Why Glenn Beck knows nothing when it comes to logic and religion
I was listening to Glenn Beck, an ultra-rightwing radio talk show host and I must say I am amazed at his ignorance of basic history. He was talking about a Kansas town named Buhler which had in a city park a logo with the city's name and a cross. The organization that protested this sign is the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Well, some commentator somewhere referred to the FFRF as a progressive organization. Which it pretty much is, but it is only concerned with church/state issues. Not other political issues. Well, Beck went off.
Beck believes that groups such as the FFRF, and probably the ACLU, are trying to have religious symbols removed from public to private property in order to ban them completely in the end. See, since to him progressives means the same thing as Stalinist commies and Stalinist commies made private property illegal, then progressives want to ban all private property. Hence, the state will take your private property, which will mean that religious displays, statues etc, will not be legal on the new now public property.
The only problem with this idea is that it is completely and entirely nuts. Progressives such as Teddy Roosevelt, his younger cousin Franklin and Woodrow Wilson didn't try or propose to make private property illegal. The FFRF doesn't care if religious groups or religious people put up religious displays on private property.
They, and I, are only concerned with ensuring that the government be neutral when it comes to questions of religion and letting the free marketplace of ideas debate the question of religion. Not the government. Now, if public property is open to the non-religious and religious, then the FFRF has no problem with that. They just want non-theists like me to have the same free speech rights as people like Beck when it comes to a governmental forum.