Ranting and Raving

Today’s Quote: “That is at the heart of the matter. You have to understand that the rules of your personal faith are not the rules of your country.” — Bart Jan Spruyt, director of the Edmund Burke Foundation in The Hague, Netherlands.

He’s absolutely right, the rules of your personal faith should not be the rules of the country. According to the Constitution, our government cannot and should not enact laws or change existing laws to conform to a particular religion’s beliefs or rules. I often wonder if anyone in the government or the religious hierarchies have actually read the Constitution, particularly those who have sworn an oath to uphold it. If you’re going to swear an oath to uphold a doctrine, shouldn’t you at least be knowledgeable of it, understand it, and believe in it? Oh, there I go making sense again.

The Dutch Grapple with Intolerance, Race, religion spur immigration debate

“Efforts are underway to require non-western immigrants to pass an integration exam. The test would compel an estimated 14,000 annual applicants to demonstrate competency in the Dutch language as well as an understanding of societal norms, such as acceptance of topless sunbathing and gay marriage.”

Can you imagine the US requiring such a test for immigrants? You want immigrants to demonstrate competency in the English language? An average American high school student couldn’t pass that test. Come to think of it, the average American high school student couldn’t pass the present citizenship test. Isn’t “W” the capital of Wisconsin? Ben Franklin, he’s the guy on the oatmeal box, right? New Mexico is a country that split off from old Mexico.

Guess what?! You don’t need a passport to go to Puerto Rico! It’s true! I saw it on a TV commercial!

Gee, could that be because Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States? You probably don’t need a passport to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Alaska, or Hawaii. Isn’t that great news? You mean you didn’t

Complete text of today’s primary rant can be found at My Secret Public Blog.

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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.