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A Short History of Holiday Traditions, Part 1

So after coming back from my extended hiatus, I dropped over at the Atheist blogs list to see what was going on. Interestingly, Superjesus had posted a rather cool discussion about the origins of Christmas. Turns out the Europeans had that whole sun-worshiping thing going on.  And guess what? As it turns out, tonight is the winter solstice. The longest night of the year. You know. That time when the new god kills the old god and the days start getting longer and life comes back to the earth.

Yup. Pretty silly, backward, superstitious-y religion, that pagan stuff. It got me wondering. Just how many “Christian” holidays are actually derived, condensed and rearranged pagan myths set into the church’s uptight, joyless, sexless doctrine? Let’s count, shall we? The major ones, because otherwise we’d be here all damn year, and I got Christmas presents to wrap. I am to present wrapping what Lucretia Borgia was to modest virgin Catholicism.

St. Valentine’s Day. This was originally a very fun and exciting Roman holiday called the Lupercalia. According to Wiki, The Lupercalia was an extremely important fertility holiday, in which young boys ran through the streets, striking women with thongs of goat skin dipped in blood, which was thought to aid in ease of pregnancy and labor. The things people will come up with, eh? On the other hand, afterward was the feast and the sex lottery afterward. WOOHOO, SEX LOTTERY! In which young people were paired up for a year or so, and if children were the result, marriage generally followed. I don’t mind telling you, a feast and a sex lottery sure beats the hell out of some chintzy stuffed bear holding a heart that says “I Heart you THIIIIIS MUCH” and an hour and a half wait time at the steak joint downtown.

Easter. As everyone knows, Easter came about because Jesus and all his apostles were celebrating Passover (you know. The Jewish holiday.), and Judas sold him out and told the Roman soldiers where he was and he ended up having to do the walk of shame through Jerusalem with a big assed wooden cross strapped to his back. Except for that one part, where it was carried for him. Well, in order to make it more appetizing to those fun loving Romans who, frankly, weren’t quite the guilt-ridden Catholics you now see before you, the church found it necessary to tweak a few things and told the pagans that of COOOUUURSE they could keep some of their more time honored traditions and idols, because Jesus was TOTALLY down with that, even though he wasn’t and it was a desperate ploy for converts. Let’s take the name Easter. See, way back before the church told all us Italians how incredibly bad we should all feel about Jesus’ death (because it was all our fault, after all, even if it was “pre-ordained”), there was this moon goddess. Her name was Eostara. Her totems were the hare and the egg, for fertility. Yeah, them Romans, they liked sex a LOT. This has not changed noticeably. Ever wonder how we got something like the Easter Bunny?  I mean…a rabbit? Handing out eggs?! Amazing what we hang onto, isn’t it? Cultural memory is a funny thing.

Wow. This late and I’ve only covered two holidays. This is getting a bit long, too. Okay, kids. I promise I’ll be back tomorrow and we’ll go over the rest of the story. Right now I’m going to pay attention to my family some.

“So What if He’s Muslim?”

So I was on the couch yesterday morning watching Meet the Press (in what must have been the first time in a month the darling man and I have been able to relax together for more than 20 minutes at a time), and retired Gen. Colin Powell made the point I have been trying without success to make ever since this whole “Obama’s a Muslim!” thing started. He calmly, unabashedly and with great conviction said “it doesn’t matter.”

You can catch the full interview on MSNBC here. His exact words were as follows:

Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim; he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian.

But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America.

Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?

Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, “He’s a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards — Purple Heart, Bronze Star — showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old.

And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn’t have a Christian cross; it didn’t have the Star of David; it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.

Thank you, Gen. Powell, for so eloquently explaining what really matters. It isn’t whether a candidate is Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Zoroastrian… it matters that they are an American. That they love and want to help our country, and that their policy stances are ones we wish to embrace. That is ALL that we should look for in any candidate.

I am aware there are those who will say “But if he’s Muslim, it will spill over into how he looks at things!” Could be, yes. My atheism certainly influences my line of thinking. What matters is, will the candidate attempt to instill religious influence in government? So far, only one in my lifetime has done so, and with disastrous results.

