Rebecca Watson: Religious Apologist

A bill has been introduced recently in the (wait for it… ) Arizona legislature (surprise!) that would require high-school graduates to recite a pledge that ends with the words “So help me God” before they are allowed to receive their diploma. Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, has written a fairly comprehensive article about it already; this reporter will not duplicate his efforts.

Forget for a minute that the oath is absurd. Forget for a minute that it has no chance of passing.

Concentrate on the fact that former skeptic/atheist Rebecca Watson (@rebeccawatson on Twitter) has blogged supporting the “so help me God” wording:

For a start, “so help me God” is a common oath that, over the centuries, has become fairly irrelevant and is now said as a matter of custom more than a serious appeal to an all-powerful deity.

Really. She actually said that. “So help me God”, according to Rebecca Watson (@rebeccawatson on Twitter),  is merely a turn of phrase nowadays, a trite four-word phrase that has no connection to its past, whose invocation of God isn’t really an invocation of God.

Gone, apparently, are the days when Ms. Watson (@rebeccawatson on Twitter) would rail against this kind of language continuing to creep into American society. Gone, apparently, are the days when she would take the Blasphemy Challenge. The battle against religion is not worth fighting any more, apparently, now that there’s money to be made in lecturing skeptics about feminism instead.

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6 Responses to Rebecca Watson: Religious Apologist

  1. This is a bit picky. I say “Oh my God” all the time because it has lost its original meaning. There’s a reasonable argument to be made that it’s lost its meaning elsewhere too. this isn’t a battle worth fighting – if all religion was to end up existing solely as overtly meaningless little phrases I’d settle for that.

    • skepdigger says:

      Thanks for your comment! If it’s such a meaningless phrase, then why would the bill include it? It’s pretty clear that the Arizona lawmakers don’t consider it a meaningless phrase. Keep reading SkepDirt!

      • Well they include it because of history but lots of people still think it does have meaning, fair enough. However, I think its one of those aspects of religion that will eventually die a natural death as we make progress with more tangible problems.

    • bismarket says:

      When you say it & when the Gov’ says it are not equal. OMG would not be used at any swearing in ceremony i’m aware of either.

  2. wiscfi says:

    Reblogged this on Women in Secularism 2 and commented:
    So help me God, Rebecca Watson

  3. cynedyr says:

    So…is she completely incapable of admitting being wrong? You can’t do that and do science well, is it different wrt skepticism?

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