Thursday, November 08, 2007

Ernie Fletcher's "God & Flag" Display Hysterically Inaccurate

File this under: Idiots (R- Kentucky)
cc: You Can't make this stuff up

Ky. Capitol displays not historically accurate

The "Star Spangled Banner," according to one framed account, was a rallying cry 33 years before it was written. And the U.S. motto, "In God We Trust," was adopted on two separate days in July 1956.

And this judge is an idiot, too...

A federal judge's Monday ruling allowed the display, saying a previous injunction prohibiting a granite Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds did not apply. The new display of framed documents in the Capitol is identical to existing displays in Mercer and Rowan county courthouses.

The biggest idiot of all...

It was donated to the state last month by the Rev. Herschel Walker, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Corbin.

Reached by telephone Wednesday, Walker did not have an immediate response about the inaccuracy. Earlier this week he said the display was meant as a tool for teaching children civic literacy.

Now, those pesky little things called facts:

One plaque, about the national anthem, reads: "Both the new song and the flag became known as 'The Star Spangled Banner' and became a rallying cry for the American patriots during the Revolutionary War."

But Francis Scott Key didn't write "The Star-Spangled Banner" until 1814 after a battle at Maryland's Fort McHenry, and the American Revolution ended in 1781.


A document regarding the adoption of "In God We Trust" as the national motto was also inaccurate, claiming Congress adopted it on both July 20 and July 30, 1956. The latter is correct.

And here's the most hysterical part:

A Fletcher spokeswoman, Jodi Whitaker, said the administration was "not aware of any inaccuracies."

Shoddy research?

You bet.

Chances are, the Baptists who created this hysterical display googled "Star Spangled Banner" and found this:

The STARS AND STRIPES sustained our young nation through its five-year battle for independence. From 1781 to the ratification of our Constitution in 1788, this same flag was the one symbol of unity that bound together political leaders of persuasions so different that their philosophies threatened to be more dangerous to the survival of the Republic than the British armies. The flag embodied both prevailing thoughts on the design of the new country. The distinct representation of individual States by their own star in the field of blue attested to the the individuality of each. The Federalists approach was represented in the fact that these 13 individual states had representation in a single flag, uniting them all.

The Federalists, of course! Stars & Stripes. Star Spangled Banner. They both begin with Star, don't they? What's the difference?


By the way, this guy doesn't appreciate being stuck in the middle of such an embarrassing display...

Oh, wait. That's not Lincoln.

That's Stephen Colbert.

Wouldn't an error like that make a Federalist's head explode?

You bet.

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19--


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