Thursday, December 04, 2008

Another Embarrassing Moment for Kentuckians...

So Kentucky has its own Office of Homeland Security, which in and of itself is maybe kind of silly, but now the group American Atheists is suing my home state for the asinine wording of the law that created the Office of Homeland Security. You see, the law (KRS 39G.010) names the primary function of the executive directive of the KOHS as:
...stressing the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth...and prominently displaying a permanent plaque at the entrance to the state's Emergency Operations Center stating the text of KRS 39A.285(3)
In case you're wondering, KRS 39A.285(3) includes the following Bible verse:
Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Isn't that just freakin' awesome? The main duty of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is to use sorcery to protect us. Luckily we have the Constitution to protect us from that. Apparently the religion language was put into the law by state rep Tom Riner, a Democrat and Southern Baptist Minister from my hometown of Louisville. Honestly you don't see too many religious controversies around here that don't have the Southern Baptists attached to them, so this was rather predictable. At this point the governor has made no official comment on the issue, but the Baptists are a strong political force around here and I expect most of our public officials to grit their teeth and grab their ankles in order to serve that particular group's interests.

The KOHS may as well call on Mothra to protect us.

This story made it onto The Rachel Maddow Show last night, so it's only a matter of time until Fox News pics it up and it becomes the next gigantic embarrassment to my state. Rather annoyingly though, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit have (according to the Lexington Herald-Leader) not only asked for the religious language to be stripped from the law, but also for monetary damages to be awarded to them due to their "having suffered anxiety" over the law. I'm not sure if I buy into that last little bit, but I wholeheartedly support the effort to strip the law of its superstitious god-politics.

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