18 July 2008

Yet another "art" calendar

to which I'll say "Thank you, No"

so anyway, DrewM. over at Ace of Spades HQ, and McQ of Q and O fame alert us to the "2009 Mosques of America" calendar.

As it turns out, the calendar's publisher, Global Publishing Solutions, is a part of the U.S. Department of State. Not "associated with", not "partnered with", no, it's your tax dollars at work.

As a Constitutional purist, I fully understand the "non-establishment" clause of the First Amendment. I have often scoffed at the ACLU's anti-religion position, their looking for offence when none is apparent. But imagine if the Department of State put forth a "Southern Baptist's Churches of America" calendar. Where would the ACLU be, in that instance?

Right up in your face with a lawsuit, that's where.

This being an "Department of State" issue, I'll go see if our "go-to-guy", Consul-at-Arms, has weighed in on the subject.

Still checking, please hold.

More soon. thatisall.

2 Comments:

At 17 August, 2008 03:18, Blogger Consul-At-Arms said...

Whoa! Didn't see this post until just now, been busy as the proverbial ambulatorally-challenged ass-kicking contestant, pretty much as a consequence of State's personnel, er, human-resources embracement of a just-in-time inventory theory of officer assignment. And they haven't hired enough officers to fill all the jobs in decades.

Be that as it may, and I'm on blogging hiatus for August, but....

I remember seeing, oh, the year before last, a travelling exhibit called "Mosques in America." It was a very nicely done exhibit of professionally-done photographs of mosques found all over the United States. And it was being exhibited at various U.S. foreign missions and/or sponsored events.

I think the point of something like that is this: hey, we have freedom of religion, moslems are neither banned nor oppressed in our country, we not only have long-established (some of them) mosques in our country but we'll even brag on how nice looking some of them are.

Plus a side order of "this is what assimilation looks like, dummies" for some of our allies who aren't managing that to well with their own multi-generation immigrant populations, most of whom are, coincidentally, islamic.

 
At 18 August, 2008 02:48, Blogger Consul-At-Arms said...

I've quoted you and linked back to you here: http://consul-at-arms.blogspot.com/2008/08/re-yet-another-art-calendar.html

 

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