A Call to Action
It’s time for us to stand up and be counted. Approximately 14% of Americans call themselves nonreligious; in California it’s 19%. A 1998 national survey in Nature magazine showed that only 7% of National Academy of Sciences members believe in a personal God. However, with all the religious fervor bouncing around, there is a real danger that this great nation could be wrenched to a full theocracy, from our current de facto theocracy. Heavy pressure is on our elected officials to add an “Under God” amendment to our constitution. We must do all we can to keep this a secular nation, free of any more government entanglement with religion. Don’t think that it can’t happen. With GAWD on their side, the religious feel that they can do no wrong. We’ve already seen 99 senators prostrating themselves to their perceived spirit-in-the-sky addled electorate. All but three representatives also followed the path of righteousness. Our constitution is supposed to protect minorities, but there are three hard-core conservatives on the Supreme Court, so all the religious right needs is the opportunity to add two more and there will be a lock on our (non)religious freedoms for decades. They wouldn’t even need that if the constitutional amendment passes. It really could. After all, what politician would vote against GOD?
"...it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brushfires in people's minds."
by Mark Thomas
— Samuel Adams
"Can anyone look at the carnage in Iran, the bloodshed in Northern Ireland, or the bombs bursting in Lebanon and yet question the dangers of injecting religious issues into the affairs of state?"
— Barry Goldwater, "Mr. Conservative"
"The mixing of government and religion can be a threat to free government, even if no one is forced to participate.... When the government puts its imprimatur on a particular religion, it conveys a message of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the favored beliefs. A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some."
— Harry Andrew Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, majority opinion in Lee v. Weisman, 1992
"History furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes."
— Thomas Jefferson, 1813
"It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."
— Thomas Jefferson
"The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man."
— Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Moor, 1800. For other quotes of his, see Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government.
"... the government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion."
— Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (6/04/1985)
"Religion has ever been anti-human, anti-woman, anti-life, anti-peace, anti-reason and anti-science. The god idea has been detrimental not only to humankind but to the earth. It is time now for reason, education and science to take over."
— Madalyn Murray O'Hair, 1990
" [Non-believers] can't be considered citizens or patriots...this is one nation under God."
— George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States
"There may have been a more senseless, ridiculous decision issued by a court at some time, but I don't remember it."
— Senator Lieberman, on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the Pledge of Allegiance
(Perhaps he has forgotten the Dred Scott and the Korematsu (WW2 Japanese internment) decisions by the US Supreme Court.)
"Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity."
— Senator Joseph McCarthy, in a speech to the Ohio County Women's Republican Club, 2/09/1950
"As True Christians, we are called upon to marginalize other faiths or people with no faith, and to scream “PERSECUTION!” when they rudely return the favor."
— Pastor Deacon Fred, Landover Baptist Church (parody)
’Under God’ is Unconstitutional and Divisive
President, Atheists of Silicon Valley
by Mark Thomas