I can't get it out of my head.
I was listening to the Duluth City Council meeting on the radio a couple of weeks ago. It was the portion of the meeting where people are allowed to address the council. This was a particularly long session because a large group attended to try to sway the councilers votes about the Ten Commandments Monument. I think the theory was if every person spoke they would be representing a good cross section of duluthians, or at least 'the majority' that everyone keeps referring to. Amongst all of the typical thinly veiled prejudice and threatening comments, one fellow had a comment that I still am trying to wrap my head around. Forgive my paraphrasing because it doesn't do justice to the original statement, as this was several days ago. I wish I had recorded it.

His vew was that the ACLU has been preaching a doctrine of 'there are no absolutes.' That people should be doing whatever they want to do. Furthermore, he stated that the ACLU has close ties to the National Education Association and the entertainment industry. These ties result in our children being taught this doctrine, and conditioned to believe it throughout their lives. He realized this while watching an episode of Star Trek that supported this doctrine (I wish I knew which one). Needless to say, it was the last time he ever watched the show. Evidence of this is everywhere, he said, but most notably the Columbine shootings, where the shooters believed that they had the right to do whatever they wanted. Conversely, the Ten Commandments are a doctrine of absolutes and should be fought for because they tell everyone what is truly right and wrong.

Looking back, it probably made as much sense as the rest of the arguments presented that night, but can't we at least leave Star Trek out of it?

Addendum: I know this is a little less lighthearted than the usual discussion on this blog, but I haven't posted anything in a while and I've been in a more serious mode as of late. I would also like to mention that I find this comment to be funny and disturbing at the same time.

posted by Aaron at 11:50 AM
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