I will say, I find it vastly amusing that those railing for a “Christian nation” are so outraged at the thought of any other religion being involved in politics. Suddenly “it would infringe on my civil liberties!” has become a rallying cry for those who loathe what they think the ACLU stands for.

I applaud Gen. Powell for his statement, and sincerely hope that at least a few will consider his words and recognize that they are a plea of tolerance and wisdom, not a partisan attempt to sway.

 

End Times? Again? REALLY?!

I adore my mother in law. I do. I think she’s a terrific lady, and I quite like spending time with her. But DAMMIT! She forms her opinions based more on magical thinking and less on facts, and it drives. Me. Nuts. WE ARE NOT IN THE BLASTED BIBLICAL “END TIMES”!

I swear, you people need to find something else to go on about. I am SO not kidding. What IS it with the whole “end times” thing? I google’d “end times”… 84MILLION hits! I’m sure there are a lot of duplications in there, but still! Holy crap! I then google’d “rapture”…15million. “Second coming” yields 25 million.

Okay. Deep breath. I want you to listen to me very closely. Okay? You need to stop. People have been predicting the end of the world since there have been village squares. The likelihood of anyone actually getting it right is now more remote than the chances of my beloved New York Knicks winning the NBA Championship come June of 2009. It just isn’t going to happen. Let’s look at a few facts.

In 30 AD, Jesus himself predicted the “end times” in the lifetime of his contemporaries. This cannot be a surprise. If any of you have actually bothered to read the Torah, it would be perfectly clear that by claiming himself to be “the chosen one,” son of God, Jesus is predicting the end of the world. That’s what happens. The world ends, game over, and God’s chosen people (guess what? Jews, not Christians) are all swept up, and EVERYone else (including Christians, sorry, you’re not Jewish) will be punished and left to inherit the earth, but won’t be going anywhere near heaven. Now you tell me. How’d that work out?

Okay, yes, I get it, you’re not convinced. Let’s go further. Now that we’ve totally revamped the Torah into the Bible, added an entire new book and all and reworded it to mean what Jesus REALLY meant (because of course, he isn’t going to abandon all his followers), and look at some Christian “end time” prophecies.

This site goes on for quite some time, so I’m just going to c&p a few of them and you can read the rest at your leisure.

ca. 2800 BC According to Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts (1979), an Assyrian clay tablet dating to approximately 2800 BC was unearthed bearing the words “Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common.” This is one of the earliest examples of the perception of moral decay in society being interpreted as a sign of the imminent end.

Okay, I know that one isn’t a “Christian” revelation, being 2800 years before Christ was even born….but if nothing else, it should hammer home the idea that people have been saying the world is ending for a long, LONG time.

ca. 70 The Essenes, a sect of Jewish ascetics with apocalyptic beliefs, may have seen the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 66-70 as the final end-time battle. (Source: PBS Frontline special Apocalypse!)
2nd Century The Montanists believed that Christ would come again within their lifetimes and establish a new Jerusalem at Pepuza, in the land of Phrygia. Montanism was perhaps the first bona fide Christian doomsday cult. It was founded ca. 156 AD by the tongues-speaking prophet Montanus and two followers, Priscilla and Maximilla. Despite the failure of Jesus to return, the cult lasted for several centuries. Tertullian, who once said “I believe it just because it is unbelievable” (a true skeptic if ever there was one!), was perhaps the most renowned Montanist. (Gould p.43-44)
247 Rome celebrated its thousandth anniversary this year. At the same time, the Roman government dramatically increased its persecution of Christians, so much so that many Christians believed that the End had arrived. (Source: PBS Frontline special Apocalypse!)
365 Hilary of Poitiers predicted the world would end in 365. (Source: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance)
There are many stories of apocalyptic paranoia around the year 1000. For example, legend has it that a “panic terror” gripped Europe in the years and months before this date. However, scholars disagree on which stories are genuine, whether millennial expectations at this time were any greater than usual, or whether ordinary people were even aware of what year it was. An excellent article on Y1K apocalyptic expectations can be found at the Center for Millennial Studies. (Gould, Schwartz, Randi) 1033 After Jesus failed to return in 1000, some mystics pushed the date of the End to the thousandth anniversary of the Crucifixion. The writings of the Burgundian monk Radulfus Glaber described a rash of millennial paranoia during the period from 1000-1033. (Kyle p.39, Abanes p.337, McIver #50) 1184 Various Christian prophets foresaw the Antichrist coming in 1184. (Abanes p.338) Sep 23, 1186 John of Toledo, after calculating that a planetary alignment would occur in Libra on September 23, 1186 (Julian calendar), circulated a letter (known as the “Letter of Toledo”) warning that the world was to going to be destroyed on this date, and that only a few people would survive. (Randi p.236)

