Daily Archives: July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July, 2014!…

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Date: July 04, 2014

Happy Fourth of July, to all who observe it!

…I happened upon a fascinating episode of On Being, dealing with the United States early history…the founding fathers…separation of church and state…and more…

…Thought I’d share it with you…

…On Being: Steven Waldman and Philip Hamburger — The Long Experiment of American Democracy…

…Direct Download Link…

I love the no nonsense talk about our religious roots…Yes it was there…Yes, it was intentional…But at the same time, it was extremely messy and sometimes outright nasty…cruel and inhumane, even. Eventually, leaders rejected formal national religion…and took a new path.

No…as an atheist, I cannot deny religious roots in the U.S….And atheists would be foolish, to deny it…Thing is, this country eventually wizened up and decided people should be free to follow their own spiritual path…be it religious or not.

…We should be grateful for that…This is what we should celebrate, and champion as atheists…

…This nation rose above it’s past, in that regard…It had enough collective sense to evolve…Hallelujah!

That is one of the best features of this country…because it can leave everybody with hope and possibilities.

Contrary to what some may wish us to believe…the United States religious history, was not a totally wonderful love story…substantially far from it, in fact.

It is refreshing to hear people give a level headed discussion, of this nations past.

As a nation…we all need to stop lamenting on “what the founding fathers intended [for us]”…

…Though I thank each of them for what they did…reality is…they are long dead now…As such, they no longer make decisions effecting the lives of people like you or I.

It doesn’t matter whether George Washington believed in god…whether he thought churches should rule over us…whether he snorted cocaine…or whether he would have liked Twinkies over Ding Dongs, given the chance to taste and decide.

…Even great dead men, don’t have the authority to make decisions for the living.

We have moved beyond, whatever it is they might have envisioned…And maybe it is time, that we all started dealing with that reality?…and the strengths and weaknesses of that reality?

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