GOP and Fox News telling humanists and atheists to get lost
House Republicans in the Armed Services Committee told humanists and atheists in the military to get lost. They voted down humanist chaplains in the military. Not one Republican voted for them.
Fine, I understand the Republican party is basically the party of Christian theocracy, but there are at least 100,000 atheists/agnosticsts/humanists in the military and sometimes they need or desire a form of counseling that is short of seeing a psychatrist.
Seeing one, by the way, could potentially harm your military career. Republicans all the time tell us to "support the troops", though that usually means just support a war, but they don't seem to want to support non-believing troops.
On another related area even non-belief, Fox News once again shows its' hatred and disdain against atheist and non-believers. A Fathern Jonathan Morris was part of a 4 person panel on FNC talking about an atheist monument (in the form of a bench with atheist quotes) outside of a courthouse.
The courthouse had already a 10 Commandments display. Not surprisingly, but still sadly, not one person of the four was an atheist or sympathetic to atheism. See, according to Morris, atheists like me are "disrespectful" for not allowing theists like him from being able to dominate the public discourse without dissent.
Heck, how I dare write this column! Atheists like me should just allow theocrats like Morris to promote the mythology that the 10 Commandments are in anyway a basis for our government, which they aren't. In fact, we are a nation built in opposition to the 10 Commandments. We are an Enlightenment based secular republic.
Theocrats like Morris get mad when their speech isn't promoted by the government and when the speech of atheists is put beside it. Indeed, they often get mad by the purely private speech by atheists and humanists. Dozens of billboards in the last few years put up by atheist/humanist groups have been vandalized by people who believe Father Morris is wise.
Fox News isn't balanced, when it comes to religious issues they are almost as bad as Pat Robertson's 700 Club, but at least Robertson does not pretend to be balanced. That is what is so bad about FNC, they are clearly biased but they deny it.
I don't deny my bias, I am a secular humanist progressive-social libertarian. That is who I am. I don't pretend to put up both sides of a debate, though I try to refrain from painting strawman positions of my opponent.
If you want to support the cause of humanism and church/state separation, I urge you to think about joining the American Humanist Association, the Freedom from Religion Foundation or Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Or, just visit their websites in the meantime.