It is pretty obvious to this non-believer that our nation is becoming more and more of a theocracy with evangelicals and conservative Catholics imposing their views on the majority through a thoroughly stacked Supreme Court.
Firstly there is not one “out” atheist in our government. If you know one please enlighten me in the comments section. No candidates run as atheists. I’m sure there are non-believers out there but apparently they are all closeted.
While am a non-believer I try to convince no one. I try to live rationally – for I believe that this is all there is – this time; this moment.
I do not believe we were “created in the image of God” along with the rest of the universe notwithstanding that Mormons believe the Garden of Eden is in Missouri. We are animals (as opposed to being plants) sharing most of our DNA with our dog or cat.
I do not believe the world is only five thousand years old or that dinosaur bones were somehow “planted” where they were found. I do not believe that any religion is literally “true” notwithstanding that each of the major religions claims to be. I do not believe in a “god” that needs to be obeyed, worshiped and adored – kind of like an emperor of ancient times.
In Europe, 25% of Czechs are openly atheist. Meanwhile religion has had a string of victories lately at the Supreme Court – you know – you don’t have to do it if it is a “sincerely held” religious belief. There are so many lately!
Now this is nothing new. All my life there have been 20 somethings singing to Jesus , arms reaching to heaven with the look of the rapture on their faces. It doesn’t bother or me at all. I just shake my head and go about my life. It only becomes troublesome when these folks try to impose their beliefs on everyone else.
When I was a kid I remember the fanatics insisting that our paper money bear the motto “In God We Trust.” “Under God” was inserted in the Pledge of Allegiance. It was mocked in grocery stores in Brooklyn – “In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash” signs appeared at cash registers.
Why was it a national issue? Because the believers wanted it done. Period. It wasn’t the idea of non-believers. But hey; I’m easy. put whatever you want on the money.
You all remember Hobby Lobby. If not, Google it.
In 2014 the Court held that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate on private insurers must yield to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) because the mandate was violating the rights of closely held corporations and thereby the religious liberties of the owners of the corporations.
The notion that a corporation can be religious and thereby exempt from certain regulation is not a new concept in the non-profit sector and religious organizations, such as religious schools or other charity organizations.
What was new was the SCOTUS ruling that the exemption applies to for-profit corporations, as well. The companies who brought suit in this case were “closely held corporations”, in other words, family owned
The family that owned Hobby Lobby, which provided a medical insurance program to its employees didn’t have to include contraception services because contraception was against their religious values.
This opened the door to local wedding cake makers tp refuse to serve gay couples because it was against their religious values. One also hears the argument from these folks that “This is my business; I an serve who I like.” Its the same argument heard during desegregation spouted by ax welding redneck store owners in Georgia..
They wouldn’t serve blacks. Now they won’t serve gays. Next there will be a belief test: we don’t serve atheists.
Here again the Court is siding with the religious. The rest of us, tired of religious mythology, don’t seem to mean squat.
Last week Texas effectively killed Roe 5 – 4 which is exactly what the religious wanted. By doing nothing the Court rendered its decision. It could act in a hurry when it wished but it but not not when it counted. It was silent.
But not so today.
The Supreme Court granted a stay of execution on Wednesday night for a Texas inmate who wants his preacher physically by his side praying for him, “laying on hands” at the time of his lethal injection. Texas execution etiquette doesn’t allow it.
Prison officials rejected his request to have his pastor by his side, praying aloud and touching him when he’s executed. His lawyer argued that this was a violation of his First Amendment rights to practice his religion
So his lawyers took it to the Supremes to stay the execution on the grounds of religious freedom. The Court immediately granted the request. Laying on of hands was more important than Choice.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for doing away with capital punishment (the Christians we are talking about aren’t). It is just another illustration of the increasing religious bias of the Court.
The order marks the third time in the past two years that the Supreme Court has halted an execution in Texas “over the state prison system’s rules on how religious advisers can attend to condemned prisoners as they die.”
As these believers gain power we are becoming a theocracy. They have just about killed Choice. Next they will come after the abortion pill and ultimately contraception. Gay marriage is on the list. The best way to control a woman is to make her into a vessel – a womb. Barefoot and pregnant.
School prayer is on the list. The religious want t everyday for every child.
Once we get to mandatory Sunday service and heresy laws we will have become Taliban light.