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Trigger Warning

Posted in Library of Congress, Poem, Religion by chamblee54 on May 30, 2014

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This is about a trigger. This is a device that enables the use of a weapon. It is also a content warning. “Rape Poem To End All Rape Poems” sometimes has this advisory. TRIGGER WARNING: If you are a survivor of sexual assault or have an overwhelming reaction to assault, this video may be triggering for you. This is probably a good idea. People who have had a traumatic experience do not appreciate having it shoved in the face. If only people who can’t stop talking about Jesus would notice the way people react to their message.

Jesus is a touchy subject for many people. Many people have been verbally assaulted, in the name of spreading salvation. The fact that you don’t agree with these ideas does not stop people from feeling obligated to tell you about one more time. It serves to create ill will for Jesus. It does not help when this Jesus-fix is delivered as a ceremonial part of a government meeting.

The Supreme Court recently rules that the town of Greece, NY, can open government meetings with a Christian prayer. Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “The town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment by opening its meetings with prayer that comports with our tradition.” Chamblee54 wrote about Greece, NY last year.

The issue of public prayer at secular events has been fussed over many times. The Supreme Court is going to hear Town of Greece v. Galloway soon. It deals with whether, or not, Greece NY should open town meetings with a prayer.

Once, a man saw his child get excited when there was a prayer on TV. The kid said that the prayer meant the cartoons would start soon. There was a religious program, before the cartoons. The prayer was at the end of the show, meaning the cartoons were about to start.

That is about what prayers before a public event are worth. Prayer is reduced to a meaningless gesture, when used in this manner. This does not speak well for the custom of prayer.

Jesus reportedly said this. “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

A popular blogger ran a post about Greece, NY. He thought that the ruling was great. To him, the Bill of Rights approved of such prayers. PG made a comment, based not on the Bill of Rights, but the Ten Commandments. “The Third Commandment is about the proper use of a sacred name. Using the name of a deity to open a government meeting might not be proper.”

There was a reply. “Cylar” said ” Congress itself opens most days in prayer. The fact that they have a chaplain at all pretty much sucks the wind out of your argument. (http://chaplain.house.gov/archive/index.html) I couldn’t care less that these hardcore secular types are “offended” by religious expression in a *Christian country.* They can move to Canada or Sweden if they don’t like it. Guess what – we Christians vote and pay taxes, too – and we’ve got some say in how our affairs are governed. This country was founded by us, not the heathen Left. They just *live here.*

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. The pictures above the text are the Rutgers football team, in 1891. This university is the home of the Rutgers University slam team, who performed the rape poem. It is not known if Tyler Clementi was a fan.

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  1. May 30 | Chamblee54 said, on May 30, 2018 at 8:59 am

    […] we are going to try something. We have three posts, all of which were posted on May 30. (2009, 2014, 2015) Text will be edited, out of concern for the reader’s tolerance of gratuitous ranting. […]


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