This goes on quite some time, and leads us to current day. ReligiousTolerance.org has a rather extensive list of recent and current predictions of the end of the world. As you can all see, none of them have actually come to fruition. Nor will they. There simply is no day written down where the world is actually going to end.

Is it going to happen? Certainly, some day. Either some huge asteroid will get through our atmosphere or we’ll be sucked into the black hole that will be created when our sun goes supernova or (and far more likely in my estimation) we’ll blow ourselves up. But regardless…it will have nothing whatever to do with Jesus coming back.

So. My advice to you is….stop worrying about it! Enjoy your life. Because really, it’s the only one you have. Stop waiting around for something you’ll never have and appreciate what you DO have. Life goes by fast enough….do you really want to miss it?

Americans Questioning Religion in Politics

According to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal, fewer conservatives believe that religion has a place in government.

Four years ago, just 30% of conservatives believed that churches and other houses of worship should stay out of politics. Today, 50% of conservatives express this view.

The new survey finds that conservatives’ views on this issue are much more in line with the views of moderates and liberals than was previously the case. Similarly, the sharp divisions between Republicans and Democrats that previously existed on this issue have disappeared.
There are other signs in the new poll about a potential change in the climate of opinion about mixing religion and politics. First, the survey finds a small but significant increase since 2004 in the percentage of respondents saying that they are uncomfortable when they hear politicians talk about how religious they are — from 40% to 46%.
This holds a great deal of significance. The poll was taken prior to Sen. McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate. Will these numbers change now that the evangelical base is appeased? Do fiscal conservatives still feel evangelicals have too much say in their party?
It has long been the contention that in order to gain the presidency, one must be conspicuously religious. I find it encouraging that the right is starting to recognize the drain fundamentalists are wreaking in their party. Moderates who would otherwise have voted Republican are either joining the Libertarian or Democratic parties or simply not voting. Too often, public and fiscal policy with which they disagree is instituted, and out of a sense of party loyalty, they feel the need to support it.
Fiscal conservatives….small-government Republicans: Take your party back! We need good conservatives in office, just like a car needs a good set of brakes, to keep the social programs from excess. Balance is important in our political system; those checks and balances are there for a reason. We have many, many problems. It’s time to put the religious ones aside and concentrate on making our country stronger. We have two wars, and are currently in a fiscal spiral. Whether or not we remember God every day is not a governmental issue. It’s a private one. We need to stop wasting time on it.

Dinosaurs Helped Build the Pyramids.

At least….they did according to Vince Fenech, director of Mosta Academy* in Malta. Mr. Fenech is responsible for the education of young minds, aged 4 to 18; something that should cause any parent with a shred of awareness and common sense to cringe and thank the First Amendment that, at least for right now, this nonsense is not being taught in American public schools.

My question (and perhaps I’m being nitpicky in asking) is how the hell do people like this become educators?! No, really. I know teachers are in demand, but how hard up does one have to be to graduate and license a fundamentalist nutjob who is so far out of touch with scientifically proven data, they are actually misinforming who knows how many children to the point that those kids will find it difficult to function in normal society? I mean….what thoughts go through the heads of parents who enroll their children in places like this? “Gee, if I enroll my kids here, they probably won’t ever be able to get accepted to an accredited college, but that’s okay! The world needs janitors, too.”

