President George W. Bush continues to push his "faith-based initiatives" and to oppose both reproductive rights and same-sex marriage on religious grounds. He has made it about as clear as can be that he bases his policy decisions on his Christian beliefs. There can be no question that the Christian right has a political agenda and that it has accomplished much of what they want.
In a 1991 fundraising letter, Christian extremist Pat Robertson wrote:
We at the Christian Coalition are raising an army who cares. We are training people to be effective -- to be elected to school boards, to city councils, to state legislatures, and to key positions in political parties.... By the end of this decade, if we work and give and organize and train, THE CHRISTIAN COALITION WILL BE THE MOST POWERFUL POLITICAL ORGANIZATION IN AMERICA.The results of the 2000 and 2004 elections suggest that Robertson was correct. We are now living in something that seems to be moving closer to a Christian theocracy. President Bush's father, former President George H. W. Bush, does not even acknowledge our citizenship!
"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God."After 9/11, there are many who regard atheists as terrorists simply because we reject Christian dogma. It is not a good time to be an atheist in the United States. It may be better today than it has been at many points in the past, but that isn't saying much.
- Bush, to AA reporter Robert I. Sherman on August 27, 1987.
I will use this blog to organize my thoughts on religion and politics in American life. I also hope to spark some discussion and critical thinking in others. Our elected officials seem determined to return us to the Dark Ages where science and rationality were subjugated as enemies of religion. This would be a devastating setback and must not be allowed to happen. An atheist revolution is needed.