17th December 2011

“When a religious person gets into trouble at work for wearing a crucifix or headscarf, the religious lobby throws up its arms in horror. However, they still think it's perfectly fine to receive public money to run institutions that discriminate on grounds of religion.”

Anon.

6 Responses to “17th December 2011”

  1. John Says:

    They have secretly always had a fundamental special rule for just them… “do as we say; not as we do”.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Not quite, John. The secret rule involves the interpretation of the first amendment. A more exact formulation would be: “Congress shall make no laws regarding the establishment of any religion other than mine. My freedom of religion shall not be abridged in any way, shape or form. Your freedom of religion is YOUR problem, and is of no concern to me.”

    Unfortunately for anyone questioning religion in general, SCOTUS seems to agree with this interpretation.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Hi everybody,

    I wish we had a Hitchens quote today. Instead I’d ask everyone to read Richard Dawkins on Hitchens:

    Richard Dawkins: Illness made Hitchens a symbol of the honesty and dignity of atheism
    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/richard-dawkins-illness-made-hitchens-a-symbol-of-the-honesty-and-dignity-of-atheism-6278298.html

    Somehow I just can’t get motivated about religious hypocrisy today.

  4. Jeff Says:

    Sinjin, I know what you mean about “poor taste”, but frankly, I think the Onion got it right – the picture was all that need be said, and even Dawkins, wonderful as his tribute to Hitch is, ultimately lost the argument with the man he was eulogizing. We are poorer for his passing. His life and writings stand as his ultimate tribute.

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    There is honesty and dignity among atheists and there is no better way to exemplify this fact than in living as Hitchens did.

    Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris are one rider less, but in losing Hitch they aren’t diminished.

    As you say Jeff they have Hitch’s work, we all do.

  6. Jeff Says:

    There is one rap on Hitch’s honesty.

    He became an American, which required him to recite the citizenship oath, which ends in the words, “so help me God.” As he could expect no help from a deity of any kind, he knowingly lied to become a citizen.

    In his defense, he probably took it as the kind of “pious mouthing” that the dissenting opinion in Elk Grove USD v. Newdow declared the “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance to be.

    Frankly, I believe that all atheists and non-believers should begin refusing to take such oaths so that we can get this crap out of the public discourse.