And yet he has a point. Polite and civil tend to get shoved aside, swept under the rug and ignored. I mean, do you think America would have won it's independence from Britain if we had just sent a painfully polite letter asking to be set free? Answer to that is no.
What rights have these Satanists lost that's comparable to that of the American colonists that requires armed insurrection?
When something like religion is in place, the majority tends to ignore the minority. They even have a tendency to think that their religion is the only one that deserves to be acknowledged and followed.
So this isn't some sort of separation of church and state issue or pertaining to religious symbols in public areas but actually a case of Satanists not being allowed to worship or be recognized?
I know this because I listen to my parents rant and rave how every person who worships other than christianity should be shipped out of this country because 'by God America is a christian nation!'
It takes moves like this to smack people awake. To get them to sit up
So in order to get people to sit up, one would act more like your monstrous parents then a civil and respectful person and anyone who disagrees is well... privileged and trying to keep those uppity Satanists/Queers/Niggers/Injuns/Monarchists/Pinkos/Breeders down?
and make them realize that there are others with differing beliefs around
People in general don't realize that? (besides your parents)
and that this country was founded on religious freedom
That too is not realized in general? (besides your parents)
as well as has a separation of church and state. If they want to have their religious beliefs displayed in government/public places then every other religion should be granted the same privilege. If they do not want to grant that privilege, then they should lose it as well.[/size][/font][/center]
I agree, as long as it's practical to do so. I'd hate to see these public places being used to to foment divisive discourse and petty politics by turning into a cornucopia of iconography. I think it'd be great to see public displays of Hindu or Islamic or Jewish etc imagery if permitted and practical. If not at that courthouse, then maybe another one. Or perhaps a university would be appropriate, such as how the positive use of the zero IIRC is rooted in Jainism, one of the most ancient religions. Or maybe discourses in mathematics that were originally found in the Vedas or something. I'm sure something appropriate can be found for other public buildings to help celebrate diversity as well as long as it's done in an respectful manner. And in fact, I'm pretty positive such things have already been stated by other privileged posters in this thread.
It just seems too often that people see some symbol and get a kneejerk reaction to wish to counter it like in this case when (I'm assuming) they could just as easily apply for erecting their own monument or what have you in another location that might even be more appropriate or practical or popular or educational or celebratory of their own traditions and whatnot.
In my opinion, appealing to tradition does not add any validity to showing preferential treatment to any one religion.
So would you remove two of the five rays of the Seal of Oklahoma because they are showing religious preference to only two instead of all of the 'uppity' minorities in the State of Oklahoma? Or is there a caveat that only the privileged religious classes, whatever they maybe, should be affected by your appeals?
How about the seal of the Oklahoma City? There's a subtle cross (easily interpreted as Christian) over the shield which ostensibly refers to a shield of law and protection. Almost as disturbing (if your privileged like me) is that there is a pendant of eagle feathers which according to the city of Oklahoma City, is a symbol of the Great Eagle which is revered in many Native American cultures and religions. (which it is)