“The idea that if you take religion out of the public square, if you take the Bible out of the classroom, that that’s neutral – well, no it’s not neutral! It’s a different worldview.“
I partially agree. Schools should conduct a survey of religion(s) Nobody is taking your religion out of the public square. People are however, opposing the government endorsement of religion, writ large. And I’m really not sure how one teaches secularism in school.
I think people should call you a dumbass. There, see how that works?
And, no. Religion cannot be banned. Religion is the faith and practice regarding supernatural [and naturally invisible] deity, by individuals.
Make up your mind…you just called the absence of a religion NOT a religion..and then contradicted yourself. A secular “worldview” professes a paradigm where the State [the government of ALL American citizens in this case] does not officially endorse the existence of a supernatural deity…much like our Constitution.
Somewhere a bumper sticker has lost its catch-phrase. Freedom OF religion likewise does not mean a government endorsement thereof…it means that all citizens are free to practice a religion of their choice, or none.
Uh-huh. The public square and marketplace of ideas occurs when like minded citizens form voluntary associations. When the State takes a stand on a controversial and utterly unprovable issue such as religion, it opens the gates for a majority oppression of certain ideas..as we’ve seen in the past.
An astute commenter at the link below noted: Secularism isn’t the presence or absence of belief. It is the act of not taking a position on religion where one’s personal views on religion are not at issue.
Military service should rightly be reserved for those who believe in and are willing to die for what America stands for – and what America stands for is a belief in God as the source of our rights.