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Re: [atheists-59] Reporting Religion

From: Susan
Sent on: Monday, June 11, 2007 9:28 AM
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs "Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers" (­), the army allows both the American Atheists symbol and the Humanist symbol on tombstones.

-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael <[address removed]>
>Sent: Jun 11,[masked]:55 AM
>To: [address removed]
>Subject: [atheists-59] Reporting Religion
>2 issues raised on this week's religion show on the BBC World Service:
>1. The Catholic Church is increasingly pressuring Catholic politicians 
>to vote the church's line, even at this point threatening them with 
>excommunication.­ This week's show mentioned Australia, but I also read 
>in the paper about Mexico City's vote on abortion.
>The issue here is not abortion. Of course, I do not expect all atheists 
>to hold the same position on abortion. We are a diverse lot. But when 
>the Church starts dictating how Catholic politicians vote, they are 
>bringing back that fear that so many Americans had in 1960 about 
>electing a Catholic president: that he would have to take his orders 
>from Rome and not from the American people and constitution.
>I might still vote for a Catholic politician, but he must first go out 
>of his way to prove that his loyalty is to the American people and not 
>to pope. I can longer take that for granted.
>2. After all these years, the US Army finally recognized the right of 
>soldiers to have a Wiccan funeral. I'll admit that the only thing I like 
>about Wiccan is its humor value, but I'm wondering, do atheist soldiers 
>have the same right? I would assume so, but I'm not sure.
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