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Re: [atheists-59] Reporting Religion

From: Anand
Sent on: Monday, June 11, 2007 9:56 AM
No real surprise really.  Historically the Church (note the capitol C) has always been more of a political institution than a religious one.  With the global resurgence of fundamentalism over the last thirty years it was only a matter of time before the Pope tried to get in on the action...

My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met. - Rodney Dangerfield

On 6/11/07, Michael <[address removed]> wrote:
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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