||[Nov. 29th, 2009|06:41 pm]
A few things have popped up in the news lately.|
First, there was the execution of 4 police officers in Washington state. A gunmen entered a coffee shop and shot them all before fleeing. Pretty heinous, but what caught my eye was someone on Facebook who said this demonstrates why people should be armed. Excuse me, but the officers WERE armed and it didn't save them. I don't get it.
Second, there's a new movement among atheists to go mainstream, as well as a more activist arm that is seeking to declare war against religions. Now, I fall somewhere in between. Frankly, people are free to believe (or not believe) whatever they want. The problem comes when people attempt to impose their views upon others. This relates to a whole slew of issues, ranging from gay marriage to drugs to how we choose to raise our children.
Outlawing gay marriage because it's a "sin" is wrong. It crosses a line, imposing a religious viewpoint upon the population at large, including those who don't believe in any sort of god or in a different god.
There are many more examples of such shenanigans. To just cut to the chase, on a personal level, I feel the need to be a bit more activist in my atheism. For too long, there's been a pernicious creep of religion into public affairs and it is time to push back. Now, there's a fine line here and one of which I am very conscious. Religions are free to advocate viewpoints based on their moral belief- stop the war, no more abortions, no gay marriage. But the line is crossed when they use their tax-exempt status and chunnel these funds into political activities. When a "religious" group spends $10 million of its congregant's lucre on blatant political activities, it's time for the government to step up.
And soo I am sure there will be an issue with Alisa and the "Pledge of Allegiance". They still make the children say "One nation under God". Lina and I will talk this over, but I think Alisa should not have to say "God", especially since, among other things, she's Jewish (obstensibly).
(and lulz abound now about the iPhone commercial and the caller's name- "Ted Kapusta". Kapusta is a Russian word for their version of cole slaw.)
Anywho, back to the game and sorting documents to be filed away.