Monday, January 10, 2005

Atheists/Secular Humanists/Freethinkers

The school board hearing seems as good a transition as any into passing on some stories on our, er, ah, well, our friends?


In any case, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is considering an appeal to a recent court decision upholding a move by LaCrosse, Wisconsin to avoid church-state issues by donating land around a Ten Commandments monument to a private group.


As well they should: first of all, FFRF is based in Madison, as we've noted before.  While they pursue cases around the country, this is their backyard, so to speak.  And how could they resist, frankly, when Jerry Falwell is crowing about the decision:

I, for one, am praying that common sense also holds sway at the Supreme Court regarding the critical Ten Commandments case.  The annals of our nation's history are bursting with a host of examples showing that religion was a central focus of our Founders.  Please join me in praying that the High Court will once and for all demonstrate to the radical secularists that public religious expression has a fundamental place in our society, just as it has through our history.


Al Mohler goes off on a similar rant here.


But not all is grim:  the NYT notes an uptick in the "faithless" here (and demonstrates that they have a hard time with what to call themselves, too), and Reuters sees some similar raising of the humanist/atheist profile around the globe.


On the other hand, Newt Gingrich is touring Washington in search of God markers, and may be considering a run for president in 2008.  That's enough to give even the staunchest of believers pause.  As if we didn't have enough southern panderers with Roy Moore.

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