From the earliest arrival of Europeans on America’s shores, religion has often been a cudgel, used to discriminate, suppress and even kill the foreign, the “heretic” and the “unbeliever”—including the “heathen” natives already here. Moreover, while it is true that the vast majority of early-generation Americans were Christian, the pitched battles between various Protestant sects and, more explosively, between Protestants and Catholics, present an unavoidable contradiction to the widely held notion that America is a “Christian nation.”

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Anonymous asked:

I've been having this conversation with some friends, and I'm curious about your opinion on how much of 9/11 was based on the US foreign policy and how much was Muslim extremism. I wrote this in my LJ: "I think the lesson of 9-11 is NOT that the evil Muslims are out to get us, but that our foreign policy has screwed over so many people in the world to protect US oil interests. And they still hate us, because we are STILL doing it. We have learned nothing as a country. We dishonor the memory of the people that died 9 years ago by not taking any responsibility for our actions.
"This is not an us vs. them scenario. This is time for the US to take a long, careful, introspective look at itself and realize that we are hypocritical, and willing to screw anyone over in order to protect ourselves. We are the evil empire.

People died needlessly 9 years ago. I deplore the loss of life. I am disgusted with the combination of anti-American sentiment and fundamentalism. But the first we can at least address and solve.

I have a couple of questions for you to think about anon.

1) Imagine that tomorrow the USA ceases to exist. Do you think the impulse of Islamic fundamentalists to impose by force their religious beliefs and laws on others would cease? Do you think that the disappearance of the USA (and by extension the end of the nation’s interests) would eliminate their women hating, gay killing, science and art opposing, cleric led political and social agenda?

2) Should the western world ignore or tacitly approve of the way Islamic fundamentalists oppress the people under their control just so they can love us or at least stop hating us? Are you willing to screw over burqa wearing women, child brides and pedophile abused children? All in the name of what? Who is actually the evil empire here? How is the USA responsible for all of this?

3) What will appease the religious? Is there something one could do that would stop the fundamentalists from trying to impose their understanding of Sharia Law around the world as commanded by their god? Do you think you could overrule god? If so, how?

4) Which is actually important? Preoccupations with anti-American sentiment or actually opposing fundamentalism? It seems that the first will take care of itself as time goes by. If we do not do anything about the second it could very well take care of us. Permanently. Don’t you think?

Take care.
In reason,

In a speech Friday night, Beck said he feels like “God dropped a giant sandbag on my head. My role is to wake America up onto the backsliding of principles and values most importantly of God. We are a country of God.”

Usually, I don’t get to political in this blog. But the fact of the matter is that conservatism and theocracy go hand in hand. There is no doubt about it. The historical revisionism, the lies, the propaganda, and the exclusion from public and political life of those who do not share their religious delusions cannot go unchallenged. If there is a time to be outspoken in favor of reality, truth and fact it is now. It is most needed here.

Come out as atheists, donate to secular and skeptical organizations, go cast your vote against the theocrats. Do something. It is your own liberty to live and think freely that are at stake here.

In reason, and in hope…