GOES TO REHAB
HE HAS LESSONS TO LEARN
Recently an old video
surfaced of a fellow by the name of Al Armendiariz who is an official of the
Governments Environmental Protection Agency. He
stated that the EPAs enforcement philosophy was similar to that of the Roman
practice of entering a village and to "take the first five guys they saw and crucify
them." Then the town would be
"really easy to manage for the next few years" he continued. In other words, big Oil companies beware --
dont expect moral, ethical or Constitutional treatment from this bad hombre! After the video hit YouTube, he reflexively
apologized. Al now has a rare distinction on
his resume; he offended both the right and left on the national scale with one statement. His apology for a poor choice of words
was meant to placate the right leaning Christians among us who didnt take kindly to
the clumsy metaphor.
a Christian, and as is my duty, I can forgive Al. We
all make mistakes. By apologizing he asked for
forgiveness, and forgiveness is his. However,
we Christians are softies when it comes to the business of forgiveness. Al still has to make amends with the left. You just have to feel sorry for the guy thinking
about what he is going to have to endure.
wonders if the next reflexive act for Al is to enter a rehab facility. The video clip will be on the MSNBC web site
showing a shell-shocked Al Armendiariz entering the Betty Ford Clinic flanked by a
secularly pious and solemn escort of Bill Maher and Michael Moore. Barry Linn, of Americans United for Separation of
Church and State, will provide the droning audio voice over.
Als penance to the left will thus begin.
You see, what Mr. Armendiariz did is simply not allowed by an official of a
progressive administration: He made a public
religious reference. He obliquely brought
religion into the public square. In doing so
he violated the most cherished modern-day liberal shibboleth. True liberals dont make public references
about religion or utter any comment that could positively reflect on the divine, spiritual
or people of faith; people who do so are from the unwashed icky conservative tribe.
Yep, Old Al is due for some
reprogramming. He has lessons to learn. Face it Al, a simple Im sorry is
not going to cut it among your ideological peers.
Al is done at the treatment center, he will have relearned the basic tenant of liberal
orthodoxy. For those who must, religion is to
be practiced only in a place called a church or in the privacy of ones own home. Any
representation of religion outside of those two places is an affront to the liberal
constituency that demands that their secular belief system never be challenged.
no mistake, the secular belief system can never allow itself to be scrutinized by a
competing belief system that has moral absolute truths as a reference point. For the practicing liberal, such scrutiny fails
because it just isnt fair the other side has an unfair advantage. For things to work according to the progressive
play book, any religious principles that escape the confines of church or private
residence must be mocked, marginalized, legislated against or blocked by judicial action. A well trained progressive intuitively knows that
even a fleeting acknowledgement of the magical sky spirit (in case the term
God is unfamiliar to the well trained progressive) must quickly be put back
into the bottle and sealed away. Bad things
happen for progressives if this isnt done quickly.
You cant compel a religious people or a religious organization to violate
their own principles under pain of secular prosecution if religious principles have
credibility in the public square. No, those
religious principles must be isolated, segregated and confined to church and home. Hence, survival of liberal orthodoxy demands that
religion be kept out of the public square at all cost lest it gain traction.
will learn that a corollary to keeping sacred thought out of the public square is to
redefine religious liberty. Religious liberty
must be reduced to merely freedom of worship. Do
what you want, worship in any manner you like I just dont want to see it or
hear it. For the largely secular left,
the concept of practicing ones faith in public is an anathema; putting religion into
practice is a wholly unwarranted exercise if you do not subscribe to a religion in the
first place. To graduate from rehab, Al needs
to understand that a devoutly religious person is not permitted to participate in the body
politic except as a secular being.
Al will have to learn how to deal with this pesky nuisance called the Constitution. He need not worry too much. The proscription forbidding Congress to prohibit
the free exercise thereof with regard to religion is largely ignored. The plain English understanding that laws will not
prohibit the practice of religion has been interpreted, twisted and rationalized away. Doubt it? A
public school teacher can demonstrate how to put a condom on a cucumber or describe gay
sex acts to children with the concurrence of our courts, but let that same teacher suggest
that the children may want to pray for world peace or give thanks to God for their many
blessings and that teacher will find them self out of a job by days end. Al can take note that the Constitution was written
over two hundred years ago by dead white males and it simply is not taken seriously
apologized for a poor choice of words when invoking images of the crucifixion
as a metaphor for EPA policy enforcement. I
will try to choose my words more carefully: Al,
Godspeed on your journey of progressive redemption.
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