Apr 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.


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  1. 1
    Robin M. Weare

    We can but hope . . .

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3
    Cycle Ninja

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

  4. 4
    Dana Hunter

    You come through again! Beautifully put!

  5. 5

    Oh golly!I’ve already done a YT on this here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtPhqUj5VvYBut, I’d love to do one with this pithy little number. Do you mind?

  6. 6

    BMCWC–Feel free; go right ahead. Can’t wait to see it!

  7. 7
    Dennis Sisterson

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

  8. 8

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

  9. 9

    Video done. Hope you like it :-)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5-Xk_0163k

  10. 10

    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!

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