Atheists Rally In Washington

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    America is a country where belief in God is widespread and believers dominate a lot of political discourse. This past weekend was atheists turn to say, “wait a minute, we’re here too, we’ve got rights, and we’ve got a perspective that the country may need.”

    Atheists Rally In Washington

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    Atheists Gather for Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. | Atheists Assemble: Reason Rally Descends on Washington, D.C. | NewsFeed | TIME.com

    One big hit with the crowd was Jessica Ahlquist, the 16-year-old Rhode Island high school student who successfully sued her school district to remove a prayer from her school’s walls. During the fight, state Rep. Peter Palumbo called her an “evil little thing,” an epithet she has since proudly embraced.

    “If they resist the gospel of Jesus Christ they will end up in a lake of fire,” said Marvin Holmes, 70, who traveled from western New York with four people from three churches. (cuz it burns, burns, burns)

    Atheists rally on National Mall in show of political force - The Washington Post

    "These are battles that homosexuals have won, people of color have won, women have won," said journalist Jamila Bey, who recalled losing a job after her Christian boss learned she was an atheist. "We can't stay silent anymore."

    Thousands of Atheists Rally in D.C. : Discovery News

    National Academy of Science charted belief in God as low as 5.5 percent among biologists and 7.5 percent among physicist and astronomers in a 1998 study.

    Are scientists atheists? Should they be?

    Are Scientists Atheists? : Discovery News

    What is God's Role in Natural Disasters? : Discovery News
     
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    "Goddamn it, John ... the Republicans are selling their soul to win elections ... Mark my word ... if and when these preachers get control of the party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem." -- Barry Goldwater as told to John Dean
     
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    Currently, we all have the right to peacefully assemble. That's one of the beauties of the First Amendment. You can exercise it, even if you are assembling to try to eliminate someone elses First Amendment rights.

    Though, from what I heard, it sounded more like ignorant Ba'al worship than no worship at all. And it certainly wasnt a strong support for the old athiest argument that you dont need God to be a moral people.
     
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    They can rally as freely as the next guy.
     
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    Let them rally!
     
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    They are not doing it to abolish religion (maybe a very little select few want that), they are doing it for the interest of everyone's rights. If one religion has their way, then everyone else's rights get stepped on. If non believers has their way, then they can make it where everyone has their rights (Gay marriage and every religion is free to do their own shit). But if they try to make religion illegal, then it should be everyone's duty to throw them out of government.
     
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    Unfortunately many atheists are motivated by anti-religious feelings and intolerance. The idea that atheists are somehow more "neutral" than religious people is bogus.

    As for gay marriage, that is first and foremost a cultural and social issue, not a religious issue. Advocates of gay marriage aren't just opposing religious rules, they are proposing throwing out a few thousand years of basic social norms.
     

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