If you were a True Christian, how would you spend $10,000?
True Christians like to talk about how much Jesus liked kids. OK has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, maybe contribute to that in some way? Hey, maybe donate it to an organization that helps victims of child abuse, considering what the Catholic Church does to children. Hell if I were a True Protestant Id totally do that to give The Finger to the Mary-worshipers!
True Christians also like to talk about how Jesus commands them to help the homeless and downtrodden. The homeless that wander the streets of downtown OKC… they have mental problems. They have drug problems. They need help. $10K would mean a lot to a shelter or half-way house around here.
And hell, what Average Joe and Jane couldnt use some extra cash for bills these days. You could do a lot of good giving $100 bills to 100 random people.
But Im a stupid atheist who doesnt understand the complexity of theology.
See, turns out that a True Christian, Oklahoma State Rep. Mike Ritze, has an extra $10K tucked away.
Hes not spending it on anything useful to society. Hes not even spending it on $10K worth of gay-sex and meth like a normal Republican.
Hes spending it on a 3′x6′ Ten Commandments monument to put on the capital steps.
The bill he sponsored (House Bill 1330) to put it up passed through the state legislature. Overwhelmingly. Gov. Henry signed it (his attitude was that they would override his veto anyway, so why not *sigh*). This is done.
Its going to be challenged in the courts because erecting this monument is against the state and federal constitution.
Which means that $10K of Mike Ritzes money will be spent on this hunk of cement, and a shitload of state money will be spent to ‘fight’ for it in the courts, which it will lose. So not only is $10K not going to a good cause, it will actively take money away from state funded good causes.
Edited to add– BONUS: Mikey is a physician. lol @ Orac