Make stupidity a capital offense - Greg Gelpi

Black-eyed peas and cabbage.

Health and wealth represented in a meal.

Trekking home to Cajun country this past weekend. My Mom and Dad cooked up our traditional New Year's meal a wee bit early since I was home for a few hours.

The idea is that if you eat those two items in the coming year you will be blessed with health and plenty of wealth.

It's a great idea, but saturated with television, talking heads and self-proclaimed television experts, I feel a need to add to the traditional meal.

Something, anything should be added to deliver intelligence for the coming year.

I'm in no way an advocate for capital punishment, but one exception to that is in the case of stupidity. Stupidity should be declared a capital offense, and punishment should be delivered swiftly and immediately.

The reason I say this is due to an overload of political and social pundits squabbling back and forth recently over the separation of church and state.

Pardon the sarcasm, but asking people to remove their religion in public places is like tossing the engine out of a car and saying drive. How do you separate a person from a person's moral code, sense of purpose and driving principles?

Whether religious or not, try making a decision without using any of those. Good luck.

But let me get to my real point, the crux of stupidity. In the constant struggle for the majority to bend to the minority, secularist pundits demanded that all religious insignia be removed from public sight. Let porn, alcohol and cigarette ads smack you in the face, but how dare a religious symbol see the light of day. And while we're at it, let's all work on Christmas. A religious holiday should not be a national holiday, they argued.

Their argument? Why should an atheist be subjected to religion?

My response? Why should a religious person be subjected to no religion?

Spitting out lofty language and invoking the immortal forefathers, secularists blast the placement of religious symbols near government buildings. The mere association, they claim, is tantamount to endorsing religion.

How is it, though, that stripping these symbols from government buildings isn't claimed to be a government endorsement of atheism?

My personal religious leanings are irrelevant. If a group demands respect and attention, it should be the first to give the same respect and attention to other groups.

So, ring in the new year with some black-eyed peas, cabbage and a side of intelligence. My wish for the new year is a dose of reality and common sense for everyone. Think before you speak, and live and let live.

Greg Gelpi covers education for the News Daily. He can be reached at ggelpi@news-daily.com or (770) 478-5753 Ext. 247.