Harsh? Possibly. But if we have a responsibility to our children at all, it isn’t to keep force feeding them fairy stories til they’re 18 so that they’ll be totally unprepared when they are faced with real challenges. We do our kids no favors by shielding them from reality. If anything, we are doing damage by “protecting” them. The world will teach lessons we fail to instill, and society will be far less kind and nurturing in the process.

There are times when it really seems to me that the resurgence of groups like the Flat Earth Society and the oh-so-charming Fred Phelps & his Westboro Baptist Church (note the web address; can’t you just FEEL Jesus’ love?) signal a serious regression in the education of our kids. There exists such a back lash against fact and science…and for the life of me I can’t begin to understand why. Why are we so intent on keeping our children ignorant? Why is it necessary to ensure that our legacy to them is more superstition and fear? Can we really be so arrogant that we presume that doing so is in their best interest? That learning will in some way harm them?

The only other alternative I can come up with is that some people actively attempt to keep their kids from knowing more than they do; which is so vain and stupid that it boggles my mind to try to wrap itself around the idea. Every generation will learn more than the generation before it. That’s the way life works; it keeps our species moving forward. To attempt to stop that is to encourage our species to devolve.

With all our advances in science, we are past the primitive point where we can accept that the loud noises in the sky are the gods throwing down thunderbolts. The advent of the Hubble telescope, the beautiful images it has sent back and this scale model of our solar system & nearest stars that’s been circling the web for a year or so have shown us just how huge our universe truly is an how unlikely it is that some benevolent all knowing being is “watching over us.”

I do not pretend to have all the answers. Nor do I believe science has provided them all. Yet. It may be that we may someday find all the information we’re looking for. But I do know that if we insist on keeping science and learning from our children, it will only serve to delay that someday. We owe it to them as parents to encourage them to learn.

*I have no idea why this story is only now making the rounds; it’s just bizarre and outrageous enough that it should have been all over the place last year.

Hamlet 2; now with SEXY JESUS and protests at a theater near you.

I’m sure most of you consider this utterly predictable by now. Hamlet 2 has seen some protests.

This always mystifies me. Why, why, WHY would anyone protest a movie? And why on earth, if you want something to NOT be seen, would you show up and cause a media circus? Don’t you know you’re generating free publicity for the movie? The best way to discourage a film is to simply not go to it. Don’t hold a protest, don’t make a cassus belli on the internet, just IGNORE IT! Like your television and shows you don’t like….if people don’t watch, they don’t get revenue.

While you’re at explaining that, could you also explain why it’s not okay to make fun of religion in ONE STINKING SCENE, but movies that show graphic violence are perfectly okay? Let’s take Passion of the Christ. People, it was nothing short of a snuff film. That’s right. I said it. A snuff film. And “Christians” were taking children, some as young as 6 YEARS OLD! This is the vision they want their children to remember of their savior? Those kids are going to be traumatized for life. I can only imagine the nightmares. 20 freakin’ minutes of beating. These are the same people who wail and bemoan the fate of their children just because Janet Jackson showed a nipple on national tv for a tenth of a second. But watching a dramatization of a man being beaten to death is perfectly okay. So long as it’s in the right context.

One of the posts from the thread I just linked (okay, all of them) made my eyebrow raise some. The posters there are actually trying to liken a for profit movie shown on privately owned property to  first amendment discrimination, saying it’s equal to government employees being told not to lead others in prayer.

I’ve been having this same argument, over and over, for a couple weeks now. Some people simply do not get it. They really see no difference between the two. Moreover, I don’t think they WANT to get it. *sigh*…. is there anything that DOESN’T offend them?

Personally, I can’t wait to see Hamlet 2. Was giggling and snerking at the trailer (you can see them all here) in ways that caused the other theater goers (in Texas, mind you) to turn in their seats and scowl at me. My levity was not appreciated. Will report back, although thus far, I’m reading only lukewarm reviews.

On the DNC and religious pandering

The darling man and I have been glued to the television via the eyeballs the past few nights watching the DNC. We try to be responsible political junkies; we restrain ourselves to the privacy of our own home and comment to each other on the speechifying and punditry. Considering we live in Texas, it’s probably safest that way.

