Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Blog Against Theocracy This Weekend

I'll be following Hot Cup of Joe and plan to participate in the upcoming Blog Against Theocracy this weekend (April 6-8). Like Carl, I don't know what my meager contribution will be, but I've got a couple of things in mind. Note that although it is going to be perceived as anti-religious, it's really about reminding those who think their religious beliefs supercede all others that this country was founded on principles of religious freedom...and whether or not you think the constitution actually addresses "separation of church and state", there can be no doubt that religious freedom (including the freedom to be non-religious, agnostic, atheist, or whatever) is seriously at risk without that separation.

From Blue Gal, here are some of the general guidelines:

The idea is to post at least once from Friday to Sunday Easter Weekend, April 6-8.

The post will be against theocracy, in favor of our Constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state. But there are a LOT of issues tied to this, as is pointed out in the First Freedom First website:
No religious discrimination.
PRO End-of-Life Care (no more Terri Schiavo travesties)
Reproductive health decisions made by individuals, not religious "majorities"
Democracy not Theocracy
Academic Integrity (like, a rock is as old as it is, not as old as the Bible says)
Sound Science (good bye so-called "intelligent" design)
Respect for ALL families (based on love, not sexual orientation. Hellooooo.)
And finally,The right to worship, OR NOT.

So take your pick and write your post(s). Really, the wider variety of topics makes it all the more interesting. I can't wait to read what Pharyngula has to say about sound science, or what some of you will have to say about reproductive choice as it relates to church/state separation, or how a religionist blogger feels about their own freedom to worship and how that is compromised by state sponsored religion. (That's my topic, fwiw.)


Blue Gal said...

Thanks for promoting this, and for participating! You're a good writer. That's really the only requirement, in my book. Glad to have you on board.

Christopher O'Brien said...

Thanks! By the way, you're latest post got me thinking a bit more introspectively...I just finished posting. I love your philosophy!