19th March 2013

“Rather than combating religious belief at every turn, many non-believers would cheer if the President initiated a genuinely multicultural approach to both believers and secularists in today's America. This might entail, as was not done at the Democratic National Convention last August, inviting secularists as well as believers to platforms that normally exclude the irreligious.”

Ronald Aronson

2 Responses to “19th March 2013”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Or we could just make a point about separation of church and state. Don’t make a point of recognizing religion, but don’t make a point of excluding it either. Omit religion from politics as a matter of separation. Reiterate that all believers are welcome, and welcome to speak their mind, but on proposals that establish policy of a religious nature remind the faithful that government is not the place for any one religious based policy. Include the faithful and the faithless though omission of matters of faith.

  2. Bruce Williams Says:

    Aronson has it right. Until an openly atheistic candidate can even run, let alone WIN a national election, we nonbelievers have no voice. As a child, I heard people say “I don’t care what they believe, as long as they believe in something!” Why do we have to believe in something? And who are you to judge me on what I believe in? And are you willing to listen objectively to my position? And does reason play any part at all in your thinking?

    Martin Luther said: “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.”

    In four centuries, we have made pitifully little progress. Having tolerance for other peoples’ faith does not equate to respecting people who base their understanding of life on reason.