The latest blow against religious freedom and diversity and in favor of theocracy was struck here in Texas, when the House voted by an overwhelming margin (of course they want to get re-elected, after all) to add "under God" to the Texas pledge.
First off, it's news to me that there was a "Texas pledge". I don't recall reciting one when I was a student way back when, so this must be a new development in the last decade or so.
Mirroring the current trend among social conservatives to force unanimity of thought as regards religion upon schoolchildren everywhere, the House had precious view members with the integrity and character to speak up against this bill. Lon Burnam, a Fort Worth Democrat, floated the idea that this just might, you know, impinge on the individual religious freedoms of students.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, rejected that argument and said adding the words was simply "common sense."
So there you have it. Suck it up, rationalists. It's just "common sense" to go with the fundamentalist flow and shoehorn acknowledgment of an invisible magic being into a daily school activity. And now that that's out of the way, this intelligent design stuff looks pretty nice, too, don't it...
Here is Debbie Riddle's contact information. Let her know, in polite but unflinching terms, how you as a Texas atheist feel about her bill. Tell her how proud you are that the legislature has done such a fine job of solving all of the state's other pressing problems that they had sufficient free time to devote to Godding up the Texas pledge. And here is a choice quote, on another matter entirely, reflecting on Debbie's loving, Christian nature.
- "Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell. And it's cleverly disguised as having a tender heart, [but] it's ripping the heart out of this country." Source.