Under the banner of ‘common sense’ this author of this article wishes to continue the assault on the state by various religions which translates as Christianity in the United States. What it is is common nonsense. The best route is to keep the two entities as far apart as possible. The odd thing is that some of these people acknowledge what has happened in the past once the lines are blurred. There must be something else afoot, eh?
Our common sense approach should allow for verbal religious expression and for the display of religious symbols and materials in public and government venues. Although all religions should have equal access and rights regarding those expressions and displays, the majority religion would obviously have a major advantage here. But so be it.
This works in reverse too. There are areas of the United States where we, the atheists, are the majority. Under the guise of “majority rule” we could replace every “In God We Trust” with “God is Dead”. If you’re a religious person how would you like to enter a government building and see that phrase above your representatives head? How about official ceromonies where you put your hand on “Origin of the Species” and repeat the phrase “So help me Darwin”?
How about money that says “In IPU We Trust” or calls for the “FSM” to “Bless America”? Busts of Neitzche all over the place? Monuments bearing the principles of Secular Humanism? Children being forced to at least witness all their classmates reciting:
“When I became convinced that the Universe is natural — that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom … For the first time, I was free … I stood erect and joyously faced all worlds. And then my heart was filled with gratitude, with thankfulness, and went out in love to all the heroes, the thinkers who gave their lives for the liberty of hand and brain … And then I vowed to grasp the torch that they had held, and hold it high, that light might conquer darkness still.”
But, this reverse is something pro-”common sense” persons fail to consider because it’s automatically assumed that the religious would never be victimized by their own “common sense”. And that betrays the privilege that such calls rest upon.
And as usual, the suggested compromise never requires them to give any ground. It is, in effect, a complete capitulation to their demands that they continue to stamp their gods name on everything, have their god recognized by the state and all it’s institutions and so on and so forth. Lest we be called names and face accusations of “religious persecution” for failing to see the “common sense” in not challenging them.