An atheists-rights group is suing the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security because state law requires the agency to stress “dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth.”
American Atheists of Parsippany, N.J., and 10 non-religious Kentuckians are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, set to be filed Tuesday in Franklin Circuit Court.
Edwin Kagin, a Boone County lawyer and the national legal director of American Atheists, said he was appalled to read in the Herald-Leader last week that state law establishes praising God — and installing a plaque in God’s honor — as the first duty of the Homeland Security Office. (emphasis mine)
Think about that. Their FIRST duty, as in “ahead of attempting to provide security in any sense of the term”. Naturally they couldn’t serve their stated purpose anyway, since security is in the eye of the beholder — and by definition the only recourse of an organ of the State is to sacrifice liberty in fruitless pursuit of it. Still, it says something about how the particular strain of alleged representative that exists in Kentucky thinks that theocrat wankery ends up so blatant there. Might as well just say your prayers and kiss your ass goodbye anyway.
The requirement to credit God for Kentucky’s protection was tucked into 2006 homeland security legislation by state Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a Southern Baptist minister. “This is recognition that government alone cannot guarantee the perfect safety of the people of Kentucky,” Riner said last week.
To treat a supreme being as a security blanket for anybody, let alone for the state of Kentucky in particular, is to contradict the interpretation of it that Christianity preaches. If there is a God, and that God is the same one described in the Bible, then all things that happen are God’s will, and questioning them or begging for particular outcomes is pointless in the end, as God will do whatever God wants — He is God, after all. If that means that some yahoo truck-bombs a building at the University of Kentucky, suicide bombs a crowded mall, or starts sniping at people leaving a mega-church, so be it, according to (their) God it was their time to go.
This isn’t to say the group complaining is immune to idiocy though:
The plaintiffs ask for the homeland security law to be stripped of its references to God. They also ask for monetary damages, claiming to have suffered sleeping disorders and “mental pain and anguish.”
“Plaintiffs also suffer anxiety from the belief that the existence of these unconstitutional laws suggest that their very safety as residents of Kentucky may be in the hands of fanatics, traitors or fools,” according to the suit.
LOL…if this is enough to make you have trouble sleeping, you need your head examined. Having decisions that affect your wellbeing decided by morons is nothing new, it’s called “politics”.