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The God Loophole
All laws and policies have loopholes. One need not look any further than the United States tax code to find almost as many loopholes as there are pages. Of course, we all look for loopholes because the laws and policies surrounding them are ones that we generally don't like. If we can find a creative, but absolutely legal way of getting around unfavorable laws and policies, really, is there anything wrong with that? The practice may be a bit deceptive, that's true. It may be a bit disingenuous, that's true as well. Fair enough.
But it's not bad. It's not breaking the law. It's not breaking the rules.
And let's face it, there are a lot of laws, and some policies that we have that are just plain silly. Take, for example, some school's policies which have made the use of the word "God" in schools against the rules. I mean, don't get me wrong here. I'm not a religious guy, so I won't be preaching to the choir here. I think I made that perfectly clear in my recent article, "Religion Is Not Necessary," wherein I explored the idea posed by Albert Einstein, whereas he said, "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary." In it I also shared my own personal thoughts about the question of God's existence, or the realities of religion and non-religion as a whole.
Clearly, I'm no Bible toter, and you also won't be hearing me advocating for prayer in school. That is an entirely different matter than what I'm discussing here.
That said, I have to ask the question why would anyone have a problem with just invoking the name of the Lord in a speech? Even in a school setting? It's not prayer. It's not preaching. Why would it be wrong for one to reference any source of a person's plight or encouragement in life? If God is your source, then why would it be wrong to be able to share that? Why should it be so hard for a non-believer to have such difficulty even hearing the word God uttered? To me, it's silly. It just doesn't make any sense at all.
What if your source is Buddha? What if it's Allah? Okay, I don't agree with those things. Certainly I'm not a believer in Buddhism or Islam. But who cares if someone utters them in a speech? What if it's your mother or your father who is your source of encouragement? That could be offensive or hurtful too. Someone may try to stop that. I might not have a mother or a father. What if I'm an orphan? What if it's Ronald Reagan I invoke as a source for my plight or my encouragement? Should I not utter the name of the 40th President of the United States because a few democrats may be sitting in the audience and find it offensive?
Politics and religion, when you get down to passions, are very much similar in nature. Discussions in either can really wind up in some pretty knock-down, drag-out verbal sparring. We believe what we believe, and that's fine. But we should not impose our beliefs, and impose limits on the speech of others.
Religion aside, what I amis a conservative. I'm an American, and I'm proud of that. In every way I pride myself and associate myself with the values and traditions that are the foundations of this great land. God is a part of that in every way. Judeo-Christian philosophy touches every single document we have that defines America, her people, and is the basis for the country.
So, God belongs on my money. Certainly, without any doubt whatsoever, the word God belongs in my pledge of allegiance to my country. And it belongs in the hearts and minds, and the speech of any American who wishes to invoke it.
It's very utterance will not strike me dead. It will not reshape my views. It will not shatter the very fibers of my being. I will not all of a sudden burst out of the halls of the auditorium with a Bible in hand shouting "He has risen!"
A law like this, or a policy like this, wherever it may be encouraged or enforced, is wrong. But like I said at the beginning of this rant, there are loopholes. There are creative, fanciful ways around silly laws and policies. Recently I happened to have come across a rather interesting one. I'm calling it, "The God Loophole."
I don't normally do this, that is pass on another hubber's hub in a hub of my own. But in this particular case I was left with no choice. It's short and sweet, this God loophole. But I was so enlightened by it I just had to share it, in case anyone here reading this has not had a chance to read it yet. It'll bring a smile to your face. It certainly brought one to mine. Religious or not.
It's called, "The Sneeze." I'll just call this a favorable hub review and give it two definite thumbs up.
READ "THE SNEEZE" HUB BY MAKE MONEY THAT INSPIRED SPRINGBOARD TO WRITE THIS HUB
- The Sneeze
They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt....
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