In response to Elizabeth Dole and Kay Hagan’s bigotry toward atheists which went largely unnoticed, B.T. Murtagh of QuarkScrew wrote a very encouraging piece entitled Dole, Hagan And Hating On Atheists. The following excerpt is the part that I found particularly inspiring:
Remember, though, we’re only the last in the line; at one time it would have been just as easy to hate on the Jew, the Muslim, or even the Catholic here in America. In some few places that’s still somewhat the case (Muslims in particular are tempting targets today, in certain venues) but it’s become unacceptable in American society at large.
Keep your eyes on the prize. We’ll get there, if we simply keep insisting on our equality and humanity, as forcefully and insistently as did the other minorities. Given the groundwork already laid, it should be doable in decades rather than centuries.
It wasn’t so long ago that the President George H. W. Bush refused to acknowledge the equal citizenship and patriotism of American atheists, stating:
No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
In Barack Obama’s 2006 Call To Renewal address, Obama affirms his own Christianity as well his belief in separation of church and state:
[B]ecause I do not believe that religious people have a monopoly on morality , I would rather have someone who is grounded in morality and ethics, and who is also secular, affirm their morality and ethics and values without pretending that they’re some one they’re not . . . Moreover, given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”
I share B.T. Murtagh’s hope and finally believe that hope to be well founded.
Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On
[Edited to correct opening sentence and title. There don’t seem to be “a lot” of McCain supporters talking about this, as I had originally stated. My apologies for the mistake.]
It seems that a few McCain supporters are jumping at the chance to use George Obama’s life in Kenya for the purpose of attacking Barack Obama’s character. How can he abandon his own brother, leaving him to suffer in poverty while he lives like a king? What a hypocrite, some are saying.
Some of the stories would lead the less skeptical among us to believe that Barack has turned his back on a starving man in poor health who has no-one; that George begged for help and Barack kicked him instead. Of course this isn’t what anyone is actually saying, but it’s the kind of picture some bloggers seem to be keen to paint.
Skeptic that I am, I had to see for myself, and here is some of what I found:
[…] McCain has said he wants to push for a Bush Administration proposal to allow faith-based organizations to make employment decisions based on religion even when using federal funding.
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On the one hand, Christian Conservatives want to deny Federal funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood or have the government forbid them to perform perfectly legal procedures if they receive Federal funding, simply because said procedures violate their religious principles. In other words, because they don’t like what Planned Parenthood does.
On the other hand, Christian Conservatives want the government to allow faith-based organizations to violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964 by practicing religious discrimination, even when said organizations also receive Federal funding. You know, because they like what these folks do.
We all pay Federal taxes, so we all contribute to anything that is Federally funded. That’s precisely why these wingnuts don’t want places like Planned Parenthood to receive any Federal funding – they don’t want their tax dollars being used to support something that violates their principles. But they’re perfectly fine with using my tax dollars to support something that violates my principles.
Talk about wanting to eat your cake and have it. Good grief! It seems “inconsistency” is the watchword of the modern American right.
These people want to rule the world with their Bibles. And they don’t even have the good sense to know they ought to be ashamed of that.
After reading Let There Be Gas at Gary William Murning Online, I became intrigued and decided to follow up on Prayer at the Pump. I thought that with the way things have been going, if gas prices started to go down, I might give this whole God thing a bit more consideration. Well… not really, but that was kind of funny, huh?
Anyway, I’m interested in knowing what Twyman and Co. have to say about this:
Gasoline prices have soared to levels never seen before as even the inflation-adjusted price for a gallon of unleaded topped the 1981 record spike in price that had stood for 26 years.