Fundies Get Their Undies in a Knot Over The Pledge of Allegiance

Jun 27 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Missouri Representative and Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is upset, as are so many fundamentalist Christians these days. He claims liberalism wants government to replace God, that liberalism is about “a hatred for God.”

Of course what liberalism is actually about is liberty. And liberty is opposed to slavery, which is what Christian fundamentalists are selling in this country in the year 2011. Our liberties have never been under so great a threat as today and that threat come from people like Todd Akin and his new friend, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC).

Fundamentalists are collectively angry because NBC cut out the “one nation under God” bit from the Pledge of Allegiance (where it didn’t belong in the first place). Akin panders to the ever-popular “lamestream” media meme when he claims that NBC is a liberal news outlet (hardly) and that “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God.”

Akin: This was something that was done systematically, it was done intentionally, and is tremendously corrosive in terms of all of the values and everything that’s made America unique and such a special nation.

Perkins: Why would NBC do this?

Akin: Well, I think NBC has a long record of being very liberal and at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God. And so they’ve had a long history of not being at all favorable toward many of things that have been such a blessing to our country.

Of course,Akin and Perkins want God to replace government so I don’t see that they have any high ground here, even were it true.

Akin: This is a systematic effort to try to separate our faith and God, which is a source in our belief in individual liberties, from our country. And when you do that you tear the heart out of our country.

Sorry, individual liberties aren’t part of your religion, guys. It’s a product of the very secular European Enlightenment. You might know that if you spent some time reading history rather than plotting the downfall of Western Civilization.

Perkins’ Family Resarch Council has already gotten it’s own hysteria on. The FRC says:

NBC must remedy this abuse by airing a series of public service announcement with the entire Pledge of Allegiance.

Please join me in contacting NBC and demanding that the network air a daily public service announcement with the entire Pledge of Allegiance.

Please let NBC know that their attempts to downplay the incident are unacceptable and that the network must take corrective action to ensure that the public airwaves will not be used to censor our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance.

Playing to another popular conservative meme, Akin whined to Perkins that NBC is trying to “tear the heart out of our country.”

I have to say here that Perkins and Akin and their crowd seem already to have dibs on the “tearing the heart out of America” gig, and they’re doing a great job of it. Why else when the country is faced with so many real problems would they focus on things like birth control, women’s reproductive rights, and marriage equality?

Much of their problem with the media is self-made. Whether they actually believe something as ridiculous as NBC being left-leaning or not, placing themselves so far to the right of sanity almost demands that anything toward right-of-middle is “left.” A black and white universe that allows for no shades of gray is 100% committed to the idea that whoever is not for them is against them. To the degree any network or media outlet does not say precisely what they want it to say, they are left-leaning.

Worse, if you don’t buy what they’re selling, you’re persecuting them. If you don’t let them take away all your rights and treat you like dirt, you’re persecuting them.

Tony Perkins said “he would also like to see NBC produce a program explaining the history of the pledge and why ‘under God’ was inserted in the first place.” The problem here for Tony Perkins is that the “under God” was not originally a part of the Pledge, which was written back in 1892. The “under God” was not added until 1954. Maybe it’s Perkins who should brush up on his history?

As to Akin’s “blessing to our country,” I would put it to the American people that when the Founding Fathers left the scene, they left us with a Nation without any sign of a “In God We Trust” or a “One Nation Under God” or so much as a reference to God, Bible, Ten Commandments, or Christian religion in the Constitution and that things worked just fine without them.

 

 

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