Thank you for the polite reply and honest questions. They are much appreciated.
Actually it happens all the time in America. Prayer in classrooms and on sports fields. Biblical creationism in science classes. Ten commandments in courtrooms. Oaths of office and religious tests. Religious discrimination in the military. Tax-exempt churches. Religious slogans on our money and in our Pledge.
Prayer should be allowed and is allowed in classrooms and sport fields, as long as it isn't a school initiated event. If I was a teacher, I would never stop a Muslim from praying. It is his/her right under the constitution. I don't think biblical creationism should be taught, but I do think Intelligent design should be since it is a tenable position. In doing so, I don't think any religion should be named, but to dismiss it is to be biased against it. Any not-for-profit organization shouldn't be taxed. I am okay with no religious slogans on money or pledges, but to take them off just for that reason is just as wrong as the reason they were put on, perhaps.
Each time we point out a problem however, rather than being thanked for our vigilance defending the Constitution, we are excoriated by the theist majority. "They're just troublemakers.
If one is truly an atheist, why do they care. If Everything is meaningless, why would they bother about what people believe? Even if they thought those beliefs were dangerous, who cares? Like 911, who cares? Those were just meaningless people who died in a meaningless act, right? Of course I don't believe this, especially since my sister was in the second tower.
Everyone knows this is a Christian country, founded on Christian principles.
I am not sure this is a Christian country, but the nation was founded on Christian principles. Though not all of the original founding fathers were theists, the constitution reveals religious/Christian principles.
Micah, there are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, and it is the fastest growing religion on the planet.
This is actually a misnomer, Islam is not the fastest growing religion in the world. Islam is the fastest growing in Europe, but they are second in the world to Christianity. There is also a much different reason to their growth than to the growth of Christianity.
Would it bother you to live in a country where the great majority believed that Islam is the source of their morality?
Yes, b/c their morality sucks. Their abuses of women and such is appalling. Morality based off Islam is not even comparable to the morality which comes from Christianity.
Are you interested in Islam, and trying to learn as much as you can about it? Have you read the Quran cover-to-cover?
Yes, I am. I once flew to New York to visit my sister and I met a Muslim who was flying to NY to fly to India. I knew more about Islam than he did. It really surprised him, to say the least. I have not read the entire Quran cover-to-cover, but I have read a great deal of it. It actually has some of the most beautiful language of God, and talks about Jesus. A few verses from the Quran that have stuck with me are:
"He is God, besides whom there is no other deity. He is the sovereign Lord, the Holy One, the Giver of peace, the Keeper of Faith; the Guardian, the Mighty One, the All-powerful, the Most High! Exalted be God above their idols! He is God, he Creator, the Originator, the Modeler. His are the most gracious names. All that is in the heavens and the earth gives glory to him. He is the Mighty, the Wise One." Surah 59:22-24
Have you listened to it in the Arabic, as Muslims will tell you is the only proper way to experience it?
Unfortunately I don't speak Arabic yet, so I have not listened to or read the Koran in it's original language. You are right though, they only believe that you can experience Allah through the original language. Talk about an exclusive religion!!
There are many beautiful verses about God in the Quran, but it isn't the word of God to Muhammad. There are many noted issues surrounding the text and the historicity of it.
Peace - Micah