I will come to the debates (which I have to get to still) later, but I wanted to make a post regarding this film I saw on Friday. First, the trailer:
Now being interviewed on the women's program "The View":
And his appearance on Larry King:
I believe to be a non-believer in America is an uphill battle. Even evidenced by this film. Look at the number of screens its being shown on versus all of the other top 10:
I have made it easier for you to see:
only 502 screens across the country.
I think the most important message in the film is, we don't need people in possession of the nuclear (yes that's nuclear not nucular) codes who want to expedite the "end times" and the second coming of Jesus.
Why does religion have to dominate our elected officials? Why - when this country was founded as a secular republic by our founding fathers - does someone need a "I'm a Christian" punch card? I have said it before and I will continue to say it. The founding fathers would be appalled. They wrote the constitution with language that was simple, and easy to understand. They mapped it all out in 1787 right there. They did NOT mention God or Jesus or this being a "Christian Nation" at all. They didn't say you have to be a Christian in order to be President. Let's have a read:
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.
The only place it even so much as mentions religion is in the Bill of Rights - 1791
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Let's reiterate the relevant part:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion
Get it now? Its written in the constitution. I thought that the constitution still meant something. In an era where our rights are being stripped away from us, I guess they figure if they can tear one part of the constitution, they can tear another part. I have a problem with someone who is supposed to be representing me in government and gets his direction and guidance from talking voices in his head. There comes a time when the rational minority must stand up to the bullying. Bring this country back to how it was intended. This is NOT a Christian nation! With Bush the religious nuts who say we are a Christian nation came out of the woodwork.
You should recoil in horror when you see this type of garbage. I support the FFRF. They had got handed to them a religious smackdown after their billboard efforts were met with vitriol and an anti campaign.
%12 of Americans are rationalists. Think of that number for a while. 98% of scientists say evolution is a fact. I say there should be no more of this privileged status that religion holds. People always tend to shut their ears and play the hurt feelings card when you talk about religion. I do respect your right to practice your religion - as per the first amendment as outlined above. I am not obligated however, to respect your religion itself. In other words, you can have an imaginary friend, an invisible man in the sky who can simultaneously hear the murmurs of billions of people at the same time, and also act on them, but don't expect you should be immune to ridicule because your feelings are hurt. You leave it open to ridicule when you start talking about global floods, walking on water, raising the dead, and the talking snake. This should not be a taboo subject.
Keep Religion out of politics by FFRF.