Quote of the week

Relatively few QOTWs come with footnotes, but this particular version does have one, and it deserves inclusion:

While the Margaret Atwoods of the world worry about the Baptists enacting some horrible draconian theocracy here in the US*, it’s actually happening in other corners of the world. I guess over there it’s charming and ethnic and we shouldn’t judge them by our imperialistic Western standards. Why, one person’s flogging for an unapproved marriage is no different from another person’s $15 ticket for jaywalking!

* Both atheists and believers want to feel oppressed here, because oppression is the coin of the realm in 21st century America and can be traded for valuable cash and prizes.

Yep. Don’t even think about writing a memoir unless you can cite examples where you were victimized by The Man, or at the very least by The System.


  1. McGehee »

    16 May 2014 · 7:04 am

    “I hate the bleeping system, but the system loves bleeping me.”

    –Bowdler’s Bumper Sticker

  2. Dan Tobias »

    16 May 2014 · 7:26 am

    There’s some cause to be vigilant about separation of church and state here in America in order to ensure that we never become like the other parts of the world where religion is used to oppress.

  3. McGehee »

    16 May 2014 · 1:01 pm

    The Founders were more concerned about the power of the state to oppress religion.

    The history of the English and Scottish reformations would be instructive.

  4. McGehee »

    16 May 2014 · 1:16 pm

    Charles I found himself on the chopping block after a series of tyrannical acts that included attempting to impose an English prayer book on the Scottish church.

    When he was faced with the English rebellion that led to Cromwell’s rise, the King’s lack of Scottish support is what sank him — they handed him over to Cromwell.

    America’s founders had British history in mind, not the Spanish Inquisition nor Muslim jihadists, when they drafted the First Amendment. The Establishment Clause exists to support the Free Exercise Clause, not to oppose it.

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