Secularism, USA, Economist

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Politics
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Been some time since I saw a good article in The Economist, with equally good (mostly) comments. This was one.

Some quotes:

“Americans are more hostile toward the idea of an atheist presidential candidate than they are to a gay, adulterous, marijuana-using or utterly inexperienced candidate.”

“The problem is seldom with the religion but the religious”

In fact, eight states still officially ban atheists from holding public office.

Btw, this bit of JFK’s speech is must read. How I wish these words could be enshrined, strictly, in constitutions across the world (and speciall, my India).

…where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president—should he be Catholic—how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

Go read the article. And the comments. It’s worth your time, even if you are a jihadist / crusader / ram sene aspirant (tells you how the other side, we, feel).

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