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Christianity Johnson on 28 Sep 2008 07:19 pm

If you are a rational person living in the United States today, you face discrimination

If you are a rational person living in the United States today, you face discrimination. Here are five recent examples:

1) Framers of our Constitution purposely put into place a ‘wall of separation’

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.

2) Congress Takes Time to Support Discriminatory Organization

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 nation’s history, our senators unanimously passed a bill yesterday supporting an organization that discriminates against atheists and gays.

3) Canadian view of Sarah Palin draws American fury

“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.

4) Church Politicking Scheme Is Category 4 Threat To American Democracy

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.

5) States, medical groups oppose abortion rule

“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.

11 Responses to “If you are a rational person living in the United States today, you face discrimination”

  1. on 29 Sep 2008 at 3:02 pm 1.SteveK said …

    Complain all you want, but if it’s part of the law, or if the policy/action came about via a legal process then by definition it isn’t discriminatory. It becomes discriminatory when a court rules it discriminatory – but not until then. I suppose next you’ll be saying prisoners are discriminated against because the law gives non-prisoners more rights.

  2. on 29 Sep 2008 at 8:18 pm 2.lil tom said …

    wow, steveK, you really show such christlike compassion.
    by that same “laws of the land” trumpcard, the torture and crucifixion of your very own savior was perfectly legit, then. no discrimination there… as too was slavery and witchburning, etc.

    and yes, you are right: atheists are totally equivalent to convicts. we *deserve* exclusion and discrimination for our honesty.

  3. on 29 Sep 2008 at 9:05 pm 3.SteveK said …

    Who said anything about atheists being equivalent to convicts? Geez! You must be tired from working so hard to make a connection that isn’t there.

    My comment was stated from a secular government perspective so give it a rest. If you want to argue against this perspective then go ahead and give it your best shot.

  4. on 01 Oct 2008 at 5:29 am 4.lil tom said …

    steveK,

    which secular government are you referring to? are you living in Scandinavia? I am not, so please try not to make assumptions. I happen to live in a country that is teetering on becoming a theocracy.

  5. on 01 Oct 2008 at 10:31 pm 5.SteveK said …

    I was referring to the USA.

  6. on 03 Oct 2008 at 4:37 am 6.lil tom said …

    the usa is not a secular government.

  7. on 03 Oct 2008 at 4:38 am 7.lil tom said …

    try again.

  8. on 06 Oct 2008 at 4:00 am 8.nugget said …

    USA is not a secular government, but the society itself makes this statement true. Now, some say this because the US has such a mass variety or different types of religion and contradicts one of the amendments. Others believe that the US foundation was formed under a creator or “under God” and should be kept that way. Regardless, whatever we said or believe will not change the global religious wars developing or change the minds of this government.

    We can just continue arguing and stating our points.

  9. on 06 Oct 2008 at 4:25 am 9.SteveK said …

    To clarify further, I meant the perspective held by a government not required to abide by religious law/rule. Call it what you like.

  10. on 07 Oct 2008 at 9:05 pm 10.Christ's Soldier said …

    lil tom, why are you so angry at people who make an attempt to spread the word that they think true? I think you should consider other’s views before dashing their own hopes, God Bless.

  11. on 07 Oct 2008 at 10:19 pm 11.Hermes said …

    “lil tom, why are you so angry at people who make an attempt to spread the word that they think true? I think you should consider other’s views before dashing their own hopes, God Bless.”

    I don’t see what you’re talking about. Care to specify where Lil Tom showed what you say he did?

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