… and the people they damn.
Every religion has a god or gods. The adherents of every religion have standards they believe apply to those within the religion and to those without, regardless of whether or not those on the outside accept such standards. For example, Thou Shalt Not Lie is a universal standard for Christians and politicians alike (heh… I juxtaposed Christians and politicians, funny). It matters not if the latter group believes otherwise.
Every god seeks its own glory. This applies to false gods as well as the One True God. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father. The question is not, does your god seek its own majesty, but whether or not your god is deserving of such majesty.
Both, standards and glory seeking, apply when your god is the state as well. The standards are often couched in terms of the code. They are not static laws by any means and they reflect the mood of the god who issues them. When it comes to ‘the state’ there has never been a moodier deity, seeking its own glory by expressing itself in power and control.
The state issues decrees to make life better for all its disciples AND those who follow other gods. Those who bow the knee in the state house of worship are desirous to see the rule and glory of their ‘god’ spread. This is what religious folk do.
2008 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Human Services; Judiciary B
By: Representative Mayhall, Read, Shows
AN ACT TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FROM SERVING FOOD TO ANY PERSON WHO IS OBESE, BASED ON CRITERIA PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE WRITTEN MATERIALS THAT DESCRIBE AND EXPLAIN THE CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS OBESE AND TO PROVIDE THOSE MATERIALS TO THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO MONITOR THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
Representatives Mayhall, Read and Shows adore their god. They seek its glory and believe that all those touched by the state will be blessed. It is what religious people do.
One more thing to notice… Since the god of state is made up of the people in the state and god cannot err… The sin belongs to the establishment, feeding the people; not the people, eating the food.
If I am elected president the god ‘state’ will be cut down at the knees (after the establishment of the department of Little Sandwiches).
*this bill was killed in the Mississippi Senate, but the god still lives.