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Atheist Monument At Florida Courthouse Just The Beginning

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logo celebrating 50 years of American AtheistsOn Saturday, American Atheists unveiled a monument to atheism on the lawn of the Bradford County Courthouse in Florida. The monument is a bench and marker inscribed with quotes, concerning the relationship between church and state, by the founders, a quote by American Atheist founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and some Bible quotes showing the punishment for breaking the Ten Commandments. Also at the event American Atheists President David Silverman announced that more monuments will be erected around the country. While the public square should be free from symbols from any particular belief, if such symbols are allowed then ALL such symbols should be allowed.
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We Need To Fight All Violations Of The Wall Between Church And State

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clipart of a cheerleader saying Yay GodIn the news recently was a press release from American Atheists announcing they had appealed a court case to the US Supreme Court. The case, American Atheists, Inc. v. Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, is against a Kentucky law that would require state training materials to proclaim a reliance on God for protection of the state. One response I read about the appeal on an e-mail list I’m on wondered why American Atheists would waste time on such a case that was, in their view, giving lip service to believers. Unfortunately, many believers live for such lip service so those of us who want to protect the separation of church and state have to file law suits against what on the surface looks like minor offenses.
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Does Staying With The Boy Scouts Undercut Obama’s Statement Against BSA Bigotry?

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image of BSA says no LGBTsIt was reported in the Washington (DC) Blade that through a White House spokesperson, President Obama said he opposes the ban on LGBT participation in the Boy Scouts of America. The ban was recently affirmed after a secret two year evaluation. The President made a point to say he would not resign as Honorary President of the BSA. Does staying as the honorary president undercut his opposition to the ban?
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Protesting Mosques is just ignorant

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For some odd reason the media has decided to focus on a small fringe of morons who get their “news” and “information” from FOX “News” or conservative talk radio. One of the idiotic messages the moron club is passing around is that all Muslims are terrorists looking to take over America and force Sharia law on all of us. These geniuses have taken to protesting the building of new Mosques. These people need a civics refresher.

“As a mother and a grandmother, I worry,” Ms. Serafin said. “I learned that in 20 years with the rate of the birth population, we will be overtaken by Islam, and their goal is to get people in Congress and the Supreme Court to see that Shariah is implemented. My children and grandchildren will have to live under that.”

“I do believe everybody has a right to freedom of religion,” she said. “But Islam is not about a religion. It’s a political government, and it’s 100 percent against our Constitution.”

Across Nation, Mosque Projects Meet Opposition

Banning mosques is a stupid idea that doesn’t address the made up issue they have. Banning anything just pushes it underground. China banned Christian churches for years but it never got rid of Christianity. People still meet in secret even though China does allow some public Christian churches. If one is worried about terrorism and you believe they all hook up at mosques then I would want them in the open so they can be checked out if need be.

Banning mosques is nothing but symbolism like banning a church. It wouldn’t prevent youth from being radicalized. It is just a cheap and ignorant way to express your jingoism.

As pointed out in the article:

Radicalization of alienated Muslim youths is a real threat, Mr. Bagby said. “But the youth we worry about,” he said, “are not the youth that come to the mosque.”

Besides none of the geniuses advocating the idea and protests have said what would be done with all the mosques already established such as in the Pentagon. There was one at the recent Boy Scout Jamboree. The BSA – the paragon of right wing Christian fundamentalism had a mosque!

The fact is we have the 1st Amendment that has and would prevent any strict religious law from becoming public law. The religious right is concerned probably because that has been their agenda for decades – forcing biblical law on all of us.

Jewish law and some Catholic laws are administered in this country for those who hold those beliefs. Typical use is in marriage rules since the civil act of marriage – managed by the state – is separate from the religious act of marriage.

Another example is the Amish. They use public roads yet the only requirement is to use a slow moving sign on their buggies. The courts ruled that the secular purpose of the sign trumped the Amish religious beliefs against garish colors on their buggies.

Under traditional use Muslims could use some of their Sharia law in their communities as long as those laws don’t conflict with the Constitution or current public laws.

It just ticks me off that the mainstream media have blown this issue up and still have not reported the truth about the complaints.