Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Separation of Church and State Alive but on Life Supports

In a story out of San Francisco, the 9th Circuit has ruled that a county social services department does not have accommodate the beliefs of a radical christianist who thinks he has the right -- no the duty -- to evangelize, to proselytize others at his workplace

This is a county department. There is such a thing as separation of church and state. Not that it matters to Daniel Berry, the plaintiff in the case, a glassy-eyed bible-thumping true believer. And, interestingly enough, not that it matters to the US Equal Employment Commission, who encouraged Berry in this ridiculous behavior. Berry "should be allowed to discuss religion with 'receptive' clients and display a Spanish-language Bible and 'Happy Birthday Jesus' sign in the cubicle where he counsels them".

These are the fucking people who are supposed to be looking out for our rights! What the fuck is the matter with them? I work for a state agency in Washington State, and the last thing I need when I go to work is to have to put up with some lame-brain bible-thumping moron trying to cram Jesus down my throat. And it makes it so much worse that Berry is also shoving Jesus up the ass of the people he is counseling.

I don't know what kind of counseling he is doing, but I will bet good money that his clients are most likely poor, under-educated, and desperate. Exactly the kind of mix that will make them appear to be "receptive" to the Right Reverend Berry because they are afraid of what would happen to them if they did not put up a receptive-appearing front.

Screw Daniel Berry and his proselytizing. If I want Jesus, I know where to find him. At this point, thanks to the televangelists who spew their drivel into the airwaves (take a drive through the rural south some time; them and draft-dodging oxycontin-addict and confessed drug criminal Rush Limbaugh are about all you can hear on the radio for long stretches), so does everyone who lives on this goddam planet. We don't need Berry and his bible-thumping morons to tell us.

1 Comment:

Puma said...

And don't forget those whackjob pharmacists, denying emergency contraception to rape victims. What we have here is a Dominionist theocracy in the making.

I grew up in the sixties and seventies... and I hardly recognize my country anymore.