Berlinerblau's got the right idea.Religions press their power
and influence into the public square at their own peril, and at the expense of
I don't know where the idea that secular equals atheist comes from but it
doesn't. Secular is simply the idea that religion will not be a factor in
making law, that fair dealings with one's fellow man will be. That justice
will be. There has been fair law in societies with all kinds of beliefs, but if
you look at the societies where any religious system was used as a basis for
that society, there has been unfairness and a tendency to judge on more than
fair dealings with one's fellow man and fair law. That was how this country
got its start, and even then, there was no fair deal for the people who were
already here, since the settlers brought their religious biases with them.
Secular governance is fine, and those who choose religion are free to do so, and
with all the zeal they choose. Those who choose to not be sure, to take another
route, or choose none at all, are free to do that as well--and all are free to
change their minds and hearts, if they wish. Is that so difficult?
Organized religion and politics just don't mix. Both are corrupt and,
joined, they magnify the corruption of the other.