A Post Of Ignorance
Roy’s disciple is terribly upset that the student government at a community college in California decided to stop opening meetings with the pledge of allegiance.
The screed makes sure we know that one of the students is “an atheist and a socialist.” The author also finds it offensive that students would exercise their freedom “In the wake of this past weekend’s celebration of the sacrifices that our brave veterans have made so that we might be free.” And of course, he clarifies everything for us by baldly asserting “that the First Amendment does not forbid acknowledgments of God by the government.”
Here’s the detailed response to these non-arguments, if you need it. But I’m sure you are smart enough to realize they are a load of crap.
First, the fact that these students are allegedly socialists and atheists has nothing to do with the merits of their arguments; if they had voted to have donuts and coffee at all meetings, would donuts and coffee now be bad? Oh, and by the way, the author of the pledge of allegiance? A socialist.
Second, it seems to me that refusing to swear a loyalty oath is pretty consistent with fighting for freedom. And in any event, I’m sure that all of our soldiers are mature enough to understand that fighting for other people’s freedom means fighting for the right of those people to say and do things the soldier might not like.
Third, as ex-Judge Moore could certainly testify, plenty of courts would disagree with the assertion that the First Amendment allows the government to acknowledge God (whatever that means). And even if the writer is correct about the government acknowledging God that does not mean that these students can’t, or shouldn’t, decide to provide more religious freedom than the constitution provides. That the government can acknowledge God does not mean a student led group must acknowledge God.
To his credit, the author concludes:
Supporters of the “American experiment,” as Alexis de Tocqueville once called it, have nothing to fear from socialist rabble-rousers like Mr. Ball because his view, like the countries that have practiced such philosophies, will wind up on the ash heap of history where it belongs.
This is exactly why we have the First Amendment. We don’t need to fear “socialist rabble-rousers” or insane theocrats because if either is going to succeed it will have to be on the strength of their arguments. Neither group is allowed government help.