(Have some controversy with your Monday morning coffee ... - promoted by mooncat)
It occurs to me that the states that have the highest per capita churches seem to be the least interested in education. Like Alabama ranking among the top for cuts in education. I don’t see these things as being exclusive. I see that taking a poor group of people and asking them to give 10% of their income to the church leaves them with less to spend on their educations. After all who needs education that teaches children to think? Having a well-educated group graduating school every year would be detrimental to the Christian way of life.
Christianity needs people to remain uneducated. It is necessary for the survival of the church. The largest growing group in the world is one of nonbelief. Having said that and understanding that education and rationally thinking things through are among the leading reasons given for leaving the religions of our ancestors. Churches don’t want children to receive the education that allows them to think rationally.
This is why we strongly oppose religion in schools. This is why we feel that all religion should be removed from politics. If you want to pray to your imaginary friend at home… Then do it. Don’t sit back and let the RNC sing amazing grace, or the DNC to use the word God in their motto without speaking up. Jefferson started building a wall of separation. It is now our turn to place a brick in that wall.
This nation was established as a secular nation. That is not up for debate. The Constitution of The United States made no mention of God and it made only one mention of religion. “No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” That is it. No other mentions of religion. So why so many people are convinced that the United States was built on Christianity puzzles me? Atheists make up 16% of the American population. To give you an idea the Jewish population is only 2 to 3% depending on the poll you look at. So why do we sit back while Christians pawn off their religion on the masses?
We must fight to keep these religions out of our “secular nation” and push for more education. This is not the fight of all Atheists. It is the fight of all Americans, or at least it should be.
I leave you with some words from Thomas Jefferson & Christopher Hitchens:
" ... no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities."--Thomas Jefferson
"Jefferson build up that wall"--Christopher Hitchens
I hope you enjoyed my rant..