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    The Left seeks increasing pluralism while at the same time being challenged to not water down belief to mushy irrelevancy

    While I would not have put it quite so harshly, "mushy irrelevancy" describes quite well the view of an Atheist on religion.

    America was not founded on religious tolerance, it was founded by Europeans seeking to enforce religious persecution in a new land, having been effectively evicted from their own.

    The Constitution was an attempt to address this tendency as the "Supreme Law of the Land". That is, the US would not, by Law, ever be allowed to be a place where religious persecution, either way, would be tolerated.

    That is the bit that the Christian Right forgets. They are happy to use the 1st Amendment to advance their religious liberties, and rather less happy to accept that it also advances my desire to live free of them.

    Belief is a private and personal matter. True believers keep it that way.

    All the others are simply on a power trip intent on shaping the country and the world to their own view.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 06:45:11 AM PST

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