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Sometimes, I wish I were in the religious right. I would feel better ranting about the requirement for religious freedom if it were more obvious that it didn't benefit me or match my personal views. I mean, it doesn't matter to me a lot now. I have been Christian; I have been agnostic; I have been Wiccan; now I'm pretty much a "Do what you feel is right" kinda guy. I don't worship in a particular way, I don't pray to anyone anymore. I'm pretty sure that there's something out there, and I think of "it" (when I think of "it") in fairly personal terms, rather that the impersonal "cosmic consciousness". But the religious right would still see me very much as an outsider.

The right needs more open-minded activists: People inside the fundamentalist Christian wing that KNOW that other people are allowed to think other things, and that is not a problem. Unfortunately, the open-minded people don't tend to BE activists. They tend to think of open-mindedness as being normal and obvious, and not in need of a champion. They are wrong.

Without vocal opponents, the religious right will roll over everyone else, by use of money and sheer numbers, and claim it as a victory for democracy (when they're not claiming it as a victory for their God).

Excerpt from The Treaty of Tripoli:
"...the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..."
- Officially ratified by the Senate of the United States of America on 10 June, 1797

I can't be bothered to do the research and find the facts, but anecdotally, I was told that one of the reasons that a neo-pagan religion was granted "official" religious status in a New England state was that the courts admitted that since the colonies were originally formed by people fleeing Europe to avoid religious persecution, they should not themselves inflict that same persecution. (I am so lazy to not look up the detailed facts on this, but - hey - this is an opinion column, not a Masters thesis.)

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it."
- John Adams, second President of the United States

While I'm not sure that I agree with Mr. Adams that religion should not exist at all, I would certainly expect that it would be a better place if no religion ran any government, explicitly or implicitly.

29 February 2012 AD
29 February 52 JHE

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