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06-27-2002, 03:38 AM
Do you agree with the federal appeals court ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance, with the words "under God," is unconstitutional?
If another child wanted to pray to their God, I would teach my child to sit quietly and respect them. Why cant a atheist or anyone else do the same for my child who I want to say a pledge?
06-27-2002, 04:01 AM
This is an absurd interpretation of separation of church and state.
The point of separation of church and state is that government should not favor certain religions over others (and also that government should not interfere in the internal affairs of religious groups) -- not that government should root out all references to religion.
At a time when we are engaged in a War Against Terrorism, this type of ruling can only serve to demoralize the American people. While terrorists who reject Western values promise to destroy our institutions, there are judges in our own court system working on a parallel track.
Though atheists are often instigators and supporters of this anti-religion witch hunt, it should be pointed out that there are some "conservative atheists" who are sympathetic with the aims of Christianity and Judaism.
I also find it outrageous when, as seems to happen every so often, the child of an atheistic family joins the Boy Scouts and then demands that that the Boy Scouts accommodate him. What's next -- atheists demanding to be admitted into churches and synagogues to protest against religion?
I'm surprised that we haven't yet heard of a girl suing the Boy Scouts to let her join. :D
06-27-2002, 04:24 AM
Reconstructionist Judaism does not require a belief in God. I'm fairly sure than Unitarianism does not either, and if I'm not mistaken the concept of a deity for Shakers as well as in the Ba'hai faith is very abstract almost philosophical, perhaps along the lines of Spinoza's 'god is everywhere' or close to the Tao.
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