7th January 2014

“Treating all religious and non-religious citizens equally is the American way. If we don't have freedom of religion in this country, what do we have?”

Susan B. Thistlethwaite

2 Responses to “7th January 2014”

  1. Miles Harrison Says:

    Time to get behind equality of religion OR separate Church from State. Take your pick, I’m happy with either. Don’t give christianity a free ride. Join this lightening rod issue by helping fund an equally ridiculous mythical shrine in the OK State Capitol : http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/put-a-satanic-monument-at-ok-capitol

  2. Jeff Says:

    Neither is really in the constitution. First came the establishment clause, then the free practice clause. What the first amendment actually says is this:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Notice that everything after the first two clauses deals with non-religious issues, so what follows will only deal with those two clauses.

    So many times in the interpretation of the first clause (which many take to mean separation of Church and State), an insidious article creeps into the discussion, and contaminates its meaning for those of us who are non-religious. For almost its entire history that clause has been interpreted as though it said “establishment of A religion”, rather than the text AS WRITTEN. Can someone please tell me how it is not an establishment of religion for Congress to instruct the Treasury of the United States to print the single most issued document of the its government with a motto that denies that the non-religious even exist? You may trust in God, but WE most certainly do NOT. Can someone please tell me how it is not an establishment of religion for the Chief Justice of the US to add the words “So help me God” to the end of the only oath which is established by the Constitution itself (the President’s) or for Congress to put those words into the oath required for military service?

    As to the second clause, what about MY free exercise of non-religion? How is that not impeded when the God fearing can have the meeting places completely removed from the tax roles, and claim tax exempt status without even filing papers to that effect?

    It’s time for the non-religious to have equal rights, folks, and I think we’re going to have to rise up and take them.