Today’s news is a Theocrat’s Blue Plate Special:
“I don’t see what good it would be to take it out of the constitution. I don’t think you would have the support to remove that from our constitution at all,” DeLano said.
DeLano says he thinks the requirement reflects the culture and beliefs of the majority of Mississippians.
So what is this “it” of which Mississippi’s House Constitution chair Scott DeLano (R-Y’all Qaeda) speaks? Why, it is a provision that bans atheists from holding public office in that state:
Article 14, Section 265 of the state’s Constitution reads:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.
It’s patently unconstitutional and completely unenforceable, but Jeebus wept anyway.
Tax ‘em. They are doing political work and preaching from the pulpit, and yes: his show on the electronic TeeVee machine is indeed a pulpit.
Teen Could Get Two Years for Facebook Photos with Jesus Statue
Some horned-up teen is facing criminal charges and up to two years in a juvie for posting pictures on his MyFace wall of him getting a beejay from a statue of Jesus. “Eat, for this is my body” takes on a new meaning. The picture is kinda funny, but that there is a statute on the books for “Desecration of a Venerated Object” is not.
So… let me get this right: a public school in Florida, funded by tax-payer dollars, had a program wherein a Xristian Xrazie pastor was foisted on the football team? And Petunia and Pals thinks that it is unconstitutional to end that program?
Somewhere, my high school civics teacher is weeping.
Jeebus on a dino and zip-line ministries founder Ken Hamm’s latest grift, The Ark Encounter, has yet to get off the ground (er, on the zip line? In the water?) in Kentucky, and they are re-applying for a state tax incentive of more than $18 million because, well, time ran out on their last grift. Anyway, they are hiring!:
“Our work at Ark Encounter is not just a job, it is also a ministry. Our employees work together as a team to serve each other to produce the best solutions for our design requirements. Our purpose through the Ark Encounter is to serve and glorify the Lord with our God-given talents with the goal of edifying believers and evangelizing the lost.”
…which should make that whole First Amendment thingy kinda shudder, you know, with the state giving money to a fundamentalist Xristian Xrazie.
“But what about Dawson?,” as they used to say in the ’90s. Yes, Ken Ham has plans to discriminate against anyone who isn’t as nutty as he is:
The ad has specific religious requirements for employment. These include a salvation testimony, a “creation belief statement” and a requirement that applicants agree with the organization’s “statement of faith.” This required statement includes articles that imply that fundamentalist Christianity is the only acceptable religion and that denigrate non-Christians non-fundamentalist Christians, and homosexuals (regardless of their theological views).
Nice work if you can get it.
Livewire tells us…
President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.
It did not include any broad religious exemption for religious employers, which had been sought by religious leaders in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. White House officials had said Friday that the order would not include such an exemption.
Wingnuttian heads explode in 3… 2… 1…
…because sometimes you get it:
Less than three days after the Supreme Court ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that prayers before town meetings did not violate the Constitution’s ban on endorsing religion, a self-styled Satanist in Deerfield Beach, Florida has asked city officials to let him open a meeting with a Satanic prayer.
Also note that this Satanist is the same guy who erected the Festivus Pole made of PBR cans in his town square fighting the Xristian Xrazies on the Manger front.
This is what happens when people pervert religion to suit their own agendas.
I’m kind of without words for this. But talk about indoctrination and recruiting!
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Mr. C. Montgomery Burns)
Tengrain — and if you think I was going to put my usual signature somewhere in those four quadrants, you’re crazier than I am!
In my line of work, we get these sorts of “magic quadrant” analysis of where our products are compared to the competition. Some people find them useful.
UPDATE: According to Theocracy Watch, the theocratic governments of the world are Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vatican City.