Until Further Titling – Week Four: Proofs of God
A few thoughts:
- Of course the government shouldn’t tell an organization like BSA who can and cannot join. Private organizations (even if given gov’t subsidies, which are another issue) should be free from government analysis unless they are doing something illegal.
- Per the U.S. Constitution and recent rulings like Zorach v. Clausen, Engel v. Vitale, and Society of Separationists, Inc. v. Herman invalidate the claim that the ‘under God’ or similar clause is necessary in state office oaths.
- Bush’s comment was pretty unAmerican if you ask me, as are laws that restrict Sunday sales…
- It really pushes my buttons when people claim this nation was founded on the Christian religion. The Tripoli Treaty is a pretty useful document for refuting that socio-religious dogma.
- The characterization of the Founding Fathers as atheists is a bit more complicated than this video lets on. Some were Masonic Deists, Christian Deists, and even wavering Protestants. Nice try though…
- I also rage about creationism, if you haven’t noticed.
- As far as national policy goes, of course religion is going to play a part in our votes. Claiming that religion should not have a part in votes (or religious people should not be able to vote) is absurd. Should you be disallowed from voting because you believe in a philosophical system like feminism, environmentalism, or existentialism? Absolutely not, you are allowed to use whatever philosophies you wish when you enter the voting booth, even if they are wrong or flawed. The bitterness expressed here separates religion from moral philosophy, metaphysics, and many other studies which are not separable from it, to the conclusion that religion is different in some drastic way from these. It is perspective silencing, which runs against the very nature of the 1st Amendment. Besides, these issues that are named here (abortion, ESCR, right to die) also have scientific and societal implications that can easily be divorced from religion to the same oppositional stance. Blaming it on religion is scapegoating.
- I think I agree with everything else….