Saturday, December 6, 2008

A New State Religion

I have long held that Atheism is a faith. I will make that argument more strongly if there is interest. I've also argued that Atheism must not be established as the State religion. It flies in the face of the 1st Amendment. The first phrase of the first right guaranteed by the bill of rights was: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." That is freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. To freedom from religion, there is no right.

Unsurprisingly, I'm not the first person to have had such thoughts, or to speak out about them. Religion is not for intellectually challenged or the unsophisticated. A bit of research on this man will demonstrate that even if you disagree with the tenets of his faith, he was incredibly intelligent and as demonstrated, a great speaker. He also spoke about many of the things facing communities of faith today long before our current situation developed.

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