9th December 2010

“When religion manifests its tenets in government, both democracy and modern science take a back seat to the voice of rigid ancient authority, and progress is halted. The importance of maintaining secular governments cannot be overstated, and we find increasing need to defend rational secularism before faith-based damages become insurmountable.”

Paul Kurtz

3 Responses to “9th December 2010”

  1. Dan Says:

    A related quote:

    “On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism.”
    – Barry Goldwater, Speech in the US Senate (16 September 1981)

  2. Doubting Thomas Says:

    WELL WELL – I did not think it possible that I could find common ground with Mr Goldwater -BUT I HAVE!!

  3. Dan Says:

    DT,
    Yeah, Goldwater was before my time and I’m sure I wouldn’t have liked him, but I keep this quote on hand as a way to point out that there’s nothing conservative about modern Evangelism.