The first of a few short stories related to the children’s fairy tale I am working on.
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Alright, I have to get on a bit of a soapbox here because I recently had a conversation with someone very important to me that I never really thought I would have to have. I kind of assumed that the topic we were talking about was a basic, fundamental concept of relationship knowledge, and that everyone had access to the same information that I had.

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Yeah, I didn’t say “Merry Christmas”. No, it isn’t because of some deep seated hatred for Christianity (I really do not have a problem with Christians or Jesus, at all), it isn’t an attempt to be politically correct, and it isn’t even some attempt to cause hurt feelings or insult people.
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No, this is not a rant on the insertion of a dubiously religious phrase in a pledge to a country that was founded on the separation of church and state. That has been discussed ad naseum since its inclusion in 1948. I want to talk about another aspect of this pledge that while unoriginal, is perhaps too often over looked: the propaganda component and its use as a form of indoctrination.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Here is some history of the Pledge that was formally adopted by Congress in 1942: The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Christian socialist, first published publicly as a marketing tool for capitalism (to sell flags to school children), and the language chosen was intentionally used (omitted, actually) to prevent the possible implication that women and African-Americans were equal to white men (because state superintendents of education would be against it if it did imply that).

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A recent Huffington Post article was brought to my attention this morning; the article covers a new product being offered to Americans that want to “protect” themselves from the Islamic threat facing our poor citizens, this new product offers to send Islamic terrorists to Hell by coating ammunition with paint infused with pork. It is called Jihawg ammo and sadly it is very, very real. With over 4,000 likes already on Facebook, this product shows the immense ignorance of the “gun rights” culture in America and the arrogance of religious radicalism our country embodies.

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Mother…fucking…”Brother” Dean Saxton (or you can find him on Facebook as Dean Elijah Samuel IV). I originally wanted to go down to Tucson (because I really don’t live that far away) to pay him a visit this weekend and let him know that he deserves to get raped (by me, at that moment). I mean, I am pretty sure I found his address or at least that of a family member. I decided against it though, never mind the moral and legal consequences of anally raping some ignorant Christian, my larger concern is the fact that he would actually use that action as some perverted validation of his misguided mission.

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I keep reading and hearing that the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are NOT open to interpretation (living) and are to be taken literally. The argument is that the Founding Fathers used to words and phrases that they used to create a set of rules that would be applicable in the future. Of course this generally only comes up in regards to the 2nd Amendment and the preservation of the “right” to own whatever “arms” people want to own.

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“He used a knife, we need to ban knives”

“Modern medication is to blame, that is the common link”

“If someone had a gun, he wouldn’t have stabbed all of those people”

These are the comments being made regarding Dylan Quick and his attack on 14 students at Lone Star College. The hyperbolic comparisons to the national gun debate, the unproven link to medications and more sensationalism meant to detract from the gravity of the situation in order to further the cause of the people that support the pro-gun movement.

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