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Thursday, January 26

kinky lost me last night

Kinky Friedman lost any hope of getting my support last night.

Friedman, former front man for The Jewboys, is running for governor. If elected he would be the first Jewish governor of Texas. He might want to discuss the separation of church and state with a rabbi. The entertaining writer and country singer, who penned my favorite country and western song, I'm Proud to be an Asshole from El Paso, is a supporter of school prayer. He revealed this on Jay Leno's Tonight Show last night. He supports prayer in the public schools, he says, because the kids ought to believe in something!

I guess he also believes that governments should impose those values on children.

No, I believe in the separation of church and state and school districts are governments and if they mandate moments of silence and such they are advocating that children should pray or adopt a religion. I thought that was the responsibility of parents, not governments. I thought that government was neither a supporter or inhibitor of religion. Religion is such a private matter that I don't want people who have no training in religion advocating religion to school children. That is the role of religious leaders, not teachers, principals, and school boards.

Sorry Kinky. Your position on school prayer, if implemented, would bring prejudice to classrooms. Do you think that Hindu kids, or Muslim kids, or Jewish kids can stand the taunts and jeers of their Christian classmates? And what of the atheist and agnostic children? You would use government to impose "values", your values, on them?

Kinky, there isn't a dime's worth of difference between you and a professional politician, pandering rather than thinking. Governor Rick Perry, a school prayer supporter and an arrogant Christian, wants to impose his values on science in the classroom. He likes school prayer, too.

Your campaign slogans are "Why the Hell Not?" and "How Hard Can it Be?" It must be very difficult to think about the American tradition of separation of church and state. Jimmy Carter remembers the lesson well and retells it in his new book, Our Endangered Values. Leadership is not about pandering and being popular, it is about keeping people focused on the Founder's vision of America. Leadership takes people higher, not to lowest common denominator.

But what should we expect from someone running for governor of Texas? We should expect better.

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