By Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins, Pitchstone Publishing
Whereas a lot of the general public debate within the usa over church-state matters has occupied with the development of nativity scenes on the town squares and the addition of "under God" to the Pledge, Faircloth, who served ten years within the Maine legislature and is now Director of procedure & coverage for the U.S. Richard Dawkins starting place, strikes past the symbolism to discover the numerous methods federal and kingdom criminal codes privilege faith in law.See nice experiences lower than
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I decided I’d put in my name for when the legislature needed someone to pinch hit. The day I was called, I offered a “prayer” that I liked: I quoted Walt Whitman and Susan Jacoby from her book Freethinkers. I heard a couple of grumbles from one or two people on the other side of the aisle, but I suffered no particular negative political consequence. Although offering the “prayer” was a hoot, at the time I knew of no organization, no strong lobbying force whatsoever for the secular values that I had communicated—Jeffersonian and Madisonian values.
The times became riskier for freethinking politicians such as the one who said this: “The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. ” Maybe Lincoln’s law partner was wrong. Maybe Lincoln, who was well versed in the Bible, was really religious, but had the Savior of the Union faced his own words today, his political career would probably stop short of Congress, much less the presidency. ” When fundamentalists point to the Bible to support the view that women are to be subordinate, they are justified—if you accept the premise that the Bible is worthy of greater deference than any other document.
I had lobbied for my state bar association years earlier and enjoyed it, but I’m particularly happy to do what I’m doing now. I’m glad to get up in the morning and look forward every day to working on issues that I care deeply about. I enjoy working for a cause rooted in our nation’s proud heritage and very creation, when Americans boldly broke free from the stranglehold of theocratic government. It is an exciting job, encompassing both lobbying in Washington and coalition building throughout America.
Attack of the Theocrats!: How the Religious Right Harms Us All, and What We Can Do about It by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins, Pitchstone Publishing