A mayor’s prayer breakfast is going to be held in our community and this is a breach of 1st amendment protocol. Hysterical accusations of theocratic thuggery have been leveled against those evangelical TEA party supporters who are attempting to meddle with the fabric of our free society.
One particularly agitated commenter has the Dan Barker handbook on atheist propaganda and is running play by play. He quoted excessively from cherry picked citations of Thomas Jefferson’s personal correspondence describing the ills of Christians on society. Another wrote, I am getting tired of the theocratic pressure brought against the citizens who just want to be left alone in a secular nation, as our founders intended!
Anytime a group of soccer moms express how troubled they are with some explicit book being taught as fine literature at the local high school or the city passes an ordinance that prevents the public display of pornographic videos at the area convenient stores, young progressives react as if this is the beginnings of a fundamental Baptist police state. Teenage girls will be forced to wear dull colored coolats and take home economics, gays will be made to march back to their closets, and people will have to burn their Coldplay CDs.
They paint a horrific, futuristic vision of American theocracy that would make Kurt Vonnegut shudder.
In the real world, the reality of things is quite the opposite.
The secular left have managed to pass some of the most intrusive, over-reaching, liberty stifling legislation imaginable. And I am not talking about Obamacare. It’s the small, local level, everyday details in life that are easily brought into power by a secular body of governmental officials who readily embrace the bizzaro idea that the world is on the verge of a man-made environmental apocalyptic collapse. Regrettably, the “sheeple” of suburbia have been fooled into thinking compliance is a good thing.
I have blogged about this in the past.
For example, a couple of years ago I noted an attempt by the crackpot left in the state of California to mandate PCTs, little radio controlled thermostats that allowed the state officials to “turn” up your thermostat in the case of an electrical “emergency” like a possible black out situation during a heat wave. It was all in the name of energy efficiency and saving money. They tried to sneak in the law, but a geek blogger, who likes to read boring legislative stuff, wrote a post about it and the smart thinking public became outraged as they should have. Praise the Lord for geeks. Do any of the young progressive understand how intrusive such a mandated device is? Sadly, they welcome such tyranny as being helpful.
Also, consider my asthma medication. Once again, a couple of years ago, the gas in my inhaler was declared to be unsafe for the environment. Did you read that? The gas I would inhale into my mouth and lungs and which would be absorbed by my body is going to be a detriment to the earth’s delicate eco-systems. The cost of my medication more than doubled over night.
A more current example, and one that I am sure my progressive antagonists would gleefully like to see happen in our hometown, is the complicated recycling bin system being implemented in the U.K. (see photo above) and that has been implemented in other squishy countries around Europe.
Believe me. It is these sorts of everyday, real life intrusions that mess with people’s personal liberty. Not whether or not we are allowed to have ‘Playboy’ at our local libraries.
Of course, one fun irony in all of this: Sometimes the secular thuggery the intelligentsia forces upon us common folk comes back to bite them hard:
Teddy is spinning in his grave…