Thursday, August 24, 2006

Keep Your Church Off My State

It is well-established that there is a history in the United States concerning a separation of church and state. Whether or not this ideal is acted on in practice is a matter for debate, but the ideal remains. In fact, this line of thought is used by those fighting to keep the Ten Commandments out of schools, the Bhagavad Gita out of courtrooms, and any reference to God off of our currency.

But if you listen to Katherine Harris, running for Senate in Florida, everything about the concept of the separation of church and state is a lie. She points out that "God is the one who chooses our rulers" as proof of her belief that church and state are forever linked. Nevermind that in America we don't have rulers, we have elected representatives, and that part of the thinking behind requesting a separation between the two entities was for our Founding Fathers to attempt to avoid the pitfalls that had sprung up in the nations they originally emigrated from.

Of course, this is the same Katherine Harris who was highly involved in the Florida recounts of 2000 (the disputed ones that lead to GDub accending to the presidency in the first place), and who has lost numerous staffers over the course of her campaign because they can't keep up with the mistruths that she's speaking on the trail. This is the same woman who pledged to spend all of her own money on the Senate race, until she was down to her last penny, but failed to mention that she wasn't counting a large inheritence that would still net her an easy six figures, if not more.

The moral of the story is that Katherine Harris knows lies for the same reason that Paris Hilton knows music. They both hear them all the time.

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