National Day of Reason today and Leroy Bulter dropped from church
Happy National Day of Reason. If you aren't aware, the National Day of Reason is a day to honor the utilization of reason. Yes, today is also the National Day of Prayer, a day delegated by Congress for the President to annoy people to pray. But prayer didn't invent this computer I am using to write this column.
Prayer didn't develop the internet I am using to post this. Prayer didn't even invent this alphabet that I am using to communicate my thoughts. It was reason and the application of reason in science. We are the first, and still maybe only, nation built upon reason. The early Founders of our nation were children of the Enlightenment. Thomas Paine, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson believed in reason.
Well, some cities are coming out in support of reason, by issuing proclamation in support. Dundelin, Florida for one. The mayor of Charlotte and soon to be U.S. Secretary of Transportion, Anthony Foxx, issued one also.
Washington D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents Americans with no full member of Congress, issued a statement in support of reason. So two did Democratic Congressman Michael Hnda of California. He issued a statement in support to the Congressional Record.
Our Founding Fathers based the Constitution of the United States, the basic document governing the affairs of people within the United States, upon philosophical principles that have their origins in the historical Age of Reason.
It is important that on the National Day of Reason, we take time to remember and celebrate this history, including the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion and freedom from the imposition of religion by the state. Our nation’s founders knew that the best way to protect religious freedom was to keep the government separate from religion.
By the way, former Packer great Leroy Butler tweeted his congrats to NBA player Jason Collins, the first active gay male pro-player in major sports. Well, a church he was to speak at didn't like this one bit. They violated the contract with Mr. Butler that they had, by canceling him from appearing at the church, where Butler was going to get a sum of money for speaking.
But supposedly people like me are intolerant for disagreeing with people who think Jason Collins is engaging in sin. When the Christian righ-wing is disagreed with, they act like they are being persecuted. Religious beliefs deserve no more respect then any other beliefs. Just because someone believes in an imaginary being, doesn't mean they can't be criticized.
Again, beliefs based upon reason and observation deserve respect, not blind religious belief.