Saturday, April 30, 2005

When humor becomes prescience

When I jokingly referenced the Gettysburg Address in a post about the homecoming of Roy Moore's rock, I had no idea that the former Alabama chief justice would actually say these words Friday: "It is altogether fitting and proper that this monument is displayed here in Etowah County, where the battle over the public acknowledgment of God began."

That sentence is notable for two reasons. First, it means I deserve some sort of speechwriting fee. Second, it suggests Moore, who's campaigning for governor even if he hasn't yet made it official, would have the audience believe he was a sort of martyr, the first public official ever with the courage to stand up to the evil, nebulous them and use the word "God" in public, consequences be damned. Ego check on aisle two.

One thing Moore did get right: He said the monument is "not a violation of the First Amendment," which is correct, because churches are free to have as many religious displays on their own property as they'd like.

See there? The Constitution isn't so bad after all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought this part of the article was a little creepy:

"...A group of about 150 elementary pupils from the church's Coosa Christian School watched silently Friday morning as workers set up the monument. Once it was in place, they rushed up to read it and touch it - one of the few times the public has had a chance to actually touch it."

God prohibited idolatry, right? Didn't he actually prohibit it in the Ten Commandments, which are inscribed on the monument that the kids are fawning all over? Is this actually happening?

2:43 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

When irony becomes surreality, anonymous commenter.

9:05 PM  

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