Separation of Church and State

"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear." 
"Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus."
"And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors."
“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

   At the start of the cold war, Dwight D. Eisenhower decided that the country should push back against communism. Communism was being paired with science and materialistism. So, the idea was to create an opposite narrative for us.  That narrative was that America and everything it stands for, was and always had been built on religious faith.

   Our motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” was replaced by, “In God We Trust.” God was added to our pledge, 10 commandments to our courthouses, and our school curriculums were changed to highlight religious foundations.

   Our country was founded on reason.  It was founded on a love of science by people who believed that the human mind and human knowledge were the guiding lights we needed in this world.

   We've been waging a war on reason, science, and history for over 65 years now.  It’s about time we got back to what made this country great in the first place.  Science, education, and discovery.

   The cold war is over.  We've lost our place as the leader in science, and education. We've gone from almost worshiping them, always testing the boundaries, always striving for human greatness, and inventing almost everything that modern life is built on, to mistrusting it, and taking a back-seat on nearly every front.

   The greatest asset and power we have is our knowledge and understanding of reality.

   I don't trust political leaders that say they're going to build our public policy on anything other than this reality we see around us and the problems that can be overcome in this life here and now. 

   I've lived in India where people looked at me like I was crazy because I doubted the elephant headed God Ganesha.  I've lived in Buddhist monasteries where the same look comes from doubting reincarnation or chanting ancient texts.  

   There’s no end to the number of religions in this world.  We usually follow the most popular one in whatever area we’re born.  We think every one of them is crazy except for ours. 

   As uncomfortable as a Christian might be with someone making public policy around a Hindu God, a humanist would feel the same towards both the Hindu and the Christian.  Because, they're both adding extra and unknown layers to the decisions.

   I have the same view as our founding fathers on this.  It’s none of my business what another person believes about the nature of life.  I'm glad for the community, comfort, and structure religions provide to people in need.  But, when it comes to running this country, this common playing field we all live in, my decisions will be based on the common playing field of this one life and our ability to reason and debate about it. 




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