Ever fill out as on-line application or sign-up and when you fill in all the numbers and street addresses, the bottommost button says: SUBMIT?
Hey, wait a minute, says I with a smirk. SUBMIT—that’s what Mohammedans and other religious people do. They SUBMIT; they get down on all fours and kiss the ground with their foreheads and elevate their rumps in the air like some sort of smoke detector.
Islam means submission. SUBMIT has a religious connotation. Atheists and agnostics should not have to hit the SUBMIT button every time they want to join a website or check a bank account. SUBMIT means to yield to some power or higher authority. We don’t SUBMIT; we RESIST.
To be fair and comply with the First Amendment, allowing freedom of religion and free speech, webmasters should change the last button to REMIT, which means “to send,” as one would send the payment of a bill.
There are many cultural mores that honor and obey religion: habits and customs we don’t even think about. How about, it’s illegal to buy beer on Sunday until 12 o’clock noon. What the heck is that about? The laws are forcing me to abide by the majority of people’s religious beliefs. They believe God rested on the seventh day and since He is the Sun God, everybody has to honor SUNday—in some cultures under pain of severe punishment or social ostracism.
Have you even been in a social gathering and you sneeze? Inevitably, someone will say, “God Bless You.” Hey, wait a minute. What the heck is that about? In medieval times (including today) people believed that the opening of the mouth to sneeze left the person vulnerable to demons, if not the Beelzebub himself. Gimme a break will ya, Holy Joe. I’ll take my chances, OK? Gesundheit, to your health.