Angry Little Tank

Rants, chants and cants....all written while wearing no pants!

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Wehret den Anfängen

Everyone who has driven through the god-forsaken state of Delaware can attest to two things:

1. Its ugly, beach areas aside
2. The people who live there are pretty fucking stupid. Did you ever see the bible guy who holds a bible over his head all day in the August sun by the side of the road? You know, for when people want to pull over and listen to some lunatic spout insanity as a break from road fatigue.

But even I didn't think these people were capable of enacting a modern day pogrom. Yes it seems that one local community decided to push religion into every facet of public life. When two families, one Jewish, had the temerity to complain the town rose up at once, pitchforks in hand, to intimidate the Jews into moving elsewhere.

My favorite part? The heckling of a sixth grade school boy:

The complaint recounts a raucous crowd that applauded the board's opening prayer and then, when sixth-grader Alexander Dobrich stood up to read a statement, yelled at him "take your yarmulke off!" His statement, read by Samantha, confided "I feel bad when kids in my class call me Jew boy."

Even better is this little gem directed at one of the female members of the family getting ready to graduate high school:

The Dobriches have a litany of complaints about the school board’s alleged promotion of Christianity, including the claim that members of Bible Clubs were allowed to jump the queue for lunch. One reported incident appears particularly egregious, concerning Samantha Dobrich’s 2004 graduation:

She was the only Jewish student in her graduating class. The complaint relates that local pastor, Jerry Fike, in his invocation, followed requests for "our heavenly Father's" guidance for the graduates with:

I also pray for one specific student, that You be with her and guide her in the path that You have for her. And we ask all these things in Jesus' name.

The family has subsequently had to move out of "Slower Delaware" two hours north to Wilmington.

Is it okay to call these people fascists NOW? How much more evidence do you need that all societal norms of decent behavior are being thrown out the window and sacrificed to the gods of hatred and intolerance? How much longer will the stupid people be allowed to run roughshod over everything we've fought for these past 200+ years? How many Americans DIED in WWII to destroy this way of thinking whose memory is now being dishonored by shrieking troglodytes emboldened by their recent successes at demonizing gays and brown people.

Wake the fuck up people. Its not a question of CAN it happen here, its happening. Which side are YOU on?


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