Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Oh, that pesky First Amendment!
I have been following this story with great interest, outrage, and amusement. Yes, Rob Sherman is annoying and goes way too far most of the time, a la Madeline Murray O'Hair. However, every cause needs an extremist to get things rolling; the truth, or compromise, will eventually lie somewhere in the middle once people get used to the idea that there are two (or more) sides to the issue. In this particular case, Mr. Sherman, a well-known atheist activist, was invited to testify before the Illinois State Legislature about the governor's shady method of disguising public funds being given to a Baptist church in Chicago. But during his testimony, Chicago representative Monique Davis (a democrat, no less!) WENT OFF on him in a way that should be keeping her awake at night with embarrassment. Taking his atheism as a personal attack on her, she completely lost control of her words, loudly informing him not only that his ideals are destructive but that "it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!"
It's a story that the MSM didn't touch, of course, but the blogosphere found it and ran with it. And yesterday, Ms. Davis hit the big time by becoming MSNBC's Keith Olbermann's Worst Person In The World. Thank you for advancing the cause of secularism, Ms. Davis.