June 29, 2007

Promoting Atheism in Oregon

There is an outstanding letter about atheism in the Oregon Daily Emerald. Here are some highlights:
Recently the Democratic presidential front-runners participated in a "Faith and Politics" forum on CNN to prove their religiosity to the voters. Why is this attack on the separation of church and state so easily accepted? Why is this blatant bigotry not only tolerated, but also encouraged? Don't we deserve to be judged by the content of our character, not by our willingness to embrace superstition? Do we really want to continue to keep some of the brightest and most educated people out of public office?
And
We ask our judges, our journalists and our educators to stick to the facts. It gives us the best odds for positive results. This is what we strive to do in our educational institutions and in our justice system because we know that a critical look at all the evidence will most likely lead to the most desirable outcome. So why is this method of reasoning marginalized when it comes to the nature of reality and to the choosing of our politicians?
This is the kind of article I always love to see in the papers because it says exactly what needs to be said to a much wider and more diverse audience than we bloggers reach.

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