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Government neutrality is not anti-religion

April 18, 2012

In an article for “Psychology Today”, David Niose (president of the Washington-based American Humanist Association) provides some examples of why government neutrality on religion looks very different than what an anti-religion government would look like.  Interesting article, including examples of public school prayer, the U.S. “official motto”, and faith-based partnerships between the government and religious institutions.

Government Neutrality is not Anti-Religion


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  1. Thanks for posting the article, it’s very interesting. It seems to me that the Religious Right utilizes the ‘slippery slope’ argument whenever possible. Gay marriage will someone ruin the institution and turn society towards bestiality. Likewise, if American politics becomes neutral towards Christianity the Muslims and Atheists are somehow going to take over the world and Christianity as we know it will end. Well, xianity as we know it is ending. It’s transforming into something better and I think (and I believe Paul Tillich will back me up) when allow doubt and dialogue into the mix, Christians can become stronger in their faith. But I’m starting to digress…

    On the other side, I think there is a fear in American politics that the Right wing conservatives will lose their voter demographic if they allow neutrality to truly take place. They depend and cater to that audience just as much as the green party relies on the far left. So they play into that fear, use it as fear-mongering which takes the focus off of the issues that really matter in politics. I’m sure someone has written books on this topic alone (or should, because I would read it!)
    As the article is depicting: becoming neutral doesn’t mean anti-religion; it means being able to accept and allow every practice to be considered equally. If that is somehow going to make people stop believing in God than I’d say their faith was on the rocks to begin with.

    However this is just my view, I’d love to hear the opposing side.

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