Why is it that people who call themselves religious seem to have a deep-seated need to force their beliefs upon others, even going so far as to call for mandating church attendance? Is it insecurity, indifference to others, or just plain old inanity?
The latest culprit is a woman named Sylvia Allen. Ms. Allen, God bless her, is an Arizona State Senator and Tea Party favorite (need I say more?), who once declared that the earth is only 6,000 years old. But now she’s decided it’s time to make it a law for everyone in Arizona to attend church by edict of the government.
During a committee discussion on whether or not to allow citizens to carry guns in public facilities, Ms. Allen decided to go full wacko bird when she said:
“Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth. I believe what’s happening to our country is that there’s a moral erosion of the soul of America.”
Not to mention the continual dumbing down of our elected officials nationwide. When she was asked about her statements later by the press, Allen didn’t back away from her words. No, she just dug the hole deeper and dove into it. In the 1950s, she recalled wistfully:
“People prayed, people went to church. I remember on Sundays the stores were closed. The biggest thing is religion was kicked out of our public places, out of our schools.”
Ah yes, nostalgia for the Fifties. When blacks couldn’t vote, women had virtually no rights, children were the property of their parents, and Ike kept us all safe under the comfort of a nuclear umbrella. Think about it long enough and it’s bound to bring tears of joy to your eyes. I’m quite sure it brings them to Sylvia Allen’s myopic view of the world.
How I wish people like Ms. Allen could one day understand just how ridiculous, narrow-minded, and empty-headed they sound when the long for the good old days. But as the old saying goes, that’s like asking a bear not to crap in the woods.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.