Great news for those concerned about the separation of church and state. As the New Atheist reports, the judge correctly identified (PDF) the plates, which would read “I Believe,” as unconstitutional endorsements of religion — and likely a politically calculated move.
Troubling is how Lt. Governor Andre Bauer busts out the tired “liberal activist judges” trope that the lunatic GOP fringe is so fond of:
[The ruling] once again shows how liberal judges are not just interpreting the law but making legislation.
Oh good, another reason for me to hate Catholicism (and Christianity in general):
Of the donations supporting the anti-gay Yes on 1 measure in Maine, 89% ($3 million) came from churches, Christian organizations, and their employees. The Catholic Church alone directly contributed $553,608.27.
Ah yes, Christian charitable giving. Warms the cockles of the heart.
Does anyone care to explain why Catholics think preventing gay couples from happy commitment is worth half a million dollars?
I’ll take a stab at it: Because the Catholics are all about creating guilt for, and instilling control over, the sexual and reproductive nature of, well, everyone. Their dogma is that sex (which they define to include masturbation and oral sex) is only appropriate for married couples attempting to procreate. Gay sex — indeed, homosexuality itself — is a direct challenge to that idea; for if God made men who have sex with men, procreation can hardly be the only purpose of sex, can it?
And then where will the Catholic babies come from, if Catholic couples no longer fear damnation if they use birth control?
I found the following letter in The Independent:
Letter: The toddler Jesus
Tuesday, 30 December 1997
The toddler Jesus
Sir: Glad tidings! Miles Kington has taken up New Testament studies (16 December). But he is way off-target in suggesting that Mary’s Boy Child would have made grown-up remarks at the age of six months. Luke’s Gospel (2:46,52) makes it quite clear that Jesus was a normal child who “grew both in body and wisdom” and asked questions rather than giving answers.
The passage in question recounts the story of Jesus going to the temple as a young boy/man and simultaneously learning and debating Jewish theology in an extraordinarily gifted manner. This is weird, because where is that skill coming from? The fact he is God? Then why does he need to learn anything at all?
That is a reason that a baby Jesus is absurd. What was God thinking as he waved his little hands and soiled himself?