Saturday, October 29, 2011

Terrist-Killing Jeebus Keeps Kentucky Safe

Kentucky's warriors against commiemuslinterrists don't have to resort to murdering American citizens without due process; they can just pray the motherfuckers into submission.

From the Herald:

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has the right to publicly declare "dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth," the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

State law requires the Office of Homeland Security to publicize God's benevolent protective powers in its official reports and on a plaque posted outside the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort. State Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a Southern Baptist minister, placed the "Almighty God" language into the law establishing the office without much notice at the time.

A group of atheists sued after the Lexington Herald-Leader wrote about the law in 2008. They argued that the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions prohibit the government from endorsing religion or conveying messages of mandatory religious belief. In 2009, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate sided with them and struck down the law.

But in a split decision, a three-judge appellate panel ruled Friday that the state law is constitutionally harmless.

The appellate judges compared Kentucky's law to Ohio making "With God, All Things Are Possible" its official state motto, which the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld as constitutional in 2001, they wrote.

"The Kentucky legislature has not attempted to compel belief or participation in any form of religious exercise, nor does it seek to prefer one belief over another. A simple reference to a generic 'God' acknowledges religion in a general way," Judge Laurance VanMeter of Lexington wrote in the majority opinion. VanMeter was joined by Judge Thomas Wine of Louisville.

In a dissenting opinion, Special Judge Ann O'Malley Shake of Louisville said Kentucky's law crossed a constitutional line. Among other things, she said, the law has criminal penalties, including up to 12 months in jail, for anyone who fails to comply.

Unlike the Ohio state motto, which is "passive," Shake wrote, Kentucky's law "is a legislative finding, avowed as factual, that the commonwealth is not safe absent reliance on Almighty God. Further, (the law) places a duty upon the executive director to publicize the assertion while stressing to the public that dependence upon Almighty God is vital, or necessary, in assuring the safety of the commonwealth."

One of the plaintiffs, American Atheists, plans to appeal Friday's decision to the Kentucky Supreme Court, said its president, David Silverman. American Atheists is a national non-profit advocacy group.

The fact that two Kentucky judges have said the law is constitutional and two other judges have disagreed "just shows the very deep division over religion in our society," said Edwin Kagin of Union, an attorney for American Atheists.

"What if the law required that Kentucky acknowledge our reliance on the benevolent protection of Allah? Would everyone still be in favor of it then?" Kagin asked. "Of course not."

Riner, the legislator who added the Almighty God section to the homeland security law, said the nation's founding documents refer to "Our Creator" and "Divine Providence." Kentucky state government should be free to do likewise, he said.

"I'm very thankful for judges who take into account the original intent of our Founders when interpreting the intent of the Constitution," Riner said.

As I wrote three years ago:

You may also believe this. If you do, please paint "We put our faith in god" on your front door, back door, roof and car so that the next time you need help from the actual human beings who work emergency rescue, they'll know to pass you by to help people who put their faith in government services.


Stressing dependence on god is the department's initial duty? Really? Because when I'm trapped under tornado wreckage, or seeking shelter from a train wreck's poisonous gas cloud, or hoping the security at the neighborhood chemical plant is tighter than it looks, what I really want to see first is the Department of Homeland Security's overpaid executives down on their knees praying to an invisible sky wizard.

I'm a die-hard fan of public servants, and will defend them and their work to the death.

But I'll make an exception for those who think their irrational fantasies take precedence over doing their job. Them, I say fire immediately. They can find out for themselves how much their precious private sector appreciates that kind of stupidity.


Kathy said...

I do wonder what God thinks about this. Just my opinion, but I think God would much prefer to be invoked when encouraging others to help those in need. And criminal penalties if one fails to use the required prose? Sounds a little like idolatry to me.

c u n d gulag said...

And take off the "Atheist's Love America, Too!" bumper sticker, lest in the coming year there are EMS God Squads, who rescue only true believers, and leave the rest of us for God to sort out.

Wouldn't that be the natural progression of a religious state that allows drug store employees to determine whether they'll fill a pill prescription or sell a pack or Trojans, and hospitals who deny women who may need an abortion to save their lives, and make her go somewhere else?

"Oh thank goodness EMS is finally here, Honey!"

"Yes, but before we help, you'll have to recite the Lords Prayer and name the 10 Commandment, or else we'll think you're faking it!"

Just another step towards The United Dominionist Christian Corporate States of America. 'In God We Trust - the rest of you will have to provide proof!'

Yellow Dog said...

Dead On, c u n d gulag.

I am reassured, however, that we're not there yet: people are still trying to rip the "Godless American" bumper sticker off my car instead of just sicing the stormtroopers on me.

PurpleGirl said...

I think the Goddess gets rather upset with idiots like Riner. They don't even try to take care of her creation and they want to destroy it in so many ways. Instead of thinking that disaster are payback for "sins", I think they are payback for Riner's existence.

Carol Ann said...

There is a Muslim saying: Trust in God but guard your camel. In other words, don't just blindly turn your commonsense off when you believe in God.

Kathy said...

"Yes, but before we help, you'll have to recite the Lords Prayer and name the 10 Commandment, or else we'll think you're faking it!"

Some fundies might find themselves out of luck if that were the case. Remember this guy?

merlallen said...

I don't think they realize that God, Allah and Yahweh are all the same deity.