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The Tentacle


July 1, 2002

To Those Oversensitive People Out There - Get Over It!

Michael Barnes

The oath of office for Frederick City officials in January. The Ten Commandments memorial this spring. The Pledge of Allegiance in June. What's next?

Lee Greenwood better look out. Next thing you know his 'God Bless the USA' will be banned from the airwaves like John Denver's 'Rocky Mountain High' was banned in the 70's.

I have read that the decision that declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional is now on hold while the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether or not to rehear the case. Good idea, maybe cooler heads (and those with more common sense) will prevail.

The origin of this case involves an atheist who didn't want his daughter to be forced to hear the pledge.

I am sorry, but, as was seen in the "Bill of No Rights," no one in this country has the right to NOT be offended by what other people say.

It would be a different story if she were being forced to SAY it. Then I would have no problem with throwing it out.

But she wasn't being forced to say it. She just had to endure the 10-15 seconds that the pledge lasts. She could leave the room for a minute. Ear plugs are always an option.

Are the words 'under God' really that offensive to one's ears?

I am, by no means, a religious person; I would even consider myself a borderline atheist.

Yet, for the life of me I cannot comprehend why these people make it such a passion in their life to use and abuse our legal systems to fit what they feel should be the right thing.

Kind of reminds me of most of our elected officials, creating legislation designed to punish groups of people under the lie of 'public good' (drug laws, tobacco taxes, noise ordinances and so on).

What other things should we get rid of because it may be offensive to this minority?

First off we should start with a massive recall of all coins and paper monies. New dies must be cast removing "In God We Trust" from our currency. (Better yet, if the idiots who are offended by the word 'God' would prefer, they can send all of their money to my address)

Next: "America the Beautiful", "God Bless America" and even the National Anthem (the third to the last line of the 4th verse contains the phrase "In God is our trust"). Gone!

The Declaration of Independence. See ya! (4 references to a higher power)

Funding for chaplains in Congress and the Armed Forces?

Heck, even the Constitution has a reference to a higher power.

So what we are looking at here is this: An egotistical and self centered effort by a few people who don't have a full understanding of the scope of what they are doing when they try to get certain items banned or removed from what has become over the course of many years tradition and an American institution.

There are more important things that we should be worried about than simple words. No one is being harmed. No one is being forced to believe in 'God'.

I have three words for people who are becoming overly sensitive to petty things like this whole Allegiance hubbub: "Get over it"



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