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  •  but my point is that it is not "a lot" (2+ / 0-)
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    mapamp, Wee Mama

    if just a scattering of words here and there are enough to spoil the whole thing for you, then yeah, don't watch it.

    none of us gets to live in a world where every single word we hear meets with our approval.  that level of purity can only lead to a life of bitterness and frustration

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
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    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:20:19 AM PST

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    •  In this country almost no government act or (2+ / 0-)
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      splashy, George Hier

      action can be taken, at any level of government, across a bazillion jurisdictions from Congress through the local town hall, unless it is part of a religious ceremony, and the religious ceremony has primacy. Without it the legislators cannot convene or even adjourn for lack of business to transact. Our government would cease to function immediately should some mysterious malady take out all the priests and other sacerdotes. If this does not bother you too, perhaps you should ponder why it does not.

      Were our governing bodies actions not dependent upon being part of a religious ceremony, perhaps they might be less inclined to pass so many laws that are based on religion or its precepts. Of course, the idea that theocracy is bad is a fringe idea, but nonetheless, it is one worth examining during one's idle moments.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:51:50 AM PST

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      •  the main reason it does not bother me is that (1+ / 0-)
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        having worked in government agencies when I was younger, i separate the ceremonial functions of government from the actual work of government.

        the substantive work of government goes on in people's offices and at people's desks and during people's meetings, and those governmental acts and actions have nothing to do with religious ceremonies.

        for the record, i agree with you that theocracy is bad.

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
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        by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:05:29 AM PST

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    •  I am not an atheist (1+ / 0-)
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      enhydra lutris

      But have to say it's not just a "scattering of words."

      It's imposing religion before anything can get done, to make sure that everyone is reminded that religion is paramount when it comes to making the decisions, beforehand.

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      by splashy on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:07:56 PM PST

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    •  There is no such thing as being a little bit (0+ / 0-)

      pregnant. An official government function has once again been subsumed within a prayer meeting such that the government function is subservient to and dependent upon the occurrence of the religious function.

      This is not about some annual TV special, this is about the government, which is supposed to be secular, not religious.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:25:37 PM PST

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