Constitution ala carte

August 25, 2010 at 9:47 am | Posted in Beliefs, bigotry, hypocrisy, Obama, political, political commentary, Religion, stupidity, terrorism, U.S. Constitution | 8 Comments
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Why are people under the impression that the United States constitution is like a menu at the local Burger King whose motto is have it your way; where they can choose from a list of items and make alterations or substitutions so they can have it just the way they like it?

Our special this week is the 14th amendment.  It comes with citizenship for anyone born in the United States and a side of protected rights for same.  This hasn’t really been a big seller this week.  For some reason many people want it off the menu completely while others want so many substitutions and changes that some of the wait staff has been reduced to tears and others have threatened to quit.

If you’re not sure what to order and want a recommendation, go with the 2nd amendment.  That has been such a popular choice that we could take all the other amendments off the menu and hardly anyone would care.

Freedom of religion is a favorite of the christian crowd, so much so they want to keep it all for themselves.  Another one they are marking their territory over is marriage.  They don’t want anyone to have this menu item who isn’t like them, not gay.  However, they have no trouble accepting and reaping the benefits of the tax money from those they would deny this choice.

This constitution ala carte mentality has manifested in a number of ways over the last several weeks and months.  A big one is the proposed Mosque at ground zero, which isn’t actually a Mosque and isn’t actually at ground zero, but hey, why bother with actual facts.  I really wish people could understand that when you deny any group of citizens or legal residents of our country the rights and freedoms you enjoy, you ultimately deny yourself of those rights. Why is this such a difficult concept?

Why bother fighting the christian right.  If you can’t beat them join them, so I’m in.  With my new found enlightenment I would like to offer a few suggestions.  For starters I think all christian churches in Salem, Massachusetts should be razed because to have them stand as a constant reminder to the descendants of those burned as witches by the Puritanical christians is extremely insensitive of us, don’t you think?  In fact I think any horrific act of violence or terrorism committed by a member or members (no matter how radical or fringe they may be) of a particular religious group should result in anything in the area of devastation that represents that religion  being destroyed.  It’s only fair, and as good christians don’t we say do unto others as you would have them do unto you?  We do want to be fair, don’t we?

Recently Dr. Laura , conservative, holier than thou, radio talk show host ordered up freedom of speech, hold the consequences.  Within days of her use of the N word and other offensive remarks, a video clip shows Dr. Laura explaining she is planning to quit radio because she wants to have her freedom of speech restored after the backlash of her racist tirade, including major sponsors jumping ship.  What she fails to understand is that freedom of speech is also freedom to make an idiot of yourself, to express yourself in a way that shows your true colors (no pun intended).  The right to freedom of speech, however, does not guarantee that if  your speech is offensive there will not be repercussions.

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  1. I like your salem point, very nice. However, I don’t look to the constitution with religious zeal and reverence. The author, Jefferson hated the edits made. Besides, language and interpretation evolve and what was meant may not be what is now understood as true. bdrex

  2. Very well said.

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  4. Ok, so a Mosque 2 blocks from Ground 0 is too close.

    There is a mosque in Pittsburg. Is that one ok? No Ground 0 complaints about that one.

    Newark has mosques. They are OK.

    In fact there is a Mosque on the corner of Allen and Stanton in Manhattan itself! There are no complaints about that one.

    So what is the distance which is “TOO CLOSE”? Obviously 180 metres seems too close for some. But why do I get the feeling that anywhere on the North American continent would be too close for others?

    • You’re right when you say anywhere in North America would be too close. What these jerks fail to realize is that Muslims in America isn’t something new. When I was a kid a lot of my friends were Muslim, it was no big deal. Everyone’s beloved boxer Mohammad Ali, adopted this new name when he converted to Islam. Before that he was Cassius Clay (please forgive any misspelled names, I’m doing this on the fly). I suppose you could say he was a terrorist as he regularly beat the crap out of other boxers, but that would be a stretch.

      I have heard, but don’t really know the source or if it is true, but I suspect it is, that those opposed to the community center, that is being called a Mosque, knew about it eight or nine months ago and didn’t make any noise until election season was getting near.

  5. Here is what I don’t understand. Islam is not just moral directives, it dictates how one lives almost every aspect of their life. America, and democracy as it is go against some main principles of Islam. So why come here? And if they do are they joining us or trying to change us to a middle east?

    Hopefully this doesn’t sound too paranoid, I’m trying to bring up points that have substance. bdrex

    • As far as I know most religions dictate how one lives every aspect of their lives, however, followers seem to pick and choose how devout they will be so in that respect I don’t think Islam is very different from other major religions. I think there isn’t even complete agreement among religious leaders on their interpretations of their own religious tenets.

      Just a couple quick examples. Not all Catholics avoid birth control and only have sex for the purpose of procreation. Not all Jews avoid pork, follow the dictate that women cover their heads (just as all Muslims don’t avoid pork and follow the dictate that women cover their heads).

      So why come here? And if they do are they joining us or trying to change us to a middle east?

      Not all Muslims come here, there are more American born Muslims than you can imagine. And if there is any religion in this country that is trying to make us all the same it is Christianity, which if not a native American religion either.

  6. Honjii, part of the doctrine is converstion, and politics are in no way seperate. Yes, Catholics tried but have mellowed, they had Justa-Causa, which means lies for the church are not sins. But, Islam has the same principle, except theirs is in the Qur’an, not just a doctrine a main principle.

    Either way our forefathers were wise to keep church seperate from state, the best they could anyways. If you are American Honjii.


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