Pagan forbidden from opening temple in Beebe, Arkansas because his god isn’t the Christian god @ Richard Dawkins Foundation

Pagan forbidden from opening temple in Beebe, Arkansas because his god isn’t the Christian god 

This is exactly what separation of church and state do not look like. This is also what agenda setting in the news looks like. Where’s the story? HuffPo, Dawkins, and local. These good folks need people to stand with them in solidarity, pagan or not. Or have we forgotten Cardinal Niemoller’s words so soon?

Sadly, this is all too relevant to the current SCOTUS and genie-out-the-bottle debacle. As a friend shared second-hand in a recent post, paraphrased, “if you believe something really hard you get to live by a different set of rules.” Not-so-minor correction:

If you believe something religious really hard, you get to live by a different set of rules, but only if its the state sanctioned religion. We live under the most perversely subversive rulers I can currently imaging, but I’m sure they’ll continue to outdo me. They use the First Amendment to undermine the First Amendment in ways that further undermine the First Amendment. It’s like living in a funhouse infinity mirror in a remake of Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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Image credit: Adapted from original photograph by Andrew Russeth @ flikr.com. Licensed under Creative Commons.

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