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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Weird, Stupid & Dumb Laws


Wikipedia and define the Supreme Being as follows:

I fully subscribe to the idea that everyone is entitled to their opinion regardless of whether I happen to agree with that opinion or not. Based on that premise I am forced to accept that you would have every right to consider me a dumb-xxx. Equally I have every right to believe that while I am no Einstein I am, for the most part, a reasonably intelligent human being.

When I consider God I think of a Supreme Being. If you were to ask me to define a Supreme Being my answer would be a simple, single word; God. The definitions above would seem to suggest that my interpretation is a valid one.

The Texas Constitution has the following to say regarding public office and religious sentiments:

The Texas Constitution Source
Article 1 - BILL OF RIGHTS
No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.

If the definition of a Supreme Being stands then my acknowledging or denying  the existence of a Supreme Being is, in and of itself, an expression of my personal religious sentiments because, by definition, I am choosing to acknowledge or deny the existence of God. The words Supreme Being and God are interchangeable. So what the Texas Constitution is really saying is that if I choose to deny the existence of God I can be barred from office even though I CANNOT be barred from office because of my religious beliefs. And you thought I was a dumb-xxx!

Check out another couple of dumb and stupid laws after the jump.

Juneau, Alaska

We are all familiar with laws that prohibit taking animals into restaurants and other forms of food establishments. None of us consider such laws to be strange; they are actually quite reasonable. In Juneau, Alaska they have such a law. The interesting thing about Juneau is that they figured they needed to add something to it. For some strange reason known only to legislators who penned this quirky ordinance they saw fit to add “barber shops” and “establishments for the practice of hairdressing or beauty culture”. Once again I am questioning whether I am in fact a dumb-xxx because for the life of me I cannot figure out why they would want to add that. Food I get, cutting hair; not so much. Source

Little Rock, Arkansas

I can see that vehicles sounding their horn at night [or for that matter at any time] can be a tad irritating. In Little Rock, Arkansas it seems that that is particularly true for places that sell cold drinks or sandwiches after 9:00 pm. Where on earth did they come up with that combo? Worried about someone choking on their Rueben at the shock – but only after 9:00 pm? Maybe they figure the frequency of car horn sound waves in the night air agitates the bubbles in a soda and causes it to go flat too soon or cause people to sneeze due to bubble irritation of the nose. Who knows – I sure as heck don’t? Source


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