Some conservative commentators are accusing the Obama administration of inviting “hate groups” into the White House by holding a meeting with a coalition of secularist and atheist groups.Officials from the Justice and Health and Human Services departments met Friday with representatives of the Secular Coalition for America, an umbrella group that includes American Atheists and the Council for Secular Humanism. The coalition called it “the first time in history a presidential administration has met for a policy briefing with the American nontheist community.”
Now that is some change for your ass. Finally a president who really does value all opinions and beliefs, who isn’t afraid to hear a contrary point of view and isn’t so arrogant in his own beliefs so as to foist them on others. Cheers to the Obama administration for this. The right wingnuts are freaking out, they would just as soon burn those atheists at the stake, ya know?
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said the meeting provided a “definitive answer” about the administration’s stance towards religion.
“People of faith, especially Christians, have good reason to wonder exactly where their interests lie with the Obama administration,” Donohue said in a statement. “Now we have the definitive answer. In an unprecedented move, leaders of a presidential administration are hosting some of the biggest anti-religious zealots in the nation.”
And your point is? You have to wonder what they are so afraid of, if they are so right in their beliefs, don’t they have God in their corner? What fascinates me about the religious right is how all the different branches of Christianity and Catholicism have joined forces, even though they differ so much on beliefs that are “fundamental” to them. But somehow they seem to vote as a block and have become susceptible to the brain washing of the right, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the whole gang. They often vote against their own self interest, swept up in the propoganda and mind numbing lies and twisted reality.
So for the first time ever, these groups who are interested in separation of church and state and the rights of “non-believers” are being listened to, it has to feel pretty good for them since I imagine their battle has been a tough one.
But Dr. Ed Buckner, head of American Atheists, praised the Obama administration for including non-believers in the political dialogue, something he said was missing from previous administrations.
“Over 13 percent of the population is considered ‘non-religious,’ and this includes millions of atheists, freethinkers, humanists, rationalists, and other citizens,” Buckner said. “We are committed to the separation of church and state and to equality for non-believers in the political arena. Religious speakers must not continue to be given special privileges.
In the previous administration, the military made several moves to try to institutionalize religion among the troops. People are being harassed and pressured to participate in christian services. A lot of work has to be done to repair our country and make it open to all religions and non-believers. That was the reason my ancestors came to America, to be able to practice their religion without interference, they understood the problem of governments getting mixed up in religion.