The 1st Commandment contradicts the 1st Amendment

He speaks fast as is necessary due to the time constraint, but the CC is very good.   Please look at the comments at the video link, as they tell a lot more of the story.  Hugs

8 thoughts on “The 1st Commandment contradicts the 1st Amendment

  1. A small problem that I see (minus his excellent remarks) is his appearance. To “conservatives,” he represents a “lesser” element of the population and is nothing more than a rabble-rouser. (No offense to you, Scottie, but the religious are, in many cases, button-down collar types.)

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    1. A fair point Nan. However there are not shortage of long-haired bearded guys waving guns and US flags ‘in the name of God’- Proud Boys for example.
      And let us not forget everyone’s favourite Shaman….. Intolerance and Ignorance comes in all shapes and forms.

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      1. Oh I agree! But this guy was pleading his case in front of (most likely) staid, Sunday morning worshippers who believe that “God” only approves what THEY teach and/or believe — that men should be men with short-cropped hair, suits, and ties!

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        1. Not some long haired guy in rough clothes and talking with a distinct ‘accent’…..
          Hmm sounds familiar to me….
          Oh of course….My Lord Jesus Christ….
          Annnnddd the short haired guys in ‘suits’….yep, there’s be romans.

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    2. You clearly haven’t seen our local Quaker Meeting for Worship, Everyone, and I mean everyone, dresses for comfort 🙂

      In a so called secular nation, how could mandating the display of any religious text be even contemplated? That such a proposal would ever come before the state legislature is beyond comprehension – well, beyond my comprehension anyway.

      Thankfully I live in a nation where politicians don’t say “God bless Aotearoa New Zealand” at the end of a speech, there are no “In God we trust” slogans displayed in public buildings or on our currency and where politicians are reluctant to reveal a religious affiliation if they have one, where the public has no interest in the religiosity or otherwise of politicians and where teaching religion in schools is prohibited (unless it’s outside school hours). Long may it remain so.


  2. What he did should be the rule, not the exception. It’s not only our right as citizens, it’s our duty to show up and direct our government. Use our rights, or lose our rights, it’s up to each one of us. I applaud those who cover their duty to the best of their abilities.

    Also: he did a superlative job there, and I’m certain he does every time he shows up. While excellence helps, showing up makes the difference.


    1. I’m not familiar with the legislative process in the US at either state or federal level, but public submissions to select committees is the norm here in Aotearoa. Every bill goes to a select committee for consideration – typically a 6 or 9 month process. Select committees are collegial – not adversarial or inquisitorial. Submissions can be in writing and/or presented in person, but unlike the example in the video clip, there are no time limits. Some bills before a select committee have received up to 100,000 submissions, frequently in the tens of thousands, but more mundane bills might receive between 1,000 and 10,000. In any given year, around one in 4 voters petition parliament or make a submission to a select committee. For a population of 5 million, that’s quite a high participation rate. One other point is that anyone, whether a citizen, resident or not, of any age (including children) and irrespective of where they live in the world can present a submission – that includes people such as yourself or Scottie can make a submission if you choose to do so.

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      1. It used to be much more as you describe. I still clearly recall that issues like applying to be on the agenda, rules for public attendance, and time limits for discussion of comments (now comments only that many times are ignored other than “thanks”) came about after GW was in office, especially post plane crashes in 2001, when Republicans decided that maybe they didn’t have to put up with us trying to tell them what to do if they don’t want to. The changes have happened at all levels of government now, and are especially egregious in “red” states. sigh

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