Friday, January 11, 2008

Life in Missouri

It's a Christian State, By God!

While I browse the blogosphere for more commentary about tonight's inhibition of former bishop Schofield, I'm taking a little time to catch up on some items I've meant to post on my blog.

Our local newspaper posted this story on January 10. The state legislators have returned to the capitol city. So hide the women and children, lock away the silver, and double-up on your antidepressants!

This is an actual newspaper story. This is not something invented by the Onion. This is the kind of brilliant legislation our legislators spent the winter concocting.

I kid you not!
Missouri senator wants to require using B.C. and A.D.
Missouri legislators have started a fight with Father Time - at least with his name tag.

Worried about a push to take the religious references out of time, a state senator has filed a bill that would mandate the use of B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini or “Year of our Lord”). Many historians and textbook publishers have switched to B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era) as a nod toward non-Christians.

And that's a problem, said Sen. John Loudon.

“There is an effort to sort of scrub our public institutions of acknowledgment of God,” said Loudon, R-Chesterfield. He said it would be costly to change dating systems - both financially and culturally.

Loudon's bill, which was also filed last year and this year has also been filed as a constitutional amendment, would make B.C. and A.D. the "official dating standard" of Missouri. It would also bar the state and public employees from using any other system in official capacities.
Yes, this is what we need. While our state continues to exercise the death penalty, and while our governor knocked thousands of kids off the state's health insurance, we need this constitutional amendment. They've already constitutionally amended the queers. Now let's take care of this burning issue of BC and AD vs. BCE and CE.

Sheesh! I often wish I lived in some enlightened place … like maybe Uganda.


Blogger Caminante said...

Increasingly, Spain and France are looking really good to me. These wingnuts make me want to pack up now and hit the road.

1/12/2008 1:05 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Amen, Caminante.

Here's a late-breaking update on Senator Loudon's zealous efforts on behalf of the great state of Missouri. This is from a friend of mine who posted a comment on the above-mentioned newspaper site:

Oh and by the way, Mr. Loudon is also introducing a bill to make the ice-cream cone the Official State Dessert. And no, I'm not making this up. . . :(

1/12/2008 1:42 PM  
Blogger Doorman-Priest said...

Spain and France? AAARRRGGGHHH!
Garlic, cigarettes, Catholicism and perspiration.

I understand the North of England is rather lovely and so civilised!

1/14/2008 1:34 PM  

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