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  •  Yes, we do live in a secular society. (1+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle

    Most definitely. And it's the only kind of society that allows religious and non-religious to coexist. It embraces freedom of religion and freedom from religion, both. And this is necessary to avoid your religious expression dominating my decision not to believe.

    We aren't silencing religion when we say it does not belong in the public sphere. Because there are millions of venues for your religious expression outside the public sphere. Your home, your own mind, your billion and one churches. The absence of overt religious expression in the public sphere does not mean the absence of religion. Logically, you carry your religion with you wherever you go. But the presence of overt religious expression in the public sphere drowns out my right not to be assaulted by religious proselytizing wherever I go.

    It's like the difference between loudspeakers and headphones. In a public place, I shouldn't be forced to listen to your choice of music at high decibels. But I also don't have the right to stop you from putting on your headphones and listening to whatever you choose.

    That's a secular society. It's the best way to balance competing "rights".

    •  The fact that you don't want to have your speech` (0+ / 0-)

      drowned out does not me you can stomp on my right to free speech.  If you don't want to read what I write, don't read it.  But if we all go around with headphones in our ears, none of us will ever learn anything about other ways of being.  Just as facts have a liberal bias, so does the Bible. It deals constantly with economic justice. I bring that argument to the public debate. You bring other supports.  But when people hear their religion being trampled on, their instinct is to shut out whatever comes next.  So there is a great number of people whom I can reach but you can't, and vice versa.

      We live in a pluralistic society. The ideal for that society is to be a place where all views and all backgrounds are respected.  If you want to stop those who try to monopolize the conversation, then please do so on the basis of their behavior, not the fact that they are Christians.

      Five years after I chose my username, happily living somewhere else.

      by Tenn Wisc Dem on Mon May 14, 2012 at 09:49:15 PM PDT

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