"In my opinion, not many people in the US make a big deal out of the "under God" thing in the US pledge of allegiance."
Made me wonder about something:In your opinion, if tomorrow a decision was passed in Congress to start preparatory work for a law amending the FA and instituting Christianity as official state religion of the US, what would the eventual outcome be if it ends up being decided by the religious belonging of representatives and supreme court justices? And what are the chances it would end up being a religious vote?
In your opinion, if tomorrow a decision was passed in Congress to start preparatory work for a law amending the FA and instituting Christianity as official state religion of the US, what would the eventual outcome be if it ends up being decided by the religious belonging of representatives and supreme court justices? And what are the chances it would end up being a religious vote?
Arcus - I cannot imagine in my wildest imagination something like that happening. Then again, I could not have imagined in my wildest imagination, what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, and what happened during hurricane Katrina, in terms of the lack of preparadness and response.
Even so, I don't see that ever happening in the US (Christianity as the official US state religion). I can much easier imagine Spanish becoming the official language of the US.
The US seems to give more consideration to minorities' demands than it does to religious demands, although sometimes the line can become quite fine as to what the difference is between the two.
If a Muslim kills an x-Mulsim because he (the x-Muslim) left the faith of Islam, and this becomes known to the law authorities in the country where it happened; I would judge how much control the letter of apostacy in Islam has in that country, by how and what consequences are dealt out to the killer.
You didn't really try to imagine... :)
Let's do a little historical twist: Imagine you are back in September 2008 when the economy collapsed. Imagine 2 highly plausible events occuring within a few weeks before the elections: First another Katrina, shortly followed by "the big one" hitting California with some of the effects recently seen in Japan.
Instead of Obama, the McCain/Palin ticket gets elected.
(If too far fetched, imagine 2012 with Huckabee/Palin and another Mississippi flood and big tornadoes scenario.)
It's time for atheists in the US to mobilize when that's not a completely far-fetched scenario.
It should be noted that I'm not from Prague, merely ex-patting for the last 1.5 years. Being from a much younger nation, I find the history and deep culture of the place fascinating and vastly more extensive than my own country's. There's no shame in admitting that certain countries have more and deeper culture than other countries, and this is generally reflected in the length of history.
To be perfectly honest I was not aware of that, but I find it logical that those shows would be here too. I don't own a TV, I don't speak Czech, and even if I did I haven't really followed reality shows since the first season of Norwegian "Survivor", which is a Swedish concept. I believe Superstar is British and Big Brother Dutch. So much of the radio music here (30% by subjective standards) is in Czech that I don't really listen to radio. I'd say about half of the music is American, but mostly music . Currently there is 1 song overlapping from the top 10 charts I can see.
There are plenty of memorials to soldiers of a whole host of countries, including the USA. In fact, I live about 10 minutes from the old Radio Free Europe building, one of the greatest legacies of US influence.
I am not slamming the little American culture which has been able to root itself. However, the vast majority of Americans have no relationship to the land they grew up on. Would you define yourself as a Native American and sharing that culture, or are you of European decent and share most European cultural traits whence your ancestors came from?
It would be very interesting to hear how your ties to native community shaped your Weltanschauung through your exposure to its written and oral history, but I believe it would be going completely off topic.
'but mostly music'-->'but mostly music by the Black American minority'