Long Time, No Blog…but Better NowPosted: July 7, 2010
Yes, late again to the party. But, you know. :::shrug::: I’ll warn you, this blog has some political overtones, and religion is mentioned. Oh, get over it.
I was listening to NPR on the way home yesterday and heard Sen. Lindsey Graham (R. – SC) ask Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagen where she was on Christmas Day. Kagen’s response was brilliant, “You know, like all good Jews, I was likely out at a Chinese restaurant.”
Her response got me thinking. I am frequently the recipient of those . . . annoying . . . “Obama’s not a US citizen” or “Obama’s a Muslim” emails. You know the ones I mean, I’m sure. I’m certain that the five of you who regularly read this blog have, at one time or another, had one of these sterling examples of our First Amendment land, uninvited, into your email inbox.
Ignorance plainly and simply annoys me. Before I begin my mini diatribe, let me make a few things chrystal clear. Barack Obama is a US citizen, all other notions are just plain idiotic. As to whether he is a Muslim (though I think the correct term is “Islamic”), really . . . who the heck cares? I do not believe he is, based upon what he’s said and his biography, but again . . . who cares?
I do not remember any article, amendment, or clause in the US Constitution that bans non-Christians from the Presidency.
Now, interestingly enough, the above chart does not count Obama in its numbers. I guess 18 months is too soon to be sure, eh? But, I digress. Hey, just for grins, let’s look at the US Supreme Court:
All charts above from: http://www.adherents.com/adh_sc.html.
Huh. One “undeclared.” Now that’s suspicious.
Okay, back to the President. This data comes from: http://www.presidentsusa.net/qualifications.html (or your high school civics class, but who am I to comment).
Age and Citizenship requirements – US Constitution, Article II, Section 1
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States. (Constitution of the United States)
Let’s check this off, shall we:
- Natural born citizen – Check
- Older than 35 – Check
- Been a resident of the US for a minimum of 14 years – Check.
Checking again . . . nope. Nothing about religion. And most certainly nothing in it about Christianity being the primary religion of the United States. In fact, if I remember correctly, this whole country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion. Not sure? Let’s check (if you want to follow along while we sing, look it up). We’re looking at the Declaration of Independence here, so . . . sing if you know the words. Huh, wait. The only mention of “God” in the Declaration is here:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
So…not a manifesto. Huh.
In fact, if you’re really confused, read this: http://atheism.about.com/od/churchstatemyths/a/doi.htm
Here’s a shocker, the Declaration of Independence is not a manifesto for Christianity or Christian-based government? Yes, I know we swear on a bible when we go into court, and I, personally, have an issue with that. What if you don’t use the bible as your personal moral code-enforcer? Does that make your oath invalid? Can you instead as for a Torah? A sacred relic? A…I don’t know, what are the Islamic equivalents?
As I wrapped up this blog I saved it and ran to the store for a few things. There on the cover of the Star, that stellar example of journalistic evidence, was the glaring headline that the duly elected by the people (the electorate AND the majority popular vote) President of the United States is, in fact, not a US Citizen. Well golly. Wish I’d read that before doing this blog, would have saved me some time. After all, if it’s in the Star, it must be true, yes?