Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Those Poor Pagans
Denver Post ^ | December 13, 2004 | David Harsanyi

Posted on 12/13/2004 9:32:15 AM PST by aynrandy

Those poor pagans.

Studying the magical arts and worshiping the divinity of nature are no easy tasks. Not when helpless trees are being ripped from Mother Earth by jovial Christians celebrating their little winter solstice get-togethers.

But there is hope.

To all my Wiccan, neopagan and belligerently atheist friends, you now have a new hero fighting the theocratic forces of tyranny: Estes Park Town Trustee David Habecker.

It's true that his courageous stand - or rather, courageous sit - protesting the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance before each meeting of the town board would be a lot more heroic and credible if he refused to accept a paycheck or use cash.

We'll just guess that Habecker's aware of the "In God We Trust" on all legal tender. And we'll ignore the fact that Thomas Jefferson had the temerity to cite the Almighty Lord him/her/itself in the Declaration of Independence. We won't even mention that freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion.

But Mr. Habecker, sitting? Is that really the most persuasive protest you could come up with? It's so ... so, uninspiring.

You're not fooling anyone. I sit all day. It's really quite a breeze.

OK, so melodrama is part of the new fun-filled culture war. And yes, Habecker's skirmish against the pending theocracy can only be described as a pebble's throw in the general direction of a (fully armored) Humvee.

Still, he earns points for high drama.

Habecker, who, to my knowledge, has never declared himself a Wiccan, did state his aversion for "under God" in front of a troop of Boy Scouts giving a civics lesson.

How theatrical. How brave.

Habecker's principal point of contention is that he regards the "under God" in the Pledge as an "illegal" injection of religion into government.

Now that is patently absurd.

Who knows? Maybe we're under God, maybe we're not. I'll leave that for Jerry Falwell and Al Sharpton to discuss.

I couldn't care less if God or the Great Gazoo from the planet Zetox persuaded the president to cut tax rates and fight terror. As long as I don't have to spend my refund check on another roll of

Osama-guard masking tape, I'm content.

But the esteemed trustee from Estes Park should realize a fundamental fact of our government: Neither he, nor God, nor a columnist, decides the legality of an issue. The Supreme Court does.

And by throwing out a case in June on a technicality, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance would remain intact.

The Supremes injected a bit of their own high drama to hammer home this point. Their 8-0 ruling came on Flag Day and exactly 50 years after Congress added the phrase "under God."

So "illegal" is a real misnomer.

Now Habecker, and others, have every right to sit it out in protest.

They even have recourse.

Habecker, for instance, can contact his local congresswoman and senators to introduce a bill that would expunge God - or at least, the irritating phrase.

Though, it should be said, there may be some formidable resistance, considering the Senate previously voted 99-0 to oppose the change to the Pledge.

Inconveniently for Habecker, the Party of God is in power in Washington and the citizens of Estes Park also have an avenue of recourse.

They can Gray Davis him.

"When you are being paid to do a job - in this case by the citizens of Estes Park - you should honor that and not your personal issues," said fellow Trustee Lori Jeffrey-Clark, whose husband, Richard, has led a recall effort.

They already have the 246 signatures needed to force a recall, and the Town Board will soon set an election date.

How do you say "see ya" in Wiccan?

David Harsanyi's column appears Monday and Thursday. He can be reached at 303-820-1255 or dharsanyi@denverpost.com .


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; colorado; estespark; god; habecker; pagans; partofgod; pledge; pledgeofallegiance; undergod

1 posted on 12/13/2004 9:32:15 AM PST by aynrandy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: aynrandy
LOL!

I love these unimpressive protests.

Like when a high school teacher of mine went on a 24 hour hunger strike against apartheid.

2 posted on 12/13/2004 9:38:44 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wideawake

And now there is no apartheid, eh? I guess his hunger strike did the trick! LOL!


