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Re: [atheists-662] A letter as it appears in today's News Journal/delawareonline

From: Greg W.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:05 AM
I listened to the whole "debate" in the State Senate, and believe me, it was a very painful experience.  The evangelical and catholic speakers, each sponsored by one of the State senators, seemed to think that the more words they used, the longer they spoke, the more convincing their message would be.  It wasn't.  It was stomach-curdling and painful to listen to.  The voices in support of marriage equality were much briefer and right on point, a breath of fresh air after the litany of earlier speakers.  At the end, the vote came out just as predicted - marriage equality won in this state and we will be able to get married starting July 1st. 
It always astounds me that religious leaders who quote their six "clobber verses" against homosexuality know so little about their holy text.  One of the oft-cited verses is one that claims that neither adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor other undesirables will ever see heaven (or something like that).  That word, "homosexual," did not appear in their eternal unchanging textbook until the 1950s.  So even their unchanging, inspired, literal words of god were actually changed.  And recently at that. 

From: Dave Martin <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, June 11,[masked]:58 AM
Subject: [atheists-662] A letter as it appears in today's News Journal/delawareonline

I read, with great interest, the debate swirling around the issue of marriage equality in Delaware. It's obvious the only opposition to the issue came from religion. Those opposed to the measure cited scripture, words written thousands of years ago during a time of fear and ignorance of the natural world, in justification of their position. What especially raised my ire was a Delaware Voice column authored by 28 presumably educated heterosexual men. These religious leaders used the Bible as their defense, a book based on myths and parables that should have no bearing on modern life.
Religion has obstructed human progress for centuries. Copernicus and Galileo defied church authority by suggesting Earth was not the center of the universe. Galilieo was forced to recant and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. Africans remained in bondage due to Old and New Testament passages. Women were denied equality for the same reasons. Darwin was villified for his observations that life wasn't spontaneously created 6,000 years ago but, rather, evolved from earlier forms over an immense span of time. Despite religious oppostion, another biblical obstacle was breached when Gov. Markell signed marriage equality into law. What will it take for people to realize the fallacy of their beliefs? 
Without reliance on the myths and parables of the Bible, I challenge readers of this letter, especiallyreligious leaders, to examine their beliefs and convictions objectivelyand publicly explain their belief in God, again by looking at their beliefs/convictions objectively without relying on the Bible. In another words, looking in from outside.
David C. Martin
Delaware Association
for Humanism

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