Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I voted today -- in a church
I vote for every school bond issue that comes along because so many people think their duty is done after their kids graduate -- or worse, they think they should not have to pay for schools because they don't have kids at all.
It galls Dr. ER, who was raised Catholic, to have to vote in a Baptist church, but she does if she wants to vote, because that's where our polling place is.
Before this, in Texas, I voted at an elementary school named for Davy Crockett.
Before that, in the same town in Texas, I voted at an "alternative" school for "troubled" teens.
Before that, in Stillwater, OK, I voted in an armory.
Before that, before I moved away from home, which at the time was smack between two small towns, I voted in the city hall of one of them.
What kind of joint do you vote in? Has anyone else voted in a church, or is that just an Oklahoma thing?
Have also voted in a park lodge, a used car dealership, an elementary school, and a college's student union, as well as via mail (both absentee and as a regular ballot while living in Oregon).
I mean, I don't mind, but Dr. ER is soprt of creeped out about it, since she was abused as a teen by Baptists who teased her for being Catholic (making the Lord very pleased, I'm sure.)
And I would raise holy hell, so to speak, if I had to vote in a mosque.
"And I would raise holy hell, so to speak, if I had to vote in a mosque."
How about a Synogogue or a Buddhist Temple?
Does anyone here know how polling locations are chosen?
Rem, sanctuary or foyer, if to be able to vote you have to vote in a place that stands, religiously, for something you don't believe in, then how can that be right?
On the other hand, if everybody stinking person, or eligible voter, in a given precinct is happy voting in a church, then no outsider should raise a stink over it -- and that's the reason the ACLU pisses people off. They often (but not always) go starting fights where none existed before.
But as a practitioner of one part of the First Amendment, and a firm believer in the other parts of it, I am hypersensitive to the wisdom of keeping government in one sphere and religion in another.
And I would object to voting in a mosque for the sasme reason I would expect most Moslems to object to voting in a Christian Church -- and I don't see how that's bizarre at all.
They're not *just" buildings; they are built spaces consecrated for specific religious purposes that have eternal meaning. I mean, we're not talking the Lions Club versus the Elks Lodge here.
That being said, I feel Dr.ER's pain concerning abusive Baptists, and I was a bit hesitant the time I found out that my polling place was in a Baptist church. But I see voting as both a right and a duty, and damned if I was going to let the location stop me.
As it turned out, the voting booths were about as far from the sanctuary as it was possible to get, no one was trying to convert anyone, and the little old ladies staffing the tables were just as perky and kind as they were in each of the four states I've voted in.