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  •  How many atheists spoke? (1+ / 0-)
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    Did they regale the crowd with how spirituality infused their family life, even though they did not accept organized religions' depictions of a deity? Did they talk about how important morality is since all morality is based upon faith in each other, rather than God?

    Did they discuss how excluding God from decision-making was important to ensure that all Americans were treated equally regardless of faith, or how it was necessary to ensure that decisions were based on the best information possible from all sources, as long as those sources were verifiable?

    I don't get what's so contentious about my observation.

    -8.38, -4.97 "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

    by thingamabob on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 08:52:49 PM PDT

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    •  Uh, If there had been an atheist (4+ / 0-)

      running, then they might well have done that. And everyone would have been OK with it. But the program itself was basically Clinton, Obama and Edwards being asked questions about how their faith intersects - or doesn't - with their political platforms.  And then Zahn followed up with the four Roman Catholics (and seemed to want to nail every single one of them on not agreeing with the Pope on abortion and gay marriage, when Jim Wallis had just said that for far too long, the debate has been narrowed to just those two issues - I really did have my fists clenched by the end of her stint because she just wouldn't give it up).  

       So, Clinton, Obama, and Edwards all happen to profess Christianity.  And this thing was sponsored by a Christian group that is aimed at broadening the debate about faith and politics to include global warming and poverty.  (Poverty not being something there has been a lot of attention paid to lately in the national debate). And these three candidates agreed to do it, of their own free will.  Much like some are agreeing to come to Yearly Kos, of their own free will.  And CNN agreed to broadcast it, knowing that this was something new in the political sphere (i.e. a change occuring in the political landscape) and, believe it or not, knowing it would be interesting to a lot of people.  What in the world is wrong with that?  Do we squeal when candidates go talk to the NAACP and focus on issues of importance to African-Americans?  Why squeal when candidates go talk to religious Americans about stuff like poverty and abortion (and yes, Clinton did knock that one out of the park) and global warming?

      "From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen, from all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men . . . deliver us, good Lord."

      by md jeffersonian on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 09:10:02 PM PDT

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      •  "If there had been an atheist running" (0+ / 0-)

        I'm sure they would have been welcome. And my criticism wouldn't be as salient, either.

        That's sort of the point, though, isn't it?

        -8.38, -4.97 "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

        by thingamabob on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 09:47:31 PM PDT

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