Saturday, January 28, 2006

Run for your life, Hubby!

Senator Ken Pruitt wrote such a nutsy letter that I didn't say anything about until I read in the newspaper that it's not a hoax (it's so bad I thought Mr. Pruitt had an enemy out to undermine him). It came addressed to my Eagle Scout hubby but he shared with me. For those of you who don't know him, Ken Pruitt is the Chairman of the Rules Committee in the Fla. Senate and the Senate President Designate. So he's not a nobody -- just a nut job. "I want to force them [liberals in Fla. Senate] to go on record as either being FOR or AGAINST the Boy Scouts and the Pledge of Allegiance." "The very worst thing that can happen is for god-honoring, patriotic Florida voters to sit silently on the sidelines while the ACLU, anti-God, left-wing liberals and unelected judges run roughshod over your free speech rights and your right to express your faith in God." Oh, and send me your "best contribution." This last bit gets repeated a lot. Nice to see that the Senate President Designate is against divisiveness. Oh, and hello Ranting Rightie. I figure you'll be stopping by.


Ben said...

I can always tell when someone from the Ranting Right Wing Howler visits my blog, even if they don't leave a comment, it is a lot like you could always tell when your dad had been in the bathroom before you if you know what I mean.

On topic- I actually have to start laughing at publicity stunts like that. Who do these people think they are? They don't own me, they don't control my thoughts. I am an atheist and proud of it, why should me, or any liberal in the Florida senate have to state some kind of loyalty oath to anything? Why does the pledge even matter? I was never in the Boy Scouts and I have my own morals and ethics that I developed without god or camping with older men away from my parents.

I'm sorry, I was under the impression that this was a free country.


Wendy Boucher said...

Doesn't it kill you that in an era where (finally) women, minorities, and even gays are making headway in elected politics -- the certain kiss of death for a politician would be to admit to being an atheist?

Ben said...

I don't know whether it would be the kiss of death or not. I do know this, I am really tired of this Puritanical hold that religion has on modern pop-culture, politics etc.

I actually had to forcefully tell an 89 year old woman that I didn't want to hear about Jesus. I work for the cable company and she was having trouble getting her Christian Channel in. No problem, then she asks if I ever watch it, I say I don't because I am an atheist. I can't even pretend to be a Christian to make a customer happy. She then goes on a rant that I will discover god one day and I will need him at some point etc.

I finally had to tell her that I was an atheist because I used to be a Christian, not because I need to be a Christian.

So, if I were running for office and anyone asked I would tell the truth and then dare anyone to make an issue of it.

Wendy Boucher said...

Good job Ben. I'll vote for you.

Now I'm off. Girlie gets to go to Disney for her birthday tomorrow and this Mom is going to need a full eight hours sleep so that I don't grumpy when my heels get whammed by strollers.