The Third Great Awakening:
Await The Pogroms?
[On January 20, 2001, Cliff had written:]
This just in from American United for the Separation of Church and State:
|"In one of his first acts as the nation's chief executive, Bush issued a proclamation ordering today as a 'national day of prayer.' Bush, in the proclamation, called 'upon the citizens of our Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship to pray alone and together and offer thanksgiving to God for all the blessings of this great and good land.' He added, 'I ask Americans to bow our heads in humility before our Heavenly Father, a God who calls us not to judge our neighbors, but to love them, to ask His guidance upon our nation and its leaders in every level of government.'"|
-- AU Press Release, January 20, 2001
If anyone can come up with the text of the proclamation, I will add it to the newly updated Bush Quotes page along with other gems from his Inaugural Speech.
I just hope he remembers that "love thy neighbor" business, before the pogroms begin! Of course, Daddy says we're not even Americans, so that may not help us much.
An article in today's paper called this the Third Great Awakening. The first two had the virtue of being based on the more humanitarian precepts of the Bible. This one seems to be based on a "punish the sinners" model, so who knows what kind of hell may break loose.
Seriously though, I was reading George H. Smith's new book and thinking about how it's the believers who can't understand how an atheist can avoid becoming a moral degenerate, ax murderer, etc. No atheists have trouble coming up with rules for living in society, but believers seem to think if they lose their faith, they will be transfigured in a twinkling -- into demons! Maybe we do need religion in our society -- to protect the freethinkers!
PS -- I have read that, if you compare the votes for Gore-Nader against the votes for Bush-Buchanan, there is a 3 million vote difference! Talk about illegitimacy!
At least one of them occurred when the post-Enlightenment Freethought movement was still sufficiently powerful to act as censor morum over the group which thought it was in the act of "awakening."
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