Thursday, July 12, 2007

Radio, religion, family
Here is the latest on Howie Carr's jump from WRKO to WTKK. After getting back from vaca, Entercom officials had Howie read a letter saying he was not allowed to speak about the situation: ["Carr returns to the air, forced to read statement"]. And here's an article about the two stations starting to talk about advertising revenue: ["WRKO, WTKK dueling with advertisers over Howie"]. Adam Reilly has an overview of the situation here, with a great pun: ["Getaway Carr"] and also has a blog update about Carr on the air today: ["Carr returns to air, mocks WRKO"]. Typical Carr, hamming it up.

As a Christian and an American, this is disturbing: ["Hindu prayer shouted down in U.S. Senate"]. Who the hell are these people? What is their problem? If the government is going to not acknowledge a government-endorsed religion, which the First Amendment stipulates, then any spiritual leader should be able to perform the morning prayer.

R.I.P., Betty Schinella: ["Betty Schinella"]. I never met this woman in person but I did get to know her. Many years ago, when I first started out on the Internet with an AOL account, Betty contacted me after finding me listed as a user. She was living in Florida at the time and we talked via email and IM over a number of months and shared information about the family. It turned out, we were related - if I recall correctly, her husband is related to my father, as a second or third cousin. Betty spent a lot of time tracing back our family and I was able to pick up a lot from her. Eventually, I was able to trace our family name back to the early 1700s [Antonio Schinella de Conti, a Venetian philosopher from Padova, is a dead ringer for my grandfather]. I never would have thought about doing this had it not been for Betty suggesting that I do more with the Internet than just learn email or arguing in AOL's political chat rooms. Thank you, Betty, and the best to the rest of your family.


Denis Goddard said...

About the intolerant zealots behind that made asses of themselves at the Hindi opening prayer...

You wrote, "If the government is going to not acknowledge a government-endorsed religion, which the First Amendment stipulates [...]"

I need to make a subtle but critical point here. The First Amendment does pretty much the opposite of what you are suggesting: it FORBIDS any government-endorsed religion. The First Amendment begins:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, ..."

The Founders were wicked smart. They understood that ANY government-endorsed religion would eventually be used as a tool to suppress other, peaceful religions.
As Thomas Jefferson said, Government by Imperfect Men must be bound "by the chains of the Constitution."

The lesson, of course, is that the Founders understood that any time Government is asked to Do Something, inevitably, sooner or later, someone's rights get violated. It's just a matter of time and of degree.

At any rate, for those protesters to have any credibility, they need to:
1) protest all prayer on government property equally, and
2) be respectful, not disruptive, toward others

Tony said...

Hi Dennis,

Thanks for the comment. You're correct and that was the point I was trying to make, although not very well.