Friday, April 10, 2009

blog against theocracy

The theme of the blogswarm:
Is not to bash religion -
but it is a reminder that the Government
should keep out of religion, and
Religion should keep out of the government.

The legitimate powers of government extend

to such acts only as are injurious to others.

But it does me no injury for my neighbor

to say there are twenty gods or no god.

It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg.

Thomas Jefferson

Short animation here

everybody wants to go to heaven,
nobody wants to die - ellen mcilwaine






32 comments:

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Yes! I am in full agreement!

Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks for stopping by Nick. It means a lot coming from you ; )

R.L. Bourges said...

durn! you're right and so is Ken Nordine (I mean, 'the voice'): them little yellow bunny ears, they sure do stand out in a crowd. Maybe the yellow bunnny needs blue bunny ears? He could wear them just like a hat and freak out the other bunnies by tipping them - you know? 'Lovely day to you, ladybunnies?" "Tod! How you been, old bunnybuddy? Long time no see!" The yellow bunny wouldn't be so conspicuous that way, right? :-)

P.S. I agree with Thomas Jefferson. As a matter of fact, I'm clicking on the pic right this minute.

Cheers, cm.

California Girl said...

I very much agree. Love to see some of these clowns like Pat Robertson and the late Liberty College guy (I can't think this AM) keep their comments to themselves as long as they accept govt money or special tax status. They should have no influence whatsoever in our politics.

Marianna said...

So many many wars in the 'name of God'...I am with you on that one. Freedom to believe whatever one wants!!

Have a great day (and weekend:-)
Peace

Butternut Squash said...

Fine comment. My last post was about having to deal with Christianity taught in our local public school. Peace.

Merle Sneed said...

CM you've hit the nail on the head. I loved the Jefferson quote and of course the video.

Tengrain said...

Coffee - I submitted this for you at the blogswarm HQ (You said in a comment at MPS that you did not know how to do it...)

Best regards, and thanks for posting!

Regards,

Tengrain

ArtSparker said...

I guess it would be inappropriate for me to say "Amen, brother"? My father belongs to something called people for the American way which is a watchdog organization to maintain separation of church and state. I do believe that the influence of a certain brand of religion on government is fading.

ArtSparker said...

Oh, I looked agin...I see an animation of the bunnies sliding back and forth in alternate rows to Pink Floyd's the Wall.

subtorp77 said...

Spot on with this one, C.M. Especially the video!

Cinema,Noir,Books,and Music... said...

Hi! C.M.,
Thanks, for sharing the thoughts, the short video and the words of
Ken Nordine.
C.M., I want to take time to wish you, your family, and the readers of your blog a very Happy Easter.

Deedee ;-D

Megan said...

Yep.

Megan said...

Such a jarring thing - the Att'y General spoke up about the drunk driving incident that happened here the other day and started talking about angels and such.

NOT cool.

Thorne said...

This is RTFO! It's so good to visit here again. It's been awhile.

California Girl said...

After I read and commented on this post this morning, they had quite a discussion about this very subject on Morning Joe. I wanted to call and tell you to watch but I don't know your number! :) probably on youtube. I think it was Jon Meacham from Newsweek and a few others along with loudmouth Joe Scarborough. Interesting discussion indeed. Meacham has an article in the latest Newsweek on why Christianity is declining in the U.S.. I think it's down 10% and he attributes part of the decline to the hard religious right wing stances taken by Jerry Falwell (could NOT think of his name this morning) and others driving more moderate folk out of the church. Inotherwords, polarization or abstinence. Makes sense.

Dogs by Bri said...

Nicely quoted.

Love the peeps too.

Bri-

Kurt said...

Nice Jefferson quote.

reyjr said...

agree, a concept that is not really happening here as well...

Nicki said...

Nice post - I have to admit, I love the peeps! :) I think our country could use a bit more Jeffersonian thinking these days on this subject.

Coffee Messiah said...

rlb:It's something else, that's for sure.

c-g: Manpulation has been a tool used by many sides, sadly ; (

marianna: Yes, and is still goes on, why?

butternut: Will take a look.

merle: Thanks for looking!

10 G: U R the man, Thanks!

artspark: Kudos 2 your Dad ; )

subT: Thanks for looking!

dcd: Hey there and the same to you and your family, Thanks!

megan: What can you say? ; (

thorne: Hello again and Thanks for stopping by!

c-g: Sorry I didn't hear U calling ; ( Although I can't listen to MJ at all ; ( and yes, it makes sense, Thanks!

bri: Thanks for stopping by!

kurt: Where are the people today? taking this stand and what are they afraid of?

reyjr: Strange, isn't it?

nicki: Hi there, Thanks for stopping by and totally agree, 4 years now......

Anonymous said...

Excellent!

As a long time lurker, may I say you've done it again.

As I've said at other blogs, BAT even brought me out of blogging retirement.

Keep It Up,
Traveling Man

Dean said...

amen to that

David G said...

Hey, Coffee, a worthy cause indeed. If only we could loosen the divisive stranglehold that religion has over so many minds.

We live - we die - end of story. Let's try to make the living part as good as it can be! For everyone.

Coffee Messiah said...

tm: Nice to see U and Thanks for stopping by!

dean: Thanks!

david g: That's the perplexing part, why not share what's around and more than enough for those with too much, with those with too little?
Anyway, we know all this.....Thanks for stopping by!

Squirrel said...

Hey! I was here before, and ...can I use the excuse that blogger ate my comment? great post as always CM, have a sunny day!

Coffee Messiah said...

squirrel: No and Thanks ; )

simstone said...

"I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death." George Carlin

Coffee Messiah said...

simstone: Who could argue with that!

Candie Bracci said...

I fully agree!!

N said...

this is a constant fight here in india. to ensure that religion stays out of politics and politics stay out of religion. its a tough battle that the rest of us, the common man, is fighting. the interested parties are all too happy to mix the two for their own benefit.

Georg said...

Bonjour Coffee,

To cite Thomas Jefferson is always good and will be so for centuries to come.

He was one of Americas greatest.

One of these days I'll try to read his biography. Do you happen to know one??

Georg