A South Dakota city official sends me this solicitation from the Family Heritage Alliance. My friend in local government says our theocratic neighbors sent this fundraising letter to the official city office, not the official's home address.
Theocracy, how do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways...
- The FHA quotes Rep. Brian Gosch: "Dale Bartscher and the FHA help me, in the legislature, send a clear message that if you are looking for a liberal California lifestyle, you are NOT going to find it in South Dakota." Brian, I think anyone looking for a California lifestyle in South Dakota stopped at "polar vortex." But Gosch's quote exposes another facet of the FHA's un-Christian exclusivity.
- The FHA gives a vague reference to Senator Thune and Rep. Noem's approval, but no examples of what FHA has done to make Congress work better (but dang, I keep forgetting: the conservative theocrats don't want Congress to work!).
- The FHA stands with Mayor Kooiker to defend Rapid City's unconstitutional city council prayers, another practice through which FHA and theocrats say to some South Dakotans, "You're not welcome here."
- The FHA claims to be "protecting and promoting the values you cherish." Not if the city official receiving that letter values the Constitution and inclusivity.
- They offer to send this city official propaganda that lies about evolution, claiming that evolution is (a) wrong and (b) against God. This gift seems about as appropriate as sending a teacher a concrete mixer: in what execution of her or his official duties would a city official need to be versed in the theory of evolution and its religious implications?
- The FHA thanks the city official for "all you are doing in defense of faith, family, and freedom." Does the FHA mean that in anything other than an unconstitutional way? Are they really cheering any city official's efforts to avoid establishing any religion but supporting the rights of every citizen to profess Islam, Judaism, or Wicca? Are they really cheering city officials who would also defend the rights of those who profess no faith?
That the Family Heritage Alliance sent this letter to a city official at city hall indicates this letter is a political communication. The language of this Family Heritage letter suggests they are saying to an elected official, "We're Christian, we're powerful, and if you want to get things done in your city, you should heel to our Christian warriors! Promote Christian prayer in your office! Defend the One True Faith from those Californian infidels!"
Grrr—I hate theocracy.