Maybe he learned something from Christopher Hitchens ... who cleaned Sharpton's clock the one time I saw them debate!
Yeah, I noticed it too. I started omitting those two words many years ago.
With a kind of glee I point out that during both World Wars (those in the 1900s) the belt buckles of German soldiers had the words "GOTT MITT UNS" (god is with us) on them.
Hidden away in the book Masters and Commanders by Andrew Roberts (about Roosevelt and Churchill) is the statistic that during WW2, German soldiers were 50% more efficient at killing than Allied soldiers. Roberts said this was true whether the Germans were advancing, retreating, or fighting in place.
Most people "switch"; in our personal relationships we let circumstances determine whether we "top" (play the dominant role) or "bottom" (play the submissive role). The people who gave America the words "under god" gave us as well their preferred submissive role.
Friedrich Nietzsche said xian morality is that of slaves--turn the other check, the meek inherit the earth, etc, etc, etc.
You might find it interesting that this spokesman for the Ubermann gave the words "god is dead" to an Untermann (an insane man). In doing so he gave himself plausible deniability; when scolded by xians he could reply "An insane man said it!"
The German buckles actually translated to "God with us" (which I believe was in the Prussian coat of arms as well?), while "God is with us" would be "Gott ist mit uns". I too, however, experience the same type of schadenfreude when I see a theist sweat over that information, immediately after they've just informed me that "Hitler was an atheist". Riiiiiight.
"Most people "switch"; in our personal relationships we let circumstances determine whether we "top" (play the dominant role) or "bottom" (play the submissive role). The people who gave America the words "under god" gave us as well their preferred submissive role."
Hook, line, and sinker. I'm with you all the way on this.
Is that übermensch story true, Tom?
"Is that übermensch story true, ...?
I read the story in which Nietzsche wrote "god is dead" but the writing group I was in were reading so much Nietzsche that I don't remember the title.
It's my guess that the phrase is in Wikipedia.
I just checked. Wikipedia says more than that Nietzsche used the phrase in four of his works. In Also sprach Zarathustra, an insane man gave the words eternal life.
Very cool! Thanks for the follow up!
"...when I see a theist sweat over that information, immediately after they've just informed me that "Hitler was an atheist". Riiiiiight."
Good point, Mathew; I will use the belt buckle slogan to reply to the "H. was an atheist" line. I do enjoy turning theists' remarks around and watching them sweat.
Sharpton has had several outings in the last couple of years that have made me ponder what I perceive are his changing mindsets on a few topics: namely the pledge, a couple of the amendments, and his views on American freedom in general.
Anyone notice the same things, or am I giving this man more credit than is due?