State-Church Separation (parody of The Who's "My Generation")


Here's my latest project, which I've just posted on YouTube. It's called "State-Church Separation", and is a political parody of The Who's song "My Generation." I wrote the song last month and just finally was able to finish recording and make a quick YouTube video. It's a very nice coincidence that The Who will be doing the halftime show at the Super Bowl! When I found this out, it gave me even more motivation to finish this up and post it this weekend. (I'm an amateur singer and this is my first YouTube video, so please bear that in mind when viewing it or commenting!)

More and more, I've been reading about cases of government officials ignoring the constitutionally-mandated separation of church and state. I've reported on the Memphis City Council having official Chaplains of the Day who pronounce prayers, often in Jesus' name, and get cuff links emblazoned with the city's logo paid for at taxpayer expense.

Cases such as these, with the government promoting or endorsing religion, or even more egregious ones (such as a Mississippi police department trying to collect funds to rebuild a church in Haiti, saying "Jesus Christ [is] the answer for this life and the next") are coming to light as more atheists, freethinkers, humanists, and other non-religious people are standing up for their rights. We are being marginalized in society, often by our own government at the local, state, and national levels.

This country was formed on religious freedom for individuals, not state-sponsored religion imposed on citizens. There are thousands of religious denominations in the United States, as well as millions of Americans who do not subscribe to any religious beliefs. The government should not be spending taxpayer money to support the religious practices of their choosing (nativity scenes, religious memorials, etc.). Our elected representantives, and other government officials, should not be holding religious prayers while doing government business for their constituents, many of whom may believe in a different god than that of the majority, or in no god at all. There is a time and place for everything. A church service is not the time or place for goverment business, and a city council meeting is not the time or place for prayer.

There is a growing movement of atheists and other freethinkers who are speaking out, and I thought a parody of "My Generation" might be able to capture this. Hopefully as more people speak out about this issue, public officials will realize that the rights of all citizens, no matter what religion if any they profess, need to be respected.

Originally posted on http://iamtheblog.com.

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Comment by IAmTheBlog on February 7, 2010 at 9:02pm
Yes, it's definitely true some religious people are also fighting for church-state separation, too. I think it's very good to have allies, but it's also important for lawmakers to know that it's not just some religious people who object, but non-believers too who want state and church to be kept separate.
Comment by Michelle on February 7, 2010 at 4:41pm
It's not just the non-religious. There are some religious folks out there fighting for church state separation too. Americans United for the separation of church and is run by religious leaders and they want complete separation too.

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