One of the most glaringly obvious tactics used this election cycle has been the attempt of the Dems to woo centrist religious voters. Listening on the way home from the office yesterday, then watching on MSNBC last night, we were both disheartened by the number of “moments of silence” and “God bless…” whatever they wanted blessed. The US, Barack Obama, the US citizenry, Joe Biden’s mom…. it seemed unending.

While I realize that, to a certain extent, it just plain makes sense to reach out to the nation’s religious voters, I have to express a certain amount of dismay and feeling of betrayal by my party. In recent decades, the Democratic party has embraced the role of champion of civil rights. That includes the right to NOT have religion forced down our throats; especially by those in political office. After the plundering of our Constitution and our rights over the last eight years, it seems one of the few that I’ve felt I could count on. But watching all those heads bow….at a governmental function… I was outraged. Not only over the breach of the First Amendment (although that was first and foremost in my mind), but over the response when someone had the fortitude to point it out.

Tiernan says he couldn’t stand it any more. “I stood up and said, ‘I’m a democrat but I’m not a person of faith.’ I said, ‘This looks like a church service to me and I never thought I would see the Democrats doing something like this.” At that point, the police came and escorted Tiernan from the hall. They told him he could leave or stay and see what the Democrats wanted to do with him, so he stayed but nobody did anything so he left.

“The thing is,” says Tiernan with a chuckle, “I’m not a career protester. I just don’t like religion mixed with politics. It’s wrong and it’s dangerous.”

And he’s right. But it seems the Dems aren’t really lstening. With so much at stake this election season, they have taken on an old Clinton tactic: win at any price. Even if it means pandering to a group they have very little chance of actually reaching.

“How,” you may be asking yourself (as was I) “does one group get so much pull politically? Especially since, politically, no religious group should be able to affect change to their advantage?” It’s easy. Become a majority, then whine about how your rights are being infringed. Regardless of whether they actually are or not. It isn’t about honesty; it’s about pushing the agenda, in politically correct terms. In more blunt terms: it’s about extortion. “We have a lot of votes. If you don’t do things exactly the way we want them, you don’t get any votes at all.” Never mind whoever else’s rights get trampled in the process. To the loudmouths go the spoils.  

The persecution of Christianity.

So, I recently responded to a post in my blog (here) in which a Christian stated that they are being stripped of their rights because of a vocal minority, and that Christians have been a “silent” majority. I answered rather quickly and not especially thoughtfully. I think I’d like to take the time to respond a bit more in depth, because while I’m sure many atheists and people of other religions have heard more than enough on the subject, it seems most Christians don’t think we’ve gotten the message. We’ve gotten it. Really. But I’ll go ahead and address the concerns, since so many of you seem to feel an infringement upon your rights.

  But what about the atheists?…..is another argument.

What about them? Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We’re not going to pass the collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that’s asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer!

Ah, well, it isn’t just atheists. And, sorry, but yes. It is asking too much. My favorite quote regarding rights is “yours end where mine begin.” The federal government shall not endorse one religion over another. Period. Even if the branch of the federal government we’re talking about is a high school. You’re welcome to your right to pray in public. Is there a reason you MUST have that prayer on the loudspeaker of a federal building during a sporting event? Are you afraid your god won’t hear you? Can’t you do it without someone else leading you? Pray! Go ahead! No one is stopping you. But don’t expect to be led by federal employees. That’s the law, and that’s MY right, too.

Saying you should have the right to have a federal employee say a prayer on government property is essentially saying “this is our religion and you HAVE to accept it and the government endorses it.” Well, we don’t, and it doesn’t. That’s why that amendment is there. Your right does not supersede the law, and it does not trump mine.  

Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don’t think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world’s foundations.

No. One or two will remind the federal government that they cannot endorse a religion. NO ONE is telling you not to pray! Is the distinction really that difficult to understand? Why?

Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek, while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating, and to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now, a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying.

God, help us. And if that last sentence offends you, well, just sue me.

