Monday, April 07, 2008

"I Thought I Saw An Atheist" Revisited

Ok, this one is seriously depressing. PZ reports on the deplorable actions of Illinois State Rep Monique Davis (D-Chicago), shouting down (easily, since he was not talking) an atheist activist (Rob Sherman), whose offense was that he was testifying against the expenditure of a million dollars of the people's money to preserve a particular Baptist Church. There is an audiofile of the exchange.

...I thought I saw an atheist, upon the witness stand
It couldn't be! Not where I live! This is a Christian Land!
The Constitution guarantees my right to scream and shout;
As the Good Lord is my witness, I demanded "You! Get out!"

I thought I saw an atheist demand an equal voice;
I told him he could leave right now, and that could be his choice.
I said his view was dangerous--our children must not hear!
It goes against the Bible, which our government holds dear!

I thought I saw an atheist nod quietly, and sigh.
The odds were stacked against him, which no person can deny;
What happens when a person is denied his civil right?
I may have seen an atheist who's now convinced to fight.


Anonymous said...

We can but hope . . .

Monado said...

Good verse! I hope that atheists do stand up and demand an end to discrimination. It's another nail in the coffin of the "Expelled" theses, too, because atheists are the ones getting expelled.

I linked to your verse.

Cycle Ninja said...

It's always lovely to see thuggery countered with wit and style, rather than just more screaming. My compliments.

Dana Hunter said...

You come through again! Beautifully put!

bmcworldcitizen said...

Oh golly!

I've already done a YT on this here :

But, I'd love to do one with this pithy little number. Do you mind?

Cuttlefish said...


Feel free; go right ahead. Can't wait to see it!

Dennis Sisterson said...

Shades of Lewis Carroll, and in the same class too. Wonderful.

Weemaryanne said...

I've loved your stuff for months, DC, and it's high time I told you so. Thanks!

bmcworldcitizen said...

Video done. Hope you like it :-)

Anonymous said...

Is it not amazing how people misuse their religious beliefs to belittle those who do not share the same views? To hear this 'harpy' getting more shrill & strident by the syllable might be laughable were it not for the fact that this sounded like a 'fundamentalist harangue' or 'fatwah' - take your pick!