Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sit Down and Shut Up

The Consumerist (as well as a number of other blogs) highlighted a car dealership that used an interesting ad. The California Ford dealer used the following in a radio ad:

Did you know that there are people in this country who want prayer out of schools, "Under God" out of the Pledge, and "In God We Trust" to be taken off our money?

But did you know that 86% of Americans say they believe in God? Now, since we all know that 86 out of every 100 of us are Christians who believe in God, we at Kieffe & Sons Ford wonder why we don't just tell the other 14% to sit down and shut up. I guess maybe I just offended 14% of the people who are listening to this message. Well, if that is the case, then I say that's tough, this is America folks, it's called free speech. And none of us at Kieffe & Sons Ford are afraid to speak up. Kieffe & Sons Ford on Sierra Highway in Mojave and Rosamond: if we don't see you today, by the grace of God, we'll be here tomorrow.

Yeah--just a little nonsensical, eh? I bet he'd feel differently if the country were 86% some other belief that they're not. Then they'd be happy we have a rights-protecting republic instead of a majority-tyranny democracy.


Monica said...

This is a dumb email that's been going around for some time now. My mother sent it to me. I told her what was what, too!

Kim said...

It's so old that the ad ran, people complained, Ford got the company to make a kind-of apology, and the company stated it doesn't stand by the fake apology.

Too bad more people don't understand that having a lot of people believe something doesn't make it right or give them the ability to repress others.

A friend of mine has a mother who is devout. It's s bad that she can't even accept natural occurances without thinking it's some sort of divine retribution. Terrible to see everything through a lens of some tempermental omnipotent being. Just like Zeus.