During a live segment on Fox News yesterday, Dana Perino had this to say about atheists who don’t like the words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I’m tired of them. I remember working at the Justice Department years ago when I first started right after 9/11 and a lawsuit like this came through, and before the day had finished, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives had both passed resolutions saying that they were for keeping ‘under God’ in the pledge. If these people really don’t like it, they don’t have to live here.”
I suppose I could presume to lecture her from my blog on how the Pledge didn’t used to contain the words “Under God” and was only added by a joint resolution of Congress on June 14, 1954 (amending §4 of the Flag Code enacted in 1942).
But I won’t. I will, however, offer to suggest that if Ms. Perino doesn’t like our separation of church and state I will gladly buy her a one-way plane ticket to a place where not only atheism isn’t allowed, it’s illegal.
No, not the Middle East. The place I have in mind is actually beautiful, tropic and sports some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I may be a liberal, I may not like Ms. Perino’s political leanings but I’m certainly not a monster. I wouldn’t wish the Middle East on her, anyone or even my worst enemy.
Where is this country, you ask? The one completely devoid of atheists and the ones who dare show themselves are thrown in jail?
Yes, Indonesia – a country where atheism is considered blasphemy and will get you thrown in jail but don’t worry, Dana – it’s cool. Indonesia is (mostly, for the time being) a secular country where there’s two sets of laws (one for Muslims and ones for non-muslims) and where your Christian marriage is considered a civil union.
But at least you won’t have those awful atheists to put up with anymore.