Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Highest Ranking Non-Theistic Member of the US Government

March 12, 2007

The Secular Coalition for America, the first lobbying group in Washington for freethinking Americans, offered 1000 dollars to whoever could find the highest ranking  atheistic member of the US government.

He turns out to be a representative Peter Stark, a Democratic congressmen from California’s 13th district.

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Stark is the first ever openly atheist member of congress, even though, if congress was a representative sample of Americans, there ought to be about fifty non-theistic members. Stark has consistently voted in favor of freedom and equality – he has a 100% rating from the ACLU. This is a huge step foreward for equality, kin to the first woman speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Hopefully, other atheistic congressmen – if there are any – will follow Stark’s lead. Hopefully, this isn’t the end of Stark’s political career!

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And the Antichrist is… Al Gore?

March 3, 2007

Pope Benedict (the Whatever) has been notified by the Archbishop of Bologna, who was was presumably talking to God (or Jesus? Or the Holy Spirit?), that the Anti-Christ will be a a pacifist, and ecologist, and an ecumenist. So some one who doesn’t like war, thinks it might be important to prevent the destruction of the environment, and would like to see the entire world live in peace and unity together! Well, it looks like you are in luck Bishop – you don’t have to worry because John Lennon is already dead. Because a psychopath conservative religious whack-job, like you, shot him in the head. And who is to fight this peace lovin’ hippy – er, evil beast? The Eastern Orthodox, the Catholic, and the Protestant. Way to mobilize the Christian right! I will be looking foreward to more bigotry, gas-guzzling SUVs, needless wars, and attacks on science and progress in the future. Ass.

(Edited for factual errors.)

In God We Don’t Trust

February 17, 2007

Another article for the union:

In God We Don’t Trust

The United States of America is not, never has been, and hopefully never will be a Christian Nation. The US was not founded upon Christian ideals. The founding fathers were not Christians. Thomas Jefferson, the man who penned the declaration of independence, was respectful of the teachings of Jesus as a moral philosopher, but he was not a Christian. Likewise, the rest of the founding fathers, as was common amongst enlightenment thinkers, were not Christians. Most of them were deists. This meant that they did not believe in any sort of personal God who answered prayers or performed miracles. The God of the founding fathers was an apathetic god, designing the laws and constants of the universe and leaving it to its own devices. The list of deist forefathers is a long and prominent one, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.

At any rate, the personal belief systems of the framers of the constitution are irrelevant because the first amendment clearly shows that they intended to keep church and state separate. The first amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The language is quite clear. Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of any religion. That means you can’t legislate what is written in the Bible, or the Koran, or any other alleged divinely-inspired book. So is it ok to refuse homosexuals the right to marry, simply because the Bible views homosexuality as wrong? No, it isn’t. Nor is it legit to ban abortion simply because the good book says that “God knew you in the womb.” If any of this sort of thing is going to fly in the legal system, it better be backed by some good logical reasoning and while abortion might come close to having logical reasons against it, I can say with certainty that there are definitely no good secular reasons to bar homosexuals from marriage.

In the same vein, the inclusion of the words “under God” and “in God we trust” in the pledge of allegiance and on our money is absolutely unconstitutional. An ignorant person might say, “but doesn’t the first amendment support freedom of religion, but not freedom from religion?” Nope. But, even if it did not mean freedom from religion, the inclusion of the capital “G” God on the dollar bill is clearly the establishment of one type of religion over another. Ever hear of polytheism? Animism? Eastern spiritualism? Scientology?? There are many religions in the world that do not believe in the monotheistic sky-god of Judeo-Christian tradition, and there are countless more that I could just make up on the spot! Not to mention, “under God” and “in God we trust” weren’t even added to the pledge and to our currency until the 1950’s in the midst McCarthyism, which, in my opinion, is the closest we have ever come as a nation to theocracy and American fascism.

It is apparent that a wall between church and state is necessary for the success of any governing body that guarantees freedom to all of its citizens. For freedom to exist, every individual must be able to exercise his own freedom, until he or she is treading upon the freedom of another. It follows that minority groups are not impeding upon the “rights” and moral codes of Christians when they move to have “under God” removed from the pledge, ask for mandatory prayer to be removed from government run schools, or ask for the same marriage rights as the rest of the population. On the contrary, if any of the above are put into law by a Christian majority, then the line between exercising personal freedom and limiting the freedom of another has been crossed and we have ventured into the realm of coercion and tyranny. America is not a Christian nation because America is a free nation. It cannot be both.

Sean

Atheists On CNN

February 9, 2007

(UPDATE: Here is Dawkins appearance on CNN.)

Richard Dawkins will be on CNN Monday ( 2/12) at 8 pm. This is possibly in response to this horrible excuse for a segment about atheism (the second half is particularly disturbing):

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Part 2

“America is a Christian nation”?? I don’t think so. The founding fathers were often staunchly anti-Christian. Apparantly, objective facts are inconsequential to these people.

James Randi famed debunker of the paranormal has also been on CNN lately, discussing alleged psychic Sylvia Browne:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Sean