Monday, August 23, 2010

Sharron Angle and Religiously-Based Policy

Here's an interesting story written by a Nevada journalist about a moment some 20 years ago when Sharron Angle used religion as a rationale for preventing a high school football team from donning black jerseys. Angle claims she doesn't remember that moment; but the reporter telling the story was apparently a parent of one of the football players at the time and has very clear memories of this event. Just goes to show that Angle really is not above using religion as a policy bludgeon. From my perspective, all the signs are clearly present in everything that Angle does which would indicate a willingness to use her strong religious convictions as THE foundation for her public policy positions, and using religion as a means to restrict the free expressions of others, even in such a harmless thing as the color of a football jersey.


Eric said...

She could pass a law preventing any football player in America from wearing black jerseys and I'd still prefer her to Harry Reid.

Antiques Furniture said...

I don't get the point why need to restrict the black jersey?...So confused!

eric said...

I don't get it either, and I live in one of the Christianiest places in America, where I've never heard any religious or scriptural objections to the color black... which makes me wonder if there is more to the 20-year-old story than this journalist reveals, but here are some pertinent facts:

-He gives few details other than Angle was a member of an unnamed "group" who opposed the local football team wearing black jerseys (the schools colors were red and white) based on some kind of belief that "black as a color was thoroughly evil, invoking the supernatural and especially the devil". But he can't remember specifically what they said about it, or what scriptures they cited (probably because there are no scriptures that warn against wearing the color black). It could be that they objected to wearing black as a symbol of taking vengeance on an opposing footbal team, which sounds more like an argument you'd hear from a Christian group at a schoolboard meeting, but who knows exactly what their objection was? The author of this article doesn't seem to know.

And even if he did know, I'd argue that unless he can give some kind of proof that Angle was acting as an elected representative of the people and not just a citizen voicing a concern over a local matter, it really has no bearing on how she would govern.