Christianity Johnson on 28 Sep 2008 07:19 pm
If you are a rational person living in the United States today, you face discrimination. Here are five recent examples:
At issue is the creation by our General Assembly of a Christian license plate, featuring a bright-yellow cross superimposed on a church stained glass window and bearing the words “I Believe.” Our state government is clearly giving preferential treatment to a particular religion. The legislature is not creating a license plate for Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists or pagans. Atheists, agnostics and humanists cannot order an “I Don’t Believe” plate.
While Congress was debating what to do with the Wall Street bailouts this week, they took the time to vote on one other piece of legislation dealing with money. Amidst the largest financial crisis in our nationâ€™s history, our senators unanimously passed a bill yesterday supporting an organization that discriminates against atheists and gays.
“The reaction on the blog was vitriolic when I quoted reports in the mainstream American media, including the New York Times, about Palin as governor pursuing vendettas, firing officials who crossed her and sometimes blurring the line between government and personal grievance. When I asked if this would be the behaviour of a Christian, one emailer responded: “You are a sad little pathetic man who does not have a shred of decency and cannot support his beliefs with the truth, so must make up ‘facts.’ Someday you will be judged for this, and I hope that day comes soon. You deserve what you get.” Imagine what will happen to rational people if Palin actually gets elected.
Americans know that politicizing our churches is terrible thing to do. It will divide our communities along religious lines, undercutting our secular and pluralistic democracy. If elections boil down to which churches can turn out the most voters from their own pews, the majority faiths will control the government and church-state separation and interfaith peace are sure to fall by the wayside.
“The proposed regulation completely obliterates the rights of patients to legal and medically necessary health care services in favor of a single-minded focus on protecting a health care provider’s right to claim a personal moral or religious belief,” the attorneys general said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services.