Actually? Christians have just as much right as any other adherent of any other religion. And while I’m sure you deride them non stop every chance you get, the ACLU fights just as hard for Christians as for any other group. As it should be. What you apparently want is more rights than adherents of any other religion. Tough. You can’t have it.  

The silent majority has been silent too long. It’s time we tell that one or two individuals who scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority doesn’t care what they want. It is time that the majority rules! It’s time we tell them: ‘You don’t have to pray; you don’t have to say the Pledge of Allegiance; you don’t have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right; but by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away. We are fighting back, and we WILL WIN!’

I’m going to ask for a citation, here. What rights are being taken, exactly? You have the right to pray, you have the right to attend whatever house of worship tickles your little pink fancy, you have the right to even keep “God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. And while you’re at it….gimme a citation for Christians being a silent majority; seems to me all we hear about every year is how Christians have rights and we’re going to recognize them. 

While you’re at it, look up “tyranny of the majority.” The majority wanted to keep women from voting. The majority wanted to keep black children from attending white schools. The majority wanted to refuse interracial marriage. The majority wanted to refuse to allow immigrants to serve in the military. Our civil rights are in place to protect the individual from the tyranny of the majority.  Since when did we become a nation of sheep, that we HAVE to go along with the majority? Our country was founded on individualism.

In closing; Let me just say that none of what I’ve heard is about Christians keeping the rights they have nearly as much as it’s about forcing everyone else to live by their rules.  

The Dangers of Making America a “Christian Nation.”

As our president makes his way to the far east to attend the Olympic games, concerns about religious freedoms and human rights continue to overshadow the games themselves. Here at home, those same concerns are echoed in the ongoing Presidential race.

65% of all Americans believe that the nation’s founders intended the United States to be a Christian nation and 55% believe that the Constitution establishes a Christian nation. This is according to a national survey released Sept. 11, 2007 by the First Amendment Center. Quite incorrect*, and it highlights an increasing disconnect between perception and reality, and forewarns of a dangerous trend toward the establishment of a state religion.

Among other things, one of the underlying reasons behind the United States becoming the United States was escape from persecution of state religion. Both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary before her perpetrated a war on their religious opponents. Lands were seized, titles were stripped, and many were imprisoned and (in the severe case of Queen Mary) put to death.

But, you say, that couldn’t happen today. We live in a democracy. Yes, yes we do. A big reason we live in a democracy is that there is no state religion. Any time religion is involved in matters of state, a government “of the people, for the people, and by the people” is no longer possible. Because the church is part of the government and the government part of the church, the people’s wil and the rights of the individual become secondary.

One of the most dangerous things this administration has done is to forward the purpose of a “unitary executive,” with the concept that the President is a power unto himself, and answerable to no one. Previously, it was recognized by most politicians (if not most citizens) that endowing an executive with that much power could be disastrous, as eventually, the pendulum would swing, and the opposing party would gain the executive branch. This was always enough of a threat to keep checks and balances in place. Most Christians shrug at this argument, pointing out that we only elect Christian presidents. Very well, then.

What would happen if we elected another Catholic president? One who wished to make Catholicism the state religion? It’s a Christian religion, right? What’s the big deal? And being the unitary executive, (s)he has the power to make that a reality. What? Why are you getting angry?

That’s not even an extreme example. I’m sure there would be much more outrage if I substituted Catholic with Muslim. And that outrage is precisely the reason we CANNOT have a state religion. It is wrong, regardless of which religion is chosen, to impose that religion on others. Were anyone to attempt to do so to Christians, I’m sure a first amendment suit would be brought so fast, the irony meters wouldn’t be able to keep up.

We are now a nation of many cultures. There is no one that we can point to and call it exclusively “American.” Those cultures include religions. And all of those citizens have the right to practice the religion of their choice or no religion at all, regardless of whether we embrace it or not. As Americans, we MUST preserve that right.  

 

*True. It was never about God. Our government is secular, our society is predominantly Christian. Those who founded our country did so not on “Christian principles,” but on a rule of law and justice derived from Greek, Roman and English systems. Not the bible.