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We should all always remember this and this is why we will never and should never have any anti-blasphemy laws in this country. This whole controversy has been a tragedy with so many lives lost but that does not mean that we should surrender our freedom of speech, our freedom to criticize, and our freedom to blaspheme.
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So is wanting to be the most powerful man in the entire country, but that hasn’t stopped Mitt Romney from trying.
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I actually agree with this message. If you’re gullible enough to believe prayer can affect the election, you probably don’t pay enough attention to understand the impact of your vote as it is.
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Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all. Now this is going to be difficult for some who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, as many evangelicals do. But in a pluralistic democracy, we have no choice. Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality. It involves the compromise, the art of what’s possible. At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise. It’s the art of the impossible. If God has spoken, then followers are expected to live up to God’s edicts, regardless of the consequences. To base one’s life on such uncompromising commitments may be sublime, but to base our policy making on such commitments would be a dangerous thing.
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The guy holding this sign looks really familiar for some reason. I have no idea why but I feel like I’ve seen him someplace before.
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I figured I’d throw out a few words on the subject since it seems to be a hot topic of discussion among Atheists already.
First off, I do think there was far too many references to God and the bible. However I am not going to get on his case about it too much because he often takes so much crap from the right about how he doesn’t reference God enough. Obama wants to be a peace maker, he wants to try and stomp out some of the fires and not fan the flames any more. I think so many obvious references was a bit telling that he wanted to make it an obvious point. The last thing he wants right after is Fox news going out there again and talking about how he was so “disrespectful” to the families for not talking about God.
If this was George Bush, yes I would get on his case about it. The reason being that Obama has done a lot of positives in referencing Atheists and non-religious individuals. Many in the past either completely ignore it or even worse (Bush) make derogatory statements. As I said I didn’t like the number of references but I do still think Obama has been very supportive of freedom of religion (or non) and expression. I personally could of done with out any of the references myself but I understand why he did it. Small steps, and Obama is at least going the right direction overall.
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