Rebecca Watson: Religious Apologist
January 28, 2013 6 Comments
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.