From Lisa's blog:
I'm tired, so this is bound to be more or less incoherent. And probably what some might deem "unintelligent". And full of spelling mistakes! Our friend Phreadom can enjoy them.
I read a stupid article in our lovely left-leaning newspaper, The Sun. Shouldn't have done it - I knew it would make me mad.
The stupid thing was so biased, and so wrong. Good Lord - why can't people just believe whatever the hell they want to believe, and not bug other people about it? Let me say this. JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE RELIGIOUS DOESN'T MEAN THEY CAN'T VOICE THEIR OPINIONS. For goodness sakes - the whole point of government is so that people of varying opinions and beliefs can be represented, not just one group of similar minded people. Everyone has opinions, and everyone deserves a say. Christians aren't going to take over the world, for goodness sakes. Stand up for what you believe in - unless it's politically incorrect. Then you're a bigoted, hateful, prejudicial person and you don't deserve a say. Arg.
Oh yes. And 75% of Canadians believe in defending the traditional definition of marriage. And so our government passes the law! Whoo! Way to be a representation of the people! Bastards.
And they also bashed a whole bunch of Christian orginizations. Why don't we abolish all of those too? Religious people shouldn't be allowed to be religious in public. Or teach what they believe, or what the Bible says. Heaven forbid.
And this is NOT an oppertunity for people to start an angry argument over the comments. I'm looking at YOU. No insults, no anything if it's going to start a fight.
End of angry rant. Tomorrow I talk about Doug.
And here is my response, as I'd like people to see it here as well, even if they don't read Lisa's blog, as it covers what I feel is an important topic, and I need to update the status of the about.com article anyway.
We're as free to call Christians (and other religious folks) idiots as they are to open their mouths and prove it.
It goes both ways. I actually support freedom of religion. I also support freedom of speech and separation of church and state. Just because you're free to believe in an imaginary sky god, doesn't give you the right to legislate your dogma based morals onto me, or force me to acknowledge your imaginary god by making it a part of my government and pledge of allegiance etc.
If you had actually read my blog, maybe you'd understand the finer points of the distinction, where I even posted an excellent article by a CHRISTIAN AUTHOR extolling the virtues of separation of church and state and common sense etc. Very well put.
Actually, I believe I'll dig it up again and post it here for you to refresh yourself. :)
And for the record, I agree with anonymous. It was the right thing to do. That much should have been obvious. But generally Christians have a hard time accepting that not everyone believes that Christians have the right to make their personal and/or religious beliefs into law to control the lives of other people. The law isn't meant to prevent things you simply don't agree with, and you saying "well god says so" is definitely not a valid argument in a court of law. Sorry.
And having gone to find that article, I see that about.com has removed it, and moved all discussion of Separation of Church and State out of the Christianity section into the Agnosticism/Atheism section. Which raises an eyebrow in and of itself to say the least, considering that being for Separation of Church and State IN NO WAY makes you an Atheist or Agnostic. That's just what the Christians would like to have you believe.
You can find the original article archived here on Archive.org.
Written by a Christian author, Charles Henderson, entitled "Separation of Church and State - A Wall That Should Not Fall".
PLEASE READ IT. You should be able to figure out exactly why Separation of Church and State is a good thing, and why it's not an attack on religion. They are 2 separate things, and coming from myself, who loves to bash religious folk as they idiots they are, also firmly believes in their right to believe that. Sorry if that's hard for you to understand. It's a little thing called common sense and freedom. Just because you aren't gay, doesn't mean you have the right to legislate your morality or beliefs onto another person and tell them they can't be normal like you just because they're attracted to another person of the same sex in the same way you're attracted to a person of the opposite sex. I believe I made this very clear on my blog with PLENTY of links to relevant material, just for people like you.
Just another reason I hate Religion.
There you go Lisa, just for you.
Please, do us all a favor and read those before you either bitch anymore, or before you bitch at me for posting to correct you.
(I would think it would be the least you could do, considering how much work I put into that post on Homosexuality just because I knew that I'd need the relevant information to convince people like you, so I spent quite awhile one day repeatedly revising, expanding and correcting that post to make it more informative.)
I might just post a copy of Charles Hendersons article as well, as it's no longer available on-line, but I think I'd need to get his permission to do so... and I'm not sure how fond he'd be of that, considering my general Christian-bashing nature, even though he and I are in total agreement on the article itself.