23rd February 2014

“Secularism is not 'atheistic' – it is an essential dividing wall between the political mechanisms of government and the personal beliefs of the individual. It is the bedrock of the Enlightenment concept of democracy and freedom and it protects the religious rights of the individual from those who would seek to impose their own religious views upon him or her.”

Unknown author

One Response to “23rd February 2014”

  1. Jeff Says:

    The problem is when it is enacted into law (i.e.; The US Constitution) and then interpreted by people who believe that secularism is when all religions are respected by not allowing any one to dominate, (as if the establishment clause read: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a religion, …”) rather than interpreting the actual words of the clause (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”). The way SCOTUS has interpreted the clause in the past has opened the law up to all sorts of perniciousness, from the tax exempt status of churches who don’t even have to file any government paper work to receive it, to the addition of “so help me God” as required by code to military oaths (done in 1963 as the last gasp of McCarthyism)