Thursday, July 12, 2007

Separation of church and state?

Bumper stickers seen on an SUV on a highway adjacent to our leafy (i.e., white, prosperous, liberal) suburb: "Your marriage doesn't need a DIVORCE, it needs JESUS" [caps not mine] and "The Supreme Court opens with a prayer – why can't schools?" It was a bit unreal, seeing 1) those political sentiments prominently in our notoriously liberal area, 2) seeing them just as I passed the gigantic Mormon temple in Belmont and of course thought of Mitt Romney, and 3) noticing that the driver of the SUV was an African-American woman, a species also rarely sighted in these parts, unfortunately.

Reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw when I lived in Somerville, traditionally a blue-collar suburb of Boston so you might expect more conservative sentiments, but still... "I'll forgive Jane Fonda when the Jews forgive Hitler." This was in the mid-1990s, a good 20 years after the Vietnam War ended, but some people find it difficult to move on, I guess. Around that same time, I saw one that still causes a knot of frustration to form: "God said it. I believe it. That settles it." Fortunately there are plenty of more palatable bumper stickers available. I sort of like "My child is an honor student. My president is a moron."


pj said...
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pj said...

have you seen "Frodo failed, Bush has the ring"?


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