Sunday, April 13, 2008

Jumping on the outrage bandwagon

If you haven't heard about this by now, well, now you have...

Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) interrupted atheist activist Rob Sherman during his testimony Wednesday afternoon before the House State Government Administration Committee in Springfield and told him, "What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous . . . it's dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!

"This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God," Davis said. "Get out of that seat . . . You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon."

To her credit, a week later Rep. Davis apologized to Sherman, offering the excuse that she'd just received some bad news...which caused her to take it out on the person sitting in front of her shortly thereafter.

Of course, had the person in the seat been Jewish or even gay, this would have been national news. But since it's only an atheist, it's confined to a corner of the Internet. Particularly upsetting to many of us, I'd wager, is the fact that it was a Democrat who spewed this bile. Democrats are still pretty weak on the separation of church and state, and they're the good guys.

Oh, unsurprisingly, she's in Barack Obama's corner. I'm sure this is due to their shared Illinois base and African-American base. And while I'm not into the game where Obama and Clinton are expected to denounce every crazy who they've met, this does little to assuage some of my concerns that Obama is surrendering the issue of separation of church and state to Republicans.

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