Reza Aslan: Sam Harris and “New Atheists” aren’t new, aren’t even atheists – Salon
SalonReza Aslan: Sam Harris and “New Atheists” aren’t new, aren’t even atheistsSalonAnti-theism is a relatively new phenomenon. But atheism is as old as theism itself. For wherever we find belief in gods we find those who reject such beliefs. The American anthropologist Clifford Geertz thought he could trace atheism all the way back …and more »
Oklahoma Skirts Gay Marriage By Marginalizing Atheists (crooksandliars)
Oklahoma Republican, Todd Russ has proposed a bill that would require a religious official to sign off on the marriage certificate to make marriages legal. It’s obvious that the Republican fundamentalists in one of the reddest states in the nation, harbor feelings of revulsion for same-sex marriage. Now, to avoid the same-sex marriage issue entirely, they are targeting atheists as well. Next to members of the LBGT community, atheists are the next most popular punching bag. There is **_not one _**atheist serving in Congress.
> Under Russ’s proposal, marriage certificates could be signed only by a religious official, who would then pass the certificate along to the clerk. Judges could no longer perform legal marriages.
While couples who didn’t have a religious official handy could still qualify for a common law marriage, this still means only church-sanctioned relationships could be legally, formally recognized.
Secular marriages outlawed? The government doesn’t have the right to decide unions, according to Russ. “
> Marriages are not supposed to be a government thing anyway,” he said Wednesday.
Russ, a credentialed Assemblies of God minister, is upset with rulings that have supported same-sex marriage.
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