29 May 2011

Another annoying attempt to inject religion into government

I've learned via Friendly Atheist that the great State of Ohio is looking to revamp the "I voted today!" stickers routinely given out at the polls on Election Day.  Normally this wouldn't be news, but upon closer inspection I find something even tackier than usual about two of the proposed designs...
"With God, all things are possible."  Now, I fully understand that many religious people hold their god near and dear to their hearts, and that they feel that even a task as mundane as going to the polling station is accomplished through said god's grace.  You're entitled to that belief in a free country, but why oh why must my tax dollars go toward printing it on millions of stickers?  A sticker with a slogan that said "With godlessness, all things are possible" or "Without religion, all things are possible" or anything to that effect would be just as tacky and just as much of a minuscule erosion on the First Amendment (though I suspect many Christians would find it downright offensive as opposed to simply irritating).

Of course, "With God, All Things Are Possible" is our state's motto, and therefore can be flaunted on anything the state wants to print without any legal grounds to oppose it (the ACLU already tried that and failed).

Fortunately for those who believe that government should be secular, they're selecting the new sticker design solely by online poll.

Given the secular community's affinity for all things internet, I have little doubt as to how this will turn out once the word spreads around.  This one to the right is currently in the lead, and I happen to like it the best out of all the options.  I'd be proud to wear it on Election Day.  It's clever, modern, and doesn't cheapen democracy by invoking mythological figures as the reason for election season.
As inane as the sanctimonious sticker slogan is, little attempts like this by Christians to wedge their god into every aspect of public life are still irritating.

It's as annoying as a fly buzzing around the table when you're trying to eat, never actually landing on your food but still periodically passing through your field of vision as if to say "Nyeh nyeh, I'm a fly and I'm here and this is my room, so go eat somewhere else if you don't like it!"  Your initial gut reaction is to want to swat the fly, but you'd really be content with just shooing it back outside where it belongs.

Similarly, the secular movement in this country doesn't seek to crush religion, but rather to shoo it outside of government where it belongs, where it can go about its business without incessantly buzzing in our faces and hovering over our rights.

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