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Tucson Atheists Message Board › Judge Declares War On Atheists

Judge Declares War On Atheists

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Robert L S.
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 32
April 26, 2005

California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown doesn't like all of us uppity atheists and secular humanists trying to have our government, you know, actually follow the Constitution. That's just so outrageous, that she feels compelled to speak out against us in her impromptu "talks" with her fellow religious conservatives.

In fact, she doesn't like us so much that she's declared war on us.

[Link] Just days after a bitterly divided Senate committee voted along party lines to approve her nomination as a federal appellate court judge, California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown told an audience Sunday that people of faith were embroiled in a "war" against secular humanists who threatened to divorce America from its religious roots, according to a newspaper account of the speech.
This is a common argument that I've seen time and time again. The religious conservative person wails and gnashes their teeth over the awful secular humanist atheists who are "threatening" people of faith with historical revisionism designed to wash away or minimize our country's "religious roots." The fact that this is not what anyone is actually trying to do means very little. If they keep saying it often enough, then the millions of soft-headed sheep will believe that it's true. Perception is reality to the herd. She also resents the fact that atheists can think and act for themselves.

[Link] She added that atheism "handed human destiny over to the great god, autonomy, and this is quite a different idea of freedom…. Freedom then becomes willfulness."
God forbid we have autonomy! True Freedom™, of course, really means being a submissive slave to an angry magic man in the sky and his self-chosen earthly representatives like Judge Brown. All this liberty and freedom crap has to come to a stop right now, you dirty atheists!

And to that end she has declared war. Surrender now, or be locked away for treason when she climbs into Rehnquist's Supreme Court seat.

[Link]"These are perilous times for people of faith," she said, "not in the sense that we are going to lose our lives, but in the sense that it will cost you something if you are a person of faith who stands up for what you believe in and say those things out loud."
What utter tripe. The only thing that will "cost you something" if you "stand up for what you believe in" is your special privileges if you "believe in" theocracy.

America is not a Christian Nation. No one religion should be treated better, or given special preference, than any other. However, Christianity has long held a preeminent spot in American society. This is not surprising given the absolute majority of Christian-identified believers in this country, and I do indeed understand that. However, the thing that makes our country, our way of life viable, is the way that our government is designed to be completely non-sectarian, even neutral, with regard to matters of religion and faith.

That is not to say that government employees, judges, or politicians cannot be religious, or that all religious symbols must be eradicated from the "public square", or any other strawman argument that is made by political religious conservatives. But when they are acting in the name of our government they must remain scrupulously neutral on religious matters. Individual American citizens have the freedom of religion. Our government does not have that right. And by extension, when someone is speaking on behalf of our government, they must take pains to be completely neutral.

To do anything else is to invite theocracy.

"But," you say, "Christians don't leave their faith at the door!"

Yeah, I know. That's the problem. What do you think the solution is?


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