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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

God, Kentucky, And Security.

Why is it that my homestate embarasses me more often that I care to admit?

Well, it's things like this that make me want to speak up:

An atheists-rights group is suing the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security because state law requires the agency to stress "dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth."

That's right kids. If you worship Ragnarok, Manon, or the giant spagetti monster, and you live in Kentucky - then you are putting your state at risk of a terrorist attack.

The requirement to credit God for Kentucky's protection was tucked into 2006 homeland security legislation by state Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a Southern Baptist minister.

Leave it to a Southern Baptist preacher to sneak something in like this.

Unfortunately, the people against this legislation did go just a bit too far:

The plaintiffs ask for the homeland security law to be stripped of its references to God. They also ask for monetary damages, claiming to have suffered sleeping disorders and "mental pain and anguish."

You see, it's flippant expectations like this that gives suits - or complaints - like this almost no validity.

However, the final bit does ring true:

"Plaintiffs also suffer anxiety from the belief that the existence of these unconstitutional laws suggest that their very safety as residents of Kentucky may be in the hands of fanatics, traitors or fools," according to the suit.

Fanatics. Yes.

Traitors? Maybe.

Fools? An almost certainty.

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