Is Atheism a civil rights issue?

Is Atheism a civil rights issue?

There are 13 comments on the Poor Mojo Newswire story from Mar 26, 2013, titled Is Atheism a civil rights issue?. In it, Poor Mojo Newswire reports that:

Several states still have laws on the books that ban atheists from holding public office.

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“you must not give faith”

Since: Jul 12

Nottingham, UK

#1 Mar 27, 2013
"Several states still have laws on the books that ban atheists from holding public office. Being an atheist can be used in divorce cases to argue against custody. Atheists who stand up for their first amendment right to not be proselytized to in school are routinely persecuted.

Which is my way of saying ... maybe it is a civil rights issue."
There is also the fact that atheists are the least trusted minority in america! http://www.soc.umn.edu/~hartmann/files/atheis... the up side to all this I can make a joke on how at lest I may be more populer than a rapist, and how I can look at this fact and go PORGRESS!!!
Let's also look at how some religious people say I have no morals. I could go on, yes Atheism is a civil rights issue maybe the old civil rights issue.

Since: Sep 10

Earth

#2 Mar 28, 2013
US states used to ban jews from holding office for no other reason than being jewish.
whatthe

Toronto, Canada

#3 Mar 29, 2013
Benjamin Frankly wrote:
"Several states still have laws on the books that ban atheists from holding public office. Being an atheist can be used in divorce cases to argue against custody. Atheists who stand up for their first amendment right to not be proselytized to in school are routinely persecuted.
Which is my way of saying ... maybe it is a civil rights issue."
There is also the fact that atheists are the least trusted minority in america! http://www.soc.umn.edu/~hartmann/files/atheis... the up side to all this I can make a joke on how at lest I may be more populer than a rapist, and how I can look at this fact and go PORGRESS!!!
Let's also look at how some religious people say I have no morals. I could go on, yes Atheism is a civil rights issue maybe the old civil rights issue.
I would hazard a guess as to such bans being a violation of the citizenship clause and the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

“you must not give faith”

Since: Jul 12

Nottingham, UK

#4 Mar 30, 2013
whatthe wrote:
<quoted text> I would hazard a guess as to such bans being a violation of the citizenship clause and the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.
and any other laws on treatment on treatment on minorities and the first amendment and the a ton of international laws like the human rights act, you can pretty much get a law textbook pick a page and have an unbeatable case.
Tolerance is a Virtue

Cary, NC

#5 Mar 31, 2013
I think, in general, people that say they believe in things that they really don't believe in are dishonest. Eventually, lying becomes a way of life to them i.e. little white lies are no big deal. They'll bend over backwards to give other people the impression they choose to give them.

Therefore, I find it hard to believe that atheists are the least trusted minority in America. To me, atheists may be the most critical thinkers and willing to see beyond the smokescreens.

Everyone should be able to do what they want to do and believe in what they want to believe in as long as it doesn't hurt anyone or infringe on anyone's happiness (including holding public office or having a good chance at custody).

Likewise, atheists really shouldn't get all twisted up because someone mentions the word, "God", as long as they aren't using "God" as leverage to manipulate and get their way.

Oh, and to answer the question, Yes, I believe in these cases stated above, atheism is a civil rights issue.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#6 Mar 31, 2013
RULER OF THE UNIVERSE AS SOLIPSIST:
Excerpts from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Scripts
....
MAN: Hello?
FORD PREFECT: Er, excuse me, do you rule the Universe?
MAN: I try not to. Are you wet?
FORD: Wet! Well, doesn't it look as if we're wet?
MAN: That's how it looks to me, but how you feel about it might be a different matter. If you find warmth makes you feel dry you'd better come in.
....
ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX: Er, man, like what's your name?
MAN: I don't know. Why, do you think I ought to have one? It seems odd to give a bundle of vague sensory perceptions a name.
ZARNIWOOP: Listen. We must ask you some questions.
MAN: All right. You can sing to my cat if you like.
ARTHUR DENT: Would he like that?
MAN: You'd better ask him that.
ZARNIWOOP: How long have you been ruling the Universe?
MAN: Ah, this is a question about the past is it?
ZARNIWOOP: Yes.
MAN: How can I tell that the past isn't a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?
ZARNIWOOP: Do you answer all questions like this?
MAN: I say what it occurs to me to say when I think I hear people say things. More I cannot say.
....
ZARNIWOOP: No. Listen. People come to you, yes?
MAN: I think so.
ZARNIWOOP: And they ask you to take decisions—about wars, about economies, about people, about everything going on out there in the Universe?
MAN: I only decide about my Universe. My Universe is what happens to my eyes and ears. Anything else is surmise and hearsay. For all I know, these people may not exist. You may not exist. I say what it occurs to me to say.
ZARNIWOOP: But don't you see? What you decide affects the fate of millions of people.
MAN: I don't know them, I've never met them. They only exist in words I think I hear. The men who come say to me, say, so and so wants to declare what we call a war. These are the facts, what do you think? And I say. Sometimes it's a smaller thing....
....
MAN: But it's folly to say you know what is happening to other people. Only they know. If they exist.
ZARNIWOOP: Do you think they do?
MAN: I have no opinion. How can I have?
ZARNIWOOP: I have.
MAN: So you say—or so I hear you say.
....
ZARNIWOOP: But don't you see that people live or die on your word?
MAN: It's nothing to do with me, I am not involved with people. The Lord knows I am not a cruel man.
ZARNIWOOP: Ah! You say ... the Lord! You believe in ...
MAN: My cat. I call him the Lord. I am kind to him.
ZARNIWOOP: All right. How do you know he exists? How do you know he knows you to be kind, or enjoys what you think of as your kindness?
MAN: I don't. I have no idea. It merely pleases me to behave in a certain way to what appears to be a cat. What else do you do? Please I am tired.
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This definitely reminds me of some of the Topix conversations we've had over the years.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#7 Apr 8, 2013
NightSerf wrote:
This definitely reminds me of some of the Topix conversations we've had over the years.
I would have to agree with you here.

That was a most amusing piece, though.. Adams was a genius, no doubts.

Thanks for sharing it.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#8 Apr 8, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
I would have to agree with you here.
That was a most amusing piece, though.. Adams was a genius, no doubts.
Thanks for sharing it.
He was indeed. A bit nervy to up and die, though, don't you think? He should still be writing!!!

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#11 Apr 8, 2013
NightSerf wrote:
<quoted text>
He was indeed. A bit nervy to up and die, though, don't you think? He should still be writing!!!
Indeed.

And I see someone has written a script to put negative jugicons all over the Ode To Adams.

Clearly an art critic-- one with poor taste too.

But are not, by definition, all art critics people of low moral character and poor taste?

Incapable of anything creative on their own, they seek to pull down that which they cannot even accomplish on their own.

Sad, really.
Tolerance is a Virtue

Cary, NC

#12 Apr 8, 2013
I'm beating you in the "clueless" catagory!

It's the same person over and over. They may not know how to write in full sentences.
tazzaz

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Apr 8, 2013
youtube.com/watch... ……… Wish ya'all luck

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#14 Apr 8, 2013
Tolerance is a Virtue wrote:
I'm beating you in the "clueless" catagory!
It's the same person over and over. They may not know how to write in full sentences.
Without a doubt.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#15 Apr 8, 2013
tazzaz wrote:
youtube.com/watch?v=7k9SoLcRmw 8 ……… Wish ya'all luck
Pass. Once I saw the description, I closed the tab--before the commercial was over.

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