Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Michael Medved wrote a column on why America will never (and should never) elect an atheist president.

It always gives me great pleasure when fundamentalist loons ask rhetorical questions like the following:

"For instance, try to imagine an atheist president issuing the annual Thanksgiving proclamation. To whom would he extend thanks in the name of his grateful nation –-the Indians in Massachusetts?"

Well, actually ... yes.

That's one of my pet peeves to be honest. Three doctors and seven nurses spend 52 hours saving a girl's life after a car accident. In addition, the total amount of post-secondary education for those 10 people is somewhere between 50 and 100 years. And after the operation is over, the media is heard to gush, "Thank God!"

No. Thank public education, scientific advancement, technology and some damn fine determined work by a small group of individuals supported by a massive, efficient healthcare system.

Who should you thank at Thanksgiving? Probably the people who gave your ancestors enough food not to starve through the winter.

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