole other page - don't feel bad, most people don't realize it's there.

That's a map. I saw it in that Nicolas Cage movie.
 
2006-11-28 9:08:54 AM  
When all elected officials take their oaths of office with their hands on the very same book, they all affirm that some unifying value system underlies American civilization. If Keith Ellison is allowed to change that, he will be doing more damage to the unity of America and to the value system that has formed this country than the terrorists of 9-11.

this has gotta be satire.

who gave skookum a talk radio show?
 
2006-11-28 9:10:23 AM  
EvilEgg: That's a map. I saw it in that Nicolas Cage movie.

Dude, that was the Declaration of Independence.
 
2006-11-28 9:10:28 AM  
Wow, thank (the one true, Christian) God that Dennis Prager is here to speak for all of us. When he speaks, AMERICA speaks!
 
2006-11-28 9:11:00 AM  
But somehow the Christians are still oppressed.
 
2006-11-28 9:11:01 AM  
Programmer Cat: Are you telling me that politicians currently embody the ideals of the Constitution? I didn't know that the Constitution enshrined deceit, power-lust, and corruption.

No, see, you're talking about "politicians".

And to be fair, I did say "supposed to".

Ni!: Bacon. They should just place their hand on a slab af bacon and swear on that. Everyone can get behind and believe in bacon.

No kidding.

After all, bacon cures cancer, and protects against molestation by vermin.
 
2006-11-28 9:11:28 AM  
A serious question: did all politicians really swear in on the bible so far? There isn't an option to make a non-denominational 'vow' (sorry, don't no the technical English term) instead of a Christian oath?
 
2006-11-28 9:11:45 AM  
heap: this has gotta be satire.

How can you tell, these days?
 
2006-11-28 9:12:07 AM  
The worst part of this whole thing is that we're paying them to argue about this shiat.
 
2006-11-28 9:12:42 AM  
EvilEgg: But somehow the Christians are still oppressed.

Then why haven't we thrown Fred Phelps to the lions? Oh, wait, I know: it'd constitute animal cruelty to make innocent lions eat that bitter old closet queer.
 
2006-11-28 9:12:45 AM  
Fairy tale book? I vote for Pinocchio.
Maybe that way their noses will grow every time the tell a lie.
 
2006-11-28 9:12:47 AM  
IsayIsay: A serious question: did all politicians really swear in on the bible so far? There isn't an option to make a non-denominational 'vow' (sorry, don't no the technical English term) instead of a Christian oath?

There is, actually. You may now solemly 'affirm', rather than swear.

/Since the '60's, IIRC.
//Can't remember which president didn't wanna swear. 'Truman' sticks in my head, but that's probably wrong.
 
2006-11-28 9:13:22 AM  
IsayIsay: There isn't an option to make a non-denominational 'vow' (sorry, don't no the technical English term) instead of a Christian oath?

You can make it an affirmation instead of an oath.
 
2006-11-28 9:13:24 AM  
Nerdlinger: Maybe that way their noses will grow every time the tell a lie.

All that's going to do is breed a new crop of plastic surgeons, and you know it.
 
2006-11-28 9:19:11 AM  
I'm actually in favor of a religious component to the oath of office. Let's face it, our leaders don't give a flying fark about their jobs or about the country and it's not like there are many avenues of recourse until it becomes so extreme that we simply can't ignore it anymore. So if there's even the slightest chance of eternal consequences for these slimeballs I think we may as well take it.

Just playing the odds, I guess.
 
2006-11-28 9:20:34 AM  
IsayIsay: A serious question: did all politicians really swear in on the bible so far? There isn't an option to make a non-denominational 'vow' (sorry, don't no the technical English term) instead of a Christian oath?

I know you don't have to when you testisfy.

I'd say lets see what happens when an atheist gets elected, but that won't happen in my lifetime.
 
2006-11-28 9:21:35 AM  
In fact, the opposite is more likely: Ellison's doing so will embolden Islamic extremists and make new ones, as Islamists, rightly or wrongly, see the first sign of the realization of their greatest goal -- the Islamicization of America.

It's hard to believe paranoia this intense can exist.
 
2006-11-28 9:23:09 AM  
Action Replay Nick: It's hard to believe paranoia this intense can exist.

It's just the new McCarthyism. Under every bed lurks, not a Commie, but an "Islamofascist".
 
2006-11-28 9:23:59 AM  
Action Replay Nick: It's hard to believe paranoia this intense can exist.

You know why haunted houses and rollercoasters exist? Because some people just love to be scared.
 
2006-11-28 9:29:30 AM  
Action Replay Nick: It's hard to believe paranoia this intense can exist.

Well, the general 'terrorist' won't work anymore; it's been done to death.

'Communism' isn't really that much of a threat since the USSR broke up, so no more 'Red Menace'

And the 'Yellow Menace' got passe' a hundred years ago....
 
2006-11-28 9:31:03 AM  
Action Replay Nick: It's hard to believe paranoia this intense can exist.

Really? What about the Salem Witch Trials, McCarthyism, the persecution of the Jews in Germany and the lack of good Bigfoot porn?
 
2006-11-28 9:37:00 AM  
OK, I stand corrected. I momentarily forgot how stupid the human race is.
 
2006-11-28 9:38:15 AM  
crunchyfist: Bigfoot porn

some word combinations demand a GIS be done, simply by their proximity to one another.

[image from weirdspot.com too old to be available]
 
2006-11-28 9:38:56 AM  
People are stupid.
 
2006-11-28 9:42:11 AM  
heap: some word combinations demand a GIS be done, simply by their proximity to one another.

That's hawt!
 
2006-11-28 9:43:51 AM  
Action Replay Nick: I momentarily forgot how stupid the human race is.

Let me know if you need a reminder. My people sent me here to Earth to observe as soon as that TV broadcast of Hitler's speech reached our planet. It scared the Elders shiatless.
 
2006-11-28 9:44:05 AM  
muninsfire: Can't remember which president didn't wanna swear. 'Truman' sticks in my head, but that's probably wrong.

Nixon. He was a Quaker (hard to believe, I know) and they don't swear oaths.
 
2006-11-28 9:44:35 AM  
Why not place their hands on a big fat wad of hundred dollar bills?
/?
 
2006-11-28 9:44:40 AM  
I'd rather they swear on the bible to uphold the constitution than have them swear on the constitution to uphold the bible.
 
2006-11-28 9:45:14 AM  
I just love the arrogant dismissal of thousands of years of human spirituality.

This despite the fact that spiritual civilizations.....no matter what their beliefs are more successful and peaceful overall than atheist civilizations.

Communism has a 100 million + death toll. All non combatants.
 
2006-11-28 9:45:18 AM  
FTFA: Dennis Prager is a radio show host...

So he is in the "create excitement for no good reason business".
 
2006-11-28 9:45:27 AM  
He should not be allowed to do so -- not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.

Thanks for the heads up, insane weirdo.
 
2006-11-28 9:46:05 AM  
What do Muslims do when they testify in court? Affirm, or whip out a Koran?
 
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