3 posted on 12/13/2004 9:47:03 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: wideawake
I recently heard of someone going on a hunger strike to protest the Iraqi War. He ended up limiting his protest to Friday afternoons between noon and 3.
4 posted on 12/13/2004 9:48:03 AM PST by KJacob (I will not worry about 2008 until late 2007.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: wideawake
My favorite are the "Free Tibet" bumper stickers. No one from China will ever possibly read them save maybe a tourist or two.

But hey, that's what the left is all about. Empty gestures and really loud posturing.

Apf
5 posted on 12/13/2004 9:51:09 AM PST by APFel (Humanity has a poor track record of predicting its own future.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: aynrandy; martin_fierro

Damn, I thought it was about motorcycle gangs! Here its about something entirely different.


6 posted on 12/13/2004 9:51:47 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Never play leapfrog with a unicorn!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wideawake
To all my Wiccan, neopagan and belligerently atheist friends, you now have a new hero fighting the theocratic forces of tyranny:

I beleive that this is the core that are driving feminist, gay rights, the green party, Peta, and the rest of the liberal left agenda. Certainly Jewish philosphy, Roman Catholic Theology and Liberation theology of the world council of Churches are not the driving force behind these movements and their stated goals.

7 posted on 12/13/2004 9:52:54 AM PST by Rocketman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: aynrandy
I couldn't care less if God or the Great Gazoo from the planet Zetox persuaded the president to cut tax rates and fight terror. As long as I don't have to spend my refund check on another roll of Osama-guard masking tape, I'm content.

LOL, too funny - this guy just summed up my entire political philosophy in one concise sentence.

LQ

8 posted on 12/13/2004 9:57:44 AM PST by LizardQueen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: aynrandy
I think I've seen this guy up at Estes, if he's the Hippie Shop owner. This guy is the Anti-Bush. He needs to shave and put deodorant on, too. He's probably from Nederland, Colorado, where tie die, and white guys with dreads run rampant like prairie dogs in Wyoming.
9 posted on 12/13/2004 9:59:45 AM PST by MahaMarty (Election Night! Enter Right! Take my hand!!! Off to Ronald Reagan Land!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LizardQueen

Yep. sums it up for me too. This columnist is the only conservative at the Post. He's pretty funny


10 posted on 12/13/2004 10:08:21 AM PST by aynrandy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Lindykim; DirtyHarryY2K; Siamese Princess; Ed Current; Grampa Dave; Luircin; gonow; John O; ...

Moral Agenda Ping. A little light humor for your lunch break.

A tempest in a teapot, kind of. But significant, nonetheless. Little annoying deerflies still need to be swatted down.

Let me know if anyone wants on/off this pinglist.


11 posted on 12/13/2004 10:13:14 AM PST by little jeremiah (What would happen if everyone decided their own "right and wrong"?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ClearCase_guy
And now there is no apartheid, eh? I guess his hunger strike did the trick! LOL!

Not entirely true. No apartheid in South Africa but the white folk are leaving and taking the money and technical expertise with them. SA is just a few years behind Rhodesia where reverse apartheid reigns supreme.

12 posted on 12/13/2004 1:12:10 PM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Comment #13 Removed by Moderator

To: aynrandy

For your information, most Wiccans believe in God and are not afraid to worship her in public. This man's protest has nothing to do with paganism since they believe in God, in one form or another, but comes from some secularist perspective. Some people have a odd aversion to all religion, while having a oddly fanatical belief in the separation of church and state.


14 posted on 12/13/2004 9:28:58 PM PST by dog breath
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: aynrandy

The latest on this story is that Habecker has won an injunction on the recall election from a Federal Judge in Denver. He has been quoted in a local letter to the editor as saying, in some meeting in Ft. Collins, that he wants the Pledge removed from all public schools. This has really POed the people of Estes Park, my hometown for 20 years.


15 posted on 02/20/2005 10:00:05 AM PST by TigersEye (Intellectuals only exist if you think they do.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson