Another version of this quote here:
Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all. Now this is going to be difficult for some who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, as many evangelicals do. But in a pluralistic democracy, we have no choice. Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality. It involves the compromise, the art of what’s possible. At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise. It’s the art of the impossible. If God has spoken, then followers are expected to live up to God’s edicts, regardless of the consequences. To base one’s life on such uncompromising commitments may be sublime, but to base our policy making on such commitments would be a dangerous thing.
Amazing how I can totally see this pissing off people I know who don’t like Barack Obama, but this is why I like him.
Please go watch this BBC documentary on the the history of Abrahamic religions.
There are three of them.
You may have heard of them.
You may even think you like one of them over the other two.
The link will take you away from Le Café. Please take a look and come on back to let me know what you think!
The results are in: atheists talk about religion far more than even religionistas do.
And we don’t shut up.
I am exhibit number uno. I mean I never shut up about it.
What would happen if religion ever died? We’d be so bored, we’d invent religions to be mad about.
Just watch the video above. It validates all these points and more.
I mean, were you aware at how geeky we all look. Take any frame in the video, and we appear to be a homely lot of godless nerds.
Own up, kids. This is who you choose to associate with.
Ooooooo … don’t those atheist kids at reddit piss you off?
Here are more of their shenanigans.
Can you believe it?
Picture of a black man with a cane wearing a t-shirt that reads, “I’m an atheist. Debate me.” He walks away, and the back reads, “Thanks for trying, better luck next time.”
Stamp on dollar bill reads, “Federal endorsement of a deity or religion violates the US constitution.
Bumper sticker reads: I’ve got nothing against god. It’s his fan club I can’t stand.
Teacher: “Can you see god?” Student: “No.” Teacher: “Then there is no god.” Student: “can you see your brain?” Teacher: “No.” Student: “then you have no brain.” Response: Are you an idiot?
Complete video at Fora TV
In this highlight from May 2007, author and atheist Christopher Hitchens notes an increasing audience for “resistance to clerical bullying.” He cites examples of society’s widespread frustration with outdated religious traditions and champions the perseverance of scientific thought.
Reblogged from Atheist Media.
From the Center for Inquiry:
To hope, to care, to love. We have all experienced these powerful, fundamental feelings. They help define what it is to be human. These important elements of a fulfilling human life are experienced by religious and nonreligious people alike.
Find out more: http://www.livingwithoutreligion.org.
The video above tries to show how “atheists,” aka admitted non-believers, are hated in this country.
“Hello,” we say in a unified voice.
“My name is Jeremy Witteveen … and I … am … an atheist ….”
(Ominous thunder clap)
(Drum beats on the horizon!)
Bum bum bum!
Can I get an atheist pah-lease!
Ain’t nobody hatin’ on you, atheist!
Eighty — that’s EH-TEE — PER CENT of god-believing Christians in this country love EVERYBODY! That’s their M.O. That’s their Christ-tee-anne Modus OPERANDI!
They love that sinful,
We may have all kinds of great minds, scientists, writers, and actors backing our cause. But do you think that gives us credibility?
We have to beg!
Get on your knees, atheist.
That’s the way it’s got to be.
Regardless … you’re going to roast in hell.