Behold one of the most pure and shining moments of the religious right bemoaning their waning influence over our secular government by screaming religious persecution. I challenge you to find another more pitch perfect example.
You know, you mention this is the Freedom From Religion Foundation. It's amazing how people who are so ideologically driven like this, trying to reinvent and recreate an America in their own secular humanist self-image have to get around or trample over, if you will, the United States constitution. The clear precedent, the clear law of the land in order to try to really cleanse any public sphere of any, it's not just any religion, it's the Christian religion. It's religious cleansing that they are engaging in here.Holy cow, where to even begin. Clearly these people have learned a thing or two from Karl Rove and his successful tactic of accusing your adversaries of the very same egregious behavior you engage in. I find it hard to believe that this man doesn't see the irony in just about every word he spewed. Completely twist the framing and intent of our Constitution? Check. Call the work of the Freedom from Religion Foundation a "religious cleansing" in a not so subtle attempt to liken it to ethnic cleansing? Check. Slip in some violent imagery and say "just joking"? Check. It's all in there in this jaw-dropping 73 seconds. It is a bit regretful that he didn't manage to work in the War on Christmas. Missed opportunities suck.
What do you do with a bully? If a bully keeps getting his way and intimidating kids on the playground and nobody stands up for themselves, then the bully is encouraged and emboldened and continues to bully more and more people. But when a little kid is being bullied and he turns around and punches the bully in the mouth - metaphorically speaking, of course - then the bully often times is proven to be a paper tiger. Well, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is nothing but a giant paper tiger.
Matt Barber is the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Liberty Council and Vice President of their offshoot lobbying organization, the Liberty Council Action. He recently sunk to a level so low that it physically made me sick to my stomach. On World AIDS Day he tweeted this:
The link takes you to a picture of a man dying of AIDS while being held by his father. So it should surprise absolutely no one that he would have the audacity to tilt at the Freedom From Religion Foundation's windmill in such a reality challenged way. The man is a shameless as they come.