Friday, March 27, 2015

Quote of the (15th) century

"Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth ... That would never be allowed."


No, that would not be allowed, because the quirky thing about America is that we can choose whether or not to go to church. Half of that, in case you missed it, is that Americans can go to any church they choose. Already! BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO. 

Anyway, Allen shouldn't want to force people to go, because isn't the point of finding a religion to give you some kind of personal, spiritual benefit? (Maybe I'm being idealistic here.) I fail to see how an amoral person who doesn't attend church being forced to do so will make that person moral. (It doesn't seem to help some people there already.) On the other hand, I can see how forcing someone to do something they don't want to do would ruin them on it forever, even if they might have been open to it on their own terms before.

Not to mention that if there was any talk of the compulsory church in question not being hers, Allen would be among the first to howl about indoctrination and the need for religious freedom because this is America, gosh-darn it!

(And why Sunday? Doesn't she know that not every religion's holy day is Sunday? What about Christians who go to church on Saturday because, say, they work on Sunday? Are they immoral? Am I overthinking this? Somehow, I doubt it.)

On the other hand, it might be worth it to see entities like the NFL, cinemas, bars and CBS Sunday Morning reclassify themselves as churches so millions of Americans can obey the law while doing what they really want to do on Sundays.

That's my hymn.

Would that be a particularly moral thing to do to our tax base? Well, who am I to judge?

If you need me on Sunday morning, I'll be either at the First Church of Bed or at the House of Tahoe. Morality!

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