2nd March 2008

“We need to have a person of faith lead the country sounds pleasant enough and smooths over the difficult question of what exactly the content of your faith is. But isn't it also a form of bigotry? Doesn't it imply that atheists have no business running for office in the United States? If it's bigotry to oppose someone on the basis of their faith, why is it not bigotry to oppose someone because they have none?”

Andrew Sullivan

4 Responses to “2nd March 2008”

  1. Victor Pedraz Says:

    Ah….a thinker and someone I grew up watching. Wish only that his voice were stronger.

  2. Renshia Says:

    This person of faith thing always seems to come back to this “law of morality”. That some how the religious seem to think that they have the edge on morality that non believers don’t. This is probably the one point as a person with atheistic beliefs that chews my craw the most. It is what helped to drive me away from religious beliefs, that Christians are on some higher ground. What a lie, the most crooked diabolical people I know hide behind the Christian front while the only moral ground they are on is self service at the cost of others. It was these hypocrisies that opened my eyes to all the hypocrisies within the church, and caused me to question the whole truth of what I believed in.

  3. Terence Meaden Says:

    “Morality must have arisen long before modern religion came around to lay claim to it. Michael Shermer engagingly brings this controversial topic to life. This is the most convincing argument to date that the origin of our sense of right and wrong is to be found within us, that it is part and parcel of human nature.”
    Frans de Waal, author of Good Natured, reviewing in February 2004 Michael Shermer’s book on Good and Evil

    “To ask about the ‘source’ of rights or morals assumes an erroneous conclusion. To ask about the source of morals is to assume that such a source exists. As if it existed outside of human constructed systems. The ‘source’ is the human ability to learn from experience and to entrench rights in our laws and in our consciousness. Our rights come from our long history of wrongs.” Alan Dershowitz.

  4. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    Andrew Sullivan is a self-described Roman Catholic. His conservative convictions flow from that personal faith. He is a believer even an atheist can love, but I wouldn’t call him moderate.